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As Idaho businesses depend more and more on computer technology and the Internet, it is imperative that you understand the risks of conducting business in the online world and how you can better protect your operations.

If a small business has IT, does it need cybersecurity?

Not every small business can afford IT support, but YES, every business should have a basic understanding of cybersecurity and method for protecting their customer’s and company’s information and assets. Many small businesses opt to have no form of IT support, instead managing cyber threats without any dedicated cybersecurity professionals. Avoiding cyber threats such as phishing emails and malware have been accomplished with the use of basic antivirus software and by educating employees. Our goal is to connect you and your team with the best available resources suited to your individual company’s needs. 

The Governor of the State of Idaho has officially adopted the use of the Critical Security Controls (CSCs) to improve cybersecurity for State Executive Agencies.  The CSCs are an excellent method for implementing cyber defense.  Learn how your organization/business can benefit from using the CSCs:

Top 3 Ways to Protect Your Business Online

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Securing, Empowering Small Business with Technology

10 Cyber Security Tips for Small Business

1. Train employees in security principles

2. Protect information, computers, and networks from cyber attacks

3. Provide firewall security for your Internet connection

4. Create a mobile device action plan

5. Make backup copies of important business data and information

6. Control physical access to your computers and create user accounts for each employee

7. Secure your Wi-Fi networks

8. Employ best practices on payment cards

9. Limit employee access to data and information, limit authority to install software

10. Passwords and authentication


Stay Safe Online for Small Business

Online resource to help businesses understand the need and benefits in securing their networks and computer systems. Use this site to learn about the issues, make smart decisions about cybersecurity, and understand how to work with your local law enforcement to report an incident.

Small Business Development Center – Cyber Security

The Idaho SBDC wants to demystify cyber security and bring awareness about how a business can take the appropriate steps to operate more secure.  We are here to help you prepare for and respond to attacks.

Guides to Ransomware Attacks

Information and recommended steps for safeguarding against ransomware  &  additional collection of standard practices for what to do before and after a ransomware attack.

GCA Cyber Toolkit for Small Businesses

New toolkit to help small business owners manage security and privacy challenges. Demystifies the complexities of data security and gives you a non-technical roadmap to securing your customer’s and employees’ data.

US-CERT Best Practice Publications

All-inclusive library of cyber security publications ranging from general Internet security to how to protect your business computers. Includes access to the national cyber alert system to keep your business informed of the most recent Internet threats.

Center for Internet Security

Security configuration benchmarks to help businesses reduce the risks of technology disruptions resulting from inadequate technical security controls. A definite must for your information technology staff!

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