Online security is one of the most important things to consider in today’s society. It’s not just individuals that need to be aware of cyber security risks, but it is businesses as well. From politics to healthcare, the potential threat of cyber-attacks can impact any industry of business. With the current influence the internet has on our lives, it’s important to be proactive when it comes to online security.
The first step in improving your cybersecurity is understanding your risk of an attack, and where you can make the biggest improvements. A cybersecurity risk assessment can identify where a business is vulnerable, and help you create a plan of action—which should include user training, guidance on securing email platforms, and advice on protecting the business’s information assets.
Planning and assessment tools
There’s no substitute for dedicated IT support—whether an employee or external consultant — but businesses of more limited means can still take measures to improve their cybersecurity.
FCC Planning Tool
The Federal Communications Commission offers a cybersecurity planning tool to help you build a strategy based on your unique business needs.
Cyber Resilience Review
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cyber Resilience Review (CRR) is a non-technical assessment to evaluate operational resilience and cybersecurity practices. You can either do the assessment yourself, or request a facilitated assessment by DHS cybersecurity professionals.
Cyber Hygiene Vulnerability Scanning DHS also offers free cyber hygiene vulnerability scanning for small businesses. This service can help secure your internet-facing systems from weak configuration and known vulnerabilities. You will receive a weekly report for your action.