Cybersecurity Essentials

Safeguard Your Small Business

Small businesses have a wealth of customer information that is highly attractive to cybercriminals, such as email addresses, credit card numbers, and insurance details. Additionally, cybercriminals can exploit small businesses as entry points to infiltrate the networks of larger companies they partner with. It’s time to protect your small business from attacks and safeguard your information. We provide a toolkit of resources to expand your knowledge on cybersecurity, complete with helpful links and information.

What is a Cyberattack?

A cyberattack is an attempt by cybercriminals, hackers or other digital adversaries to access a computer network or system, usually for the purpose of altering, stealing, destroying or exposing information.

Cyberattacks can target a wide range of victims from individual users to enterprises or even governments. When targeting businesses or other organizations, the hacker’s goal is usually to access sensitive and valuable company resources, such as intellectual property (IP), customer data or payment details.

Cyber Security Statistics: 2024 Trends and Data HERE.

What are the 12 most common types of cyberattacks?

  • Malware
  • Denial-of-Service (DoS) Attacks
  • Phishing
  • Spoofing
  • Identity-Based Attacks
  • Code Injection Attacks
  • Supply Chain Attacks
  • Social Engineering Attacks
  • Insider Threats
  • DNS Tunneling
  • IoT-Based Attacks
  • AI-Powered Attacks

Cybersecurity Resources

Here are some helpful resources about cybersecurity tailored for businesses:

U.S. Small Business Administration – Strengthen your Cybersecurity

Cyberattacks cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars a year, and pose a threat for individuals and organizations. Small businesses are especially attractive targets because they have information that cybercriminals (bad actors, foreign governments, etc.) want, and they typically lack the security infrastructure of larger businesses to adequately protect their digital systems for storing, accessing, and disseminating data and information. Learn about cybersecurity threats and how to protect yourself. Learn More.  

National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) – Cybersecurity Framework

Helping organizations better understand and improve their management of cybersecurity risk. Learn More Here.

Office of Small Business Programs – Department of Defense

Why cybersecurity is important for small businesses? Cybercriminals consistently target businesses in an attempt to weaken our nation’s supply chain, threaten our national security, and endanger the American way of life. Learn More.

Federal Trade Commission – Protecting America’s Consumers

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses: Learn the basics for protecting your business from cyber-attacks. The business cybersecurity resources in this page were developed in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security. Learn More.

Federal Communications Commission – Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

The Internet allows businesses of all sizes and from any location to reach new and larger markets and provides opportunities to work more efficiently by using computer-based tools. Whether a company is thinking of adopting cloud computing or just using email and maintaining a website, cybersecurity should be a part of the plan. Theft of digital information has become the most commonly reported fraud, surpassing physical theft. Every business that uses the Internet is responsible for creating a culture of security that will enhance business and consumer confidence. Learn More.