With the amount of technology and online services that small businesses use in today’s increasingly digital world, cybersecurity has become exceedingly important when it comes to protecting a business’s employees, customer, and overall operations from cyber attackers.
As the use of technology for business operations increase, so too does the possibility of cyber attacks. To counteract this, the devices and system that businesses use should be as secure as they possibly can. However, small businesses often do not have the resources or personnel required to strongly secure these assets themselves. In light of this, the Free Cyber Clinic can assist by having members visit small businesses, identify business assets, evaluate asset criticality, analyze assets for any vulnerabilities or potential threats, and recommend controls that can be implemented to improve the business’s security. All findings are contained in a report that is presented to the small business.
During assessments, our members provide recommendations for small businesses that will improve their security and remediate certain identified vulnerabilities. However, carrying out these recommendations often require expertise or time that small businesses may not have. As such, the Free Cyber Clinic will offer to perform the tasks necessary to implement various recommendations and remediate various vulnerabilities that are discovered. Small business can then choose and approve of whichever tasks they would like the Free Cyber Clinic to assist with.
Although small business owners throughout the country can be experts in their respective industries, this is often not the case when it comes to cybersecurity. To help with this, Free Cyber Clinic members will inform small businesses on as much as possible about different cybersecurity concepts, principles, and strategies throughout each step of our assessment and remediation process. In addition, we will provide several resources that small businesses can refer to for additional cybersecurity knowledge. Our goal is to not only improve cybersecurity at small businesses, but provide them with the knowledge that they can use to help protect themselves for the foreseeable future.