Cybersecurity policyYou probably already know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, right? Of course every month should be cyber security awareness month because these days no business can afford to let its guard down. Not for a moment.

But because businesses and consumers are often too busy to think about security when it matters most, a national celebration was created as a reminder. And we’re celebrating NCSAM by sharing with you some of the most basic security options that are available to any small business.

This week we’re focusing on security planning. It might sound boring, but a cybersecurity plan is the quickest and easiest way to fast-track security. It simply requires that you spend a few moments thinking about security in your business, what you have that thieves might want, and how you intend to stop them.

Then write those thoughts down in an action list and share them with your employees. Couldn’t be easier, right? Well actually it is. Because a couple of years ago the Federal Communications Commission got together with some top cybersecurity experts to create an online cybersecurity planning tool for small businesses. And it’s absolutely free.

Yes, free security planning. The tool will walk you through all the security issues and potential vulnerabilities that every small business is likely to face, and at the end it churns out a complete plan that you can download and share.

At the risk of sounding immodest, I’m proud to say that I was part of the team who created this tool and have been recommending it to business owners for years. The planner also comes with a handy 50-page guide that walks you through a host of security challenges and issues you may face, including:

    • Privacy and Data Security
    • Website Security
    • Scams and Frauds
    • Mobile Security
    • Email Risks
    • Employees
    • Policies
    • Payment Cards, and plenty more

You can find the tool and guide online at http://www.fcc.gov/cyberplanner. If you only do one thing to recognize National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, make it this. Try the tool, build your plan, and kick start the defense of your livelihood. And also make sure to download the Cybersecurity Planning Guide and share with any employees, partners, and anyone else you think can help protect your business.

If you need help implementing the components of a policy the SiteLock team is always here to help. You can reach us 24/7 365 by calling 855.378.6200.