Cybersecurity and Resources for Small Businesses
New FTC Small Business Online Resources
By Carolyn Schrader
Small businesses now have an online resource center, provided by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that
focuses on cybersecurity tips and advice. The FTC has two primary focuses 1) protect consumers and 2) promote
competition. Strong cybersecurity measures adhered to by small businesses can help do both. The FTC
collaborated with the U. S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards (NIST), U. S. Small Business
Administration (SBA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the development of these resources for
The information center was launched in October, 2018 and resources include key information, guides for
businesses, quizzes that can be used as part of employee training, materials that can be downloaded, plus a few
videos. The introduction page is easy to navigate and takes the viewer to specific topics such as:
Understanding the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
Business Email Imposters
Tech Support Scams
Hiring a Web Host
Securing Remote Access
What is very helpful is each topic on the site includes key categories of information for quick reading and reference.
Categories include what the topic is/how it occurs, how to protect your business, and what to do if you are
The federal government provides additional cybersecurity information for small businesses at these sites:
SBA: Managing a business>cybersecurity
Federal Communications Commission (FCC): Cybersecurity for Small Businesses
DHS: Stop. Think. Connect. Small Business Resources
NIST: Small Business Information Security
U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team: Cybersecurity Resources Road Map
What your business can do
Read the information provided on each topic so you have current information on threats and protections.
Download the PDF documents (about 24 pages) and share the content at staff meetings and with your
partners such as your IT consultant, legal partner and vendors.
Share the videos at staff training sessions on cybersecurity. Everyone needs frequent reminders on the
threats and how they change.
Bookmark the site for future visits. The FTC provides blogs and updates periodically.