Update

The UTSA Institute for Economic Development is OPEN for business.
Each of our small business service centers are available to you during this difficult and unexpected time. One-on-one confidential consulting will continue.
We are available to assist you by email, phone, or video conference. Some traditional classroom-based training/events will be available electronically.
For SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan information, go directly to www.sba.gov/disaster
For COVID-19 small business resources, go to www.americassbdc.org/disaster

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Cybersecurity For Small Business

Cybersecurity For Small Business

Cyber Aware Series

Each month, the UTSA SBDC CGC staff will present a cybersecurity training over a specific topic. These presentations will be made available on-demand after the initial offering. If you want to download any of them, you have the option to download a video of the presentation or a PDF file of the slides that includes the slide notes. If you would like to see a particular topic covered that has not been covered, please let us know.

Phishing May 2020

The SBDC CGC continues to examine cybersecurity topics that impact small businesses with our monthly Cyber Aware series. This month, we will be discussing phishing. Phishing attacks continue to be one of the biggest threats facing businesses today. Threat actors can use phishing to gain access to, modify, or even hold your data for ransom. Technology has advanced with email security software, however, education and awareness training is still the best defense to combat a phishing attack. Join us as we discuss the different methods of phishing, detecting a phishing attack, and recovery from a phishing attack.

**COVID-19 and Cybersecurity for your business**

The UTSA SBDC CGC team had the opportunity to create and present on COVID-19 cybersecurity concerns.  “COVID-19, Cybersecurity and Your Business” is now available for anyone to download and/or view. You will find a recording of the presentation and a copy of the slides (in PDF format with instructor notes) below.

Are you an employer allowing your employees to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Or are you one of those employees working from home? The UTSA SBDC CGC has created a helpful document that details some of the associated cybersecurity risks of remote work and advice on how to lower those risks. Click here to view, download, and share the document.

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Information protection and security is vital to the sustainability and success of small business and the national economy.  As advocates and resource partners for the business community and service providers for the federal government, it is our role to educate and assist with federal contracting compliance guidelines and information security awareness.  More than two thirds of all small businesses report that are dependent on the internet for day-to-day activities.  Yet, according to the National Cybersecurity Alliance, most small businesses don’t do enough to protect themselves online.  Twenty percent of small businesses don’t have or use anti-virus software.  Sixty percent don’t use any encryption on their wireless networks, and fewer than 30% have a security plan in place.  This program is designed to provide awareness through training, one-on-one assistance with cybersecurity action plan development and implementation working with other UTSA specialty centers on cybersecurity.

Items of consideration when developing your system security plan:

  • What information does your business collect?
  • How do you store the information?
  • Who has access to the information?
  • How do you protect your business data?
  • What steps are you taking to secure your computers, network, email and other tools?

 

Want to know what you can do today to decrease your risk from cybersecurity threats? Click Here

 

 

 

TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

Small Business Administration
Small Business Cybersecurity will help you learn more about the security principles you should keep in mind when online, as well as the ways you can protect your information and networks in case of a cyber attack. For in-person assistance, visit your local SBA office or mentor.

Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its partners have established a Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program to help educate business owners about cybersecurity. The C3 Voluntary Program Toolkit for Small and Midsize Businesses contains resources to help your business recognize and address cybersecurity risks, including Fact Sheets for Startups and Leadership and a Hands-On Resources Guide. Learn more at Resources for Small and Midsize Businesses.

The Cyber Resilience Review Assessment evaluates ten domains including risk management, incident management, service continuity, and may be conducted as a self-assessment or as an in-person, facilitated assessment. Developed by DHS, this no-cost, voluntary tool helps businesses assess their information technology resilience. For more information, visit https://www.us-cert.gov/ccubedvp/self-service-crr.

Cybersecurity Advisors or CSAs are regionally-located DHS personnel who offer immediate and sustained cybersecurity assistance to prepare and protect organizations, including small and mid-sized businesses. Services include on-site meetings to answer questions, exchange information and address concerns about cybersecurity; educational and awareness briefings; and assessments, including a full-day, expert-led a Cyber Resilience Review (CRR) evaluation that assess cybersecurity management practices. For more information about CSAs, please email cyberadvisor@hq.dhs.gov (link sends e-mail).

Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in collaboration with other government agencies and industry leaders, created the Small Biz Cyber Planner – an easy-to-use, free online tool that will help you create a customized planning guide to protect your business from cybersecurity threats.

Local Resources
This collection of resources from various levels of government can help small and midsize businesses recognize and address their cybersecurity risks.
Access resources in your area.

ADDITIONAL LINKS AND ARTICLES…

FCC Ten Cybersecurity Tips for Small Business
Cyber Exposures of Small and Midsize Businesses – A Digital Pandemic
New Survey Shows U.S. Small Business Owners Not Concerned About Cybersecurity; Majority Have No Policies or Contingency Plans
National Cyber Security Alliance