Are you an SMB owner? Is cybersecurity on your worry list?
We hate to say this: If it’s not, it probably needs to be.
Cybercriminals are increasingly setting their sights on SMBs to extract ransom money, customer information, and other valuable data. Security company Symantec found that the highest rate of phishing emails in 2017 occurred in businesses with employee counts between 250 and 500. In this company size range, one in 2,500 emails was reported as a phishing attempt.
With SMBs representing 54% of all sales in the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, SMBs cannot afford to take cyberthreats like phishing lightly. That’s why we at MediaPro are thrilled to co-sponsor a Cybersecure My Business workshop aimed at SMB owners in Ankeny, Iowa, on Sept. 18.
The free event, organized by the non-profit National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) will run from 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), at 2006 South Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50023. The morning will feature an interactive workshop educating attendees on how to improve employee and business security using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, an internationally recognized standard.
During the workshop, an NCSA-trained facilitator will take the attendees through the following steps:
- Understanding the assets they have that others might want to steal
- Learning how to protect those assets without having to spend a lot of money or time
- Detecting when something has gone wrong
- Knowing how to react quickly and appropriately to make the impact as small as possible and understanding the need to create a plan of action that can be implemented when a breach occurs
- Learning what resources are needed to recover after a breach
To learn more about staying safe online and to find links to websites that offer additional account security visit www.staysafeonline.org. Other workshop sponsors include the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Can’t make it to the event? Check out our free toolkit filled with security awareness resources designed specifically for SMBs.