The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is launching a national education campaign to help small businesses strengthen their cyber defenses and protect sensitive data that they store. The FTC will develop and distribute reader-friendly educational materials with information about cybersecurity that small businesses need. The effort grew out of the small business and cybersecurity roundtables that the FTC hosted last year with small business owners and non-profit organizations, employees, and managers to learn about the challenges they face when dealing with cyber threats and security, and ideas for how the government can help them.
This campaign will help small businesses with targeted, plain-language advice on everything from protecting against phishing scams to tips on what to look for when choosing a cybersecurity vendor. The FTC also developed several cybersecurity publications aimed at businesses of all sizes including these guides – Start with Security, Data Breach Response and Protecting Personal Information and Stick with Security blog series.
Information on issues of importance to small business owners will include training modules and videos. Potential topics include phishing, ransomware, email authentication, cloud security, tech support scams, vendor security, understanding the National Institute of Standards and Technology cybersecurity framework, and others.
In addition, the FTC will work with other government agencies to help develop more consistent messaging about cybersecurity and expand its work with the private and non-profit sectors to help get the materials developed by the FTC to more small businesses.