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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 16
22:17 2012

Let’s Get Vigilant

National Cyber Security Awareness Month - StaySafeOnline.org

National Cyber Security Alliance research on small businesses has shown that two thirds (66%) say that their business is dependent on the Internet for its day-to-day operations; 38% characterize it as very dependent and 67% say they have become more dependent on the Internet in the last 12 months.

The research also indicates that businesses have vital information to protect: 69% handle sensitive information, including customer data; 49% have financial records and reports; 23% have their own intellectual property and 18% handle intellectual property belonging to others outside of the company.

Furthermore, the research indicates that most small businesses have considerable risks that are not addressed:
• 77% do not have a formal written Internet security policy for employees.
• 63% do not have policies regarding how their employees use social media.
• 60% say they have a privacy policy in place that their employees must comply with when they handle customer information and half (52%) have a plan or strategic approach in place for keeping their business cyber secure.
• More small business owners say they do not (45%) provide Internet safety training to their employees than do (37%).
• Two thirds (67%) allow the use of USB devices in the workplace.
• Six in ten (59%) say they do not require any multi-factor authentication for access to any of their networks, and only half (50%) say that all of their machines are completely wiped of data before disposal.

Questions to Consider:
1. What information do you collect?
2. How do you store the information?
3. Who has access to the information?
4. How do your protect your data?
5. What steps are you taking to secure your computers, network, email and other tools?

To learn more, please visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/

SOURCES: StaySafeOnline.org and DHS.gov

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