Cybersecurity Essentials for Small Businesses
Being online exposes us to cyber criminals and others who commit identity theft, fraud, and harassment. Every time we connect to the Internet—at home, at school, at work, or on our mobile devices—we make decisions that affect our cybersecurity. Emerging cyber threats require engagement from the entire American community to create a safer cyber environment—from government and law enforcement to the private sector and, most importantly, members of the public.
CISA’s Cyber Essentials is a guide for leaders of small businesses as well as leaders of small and local government agencies to develop an actionable understanding of where to start implementing organizational cybersecurity practices.
Reducing an organization’s cyber risk requires a holistic approach, similar to that taken to address other operational risks. As with other risks, cyber risks can threaten:
-Your ability to operate or access critical information
-Your reputation and the trust of your customers and constituents
-Your bottom line
-Your organization's survival