The U.S. Small Business Association is a federal government entity designed to support small business growth through counseling and capital. As such, SBA provides resources across all elements of managing a small business. Your success as a business owner depends heavily on your ability to build strong relationships with customers – and any customer relationship is based on trust. Customers trust you to deliver a product, or to perform a service, and most importantly they trust you to keep their information secure. The best way to keep your customers’ information secure is thorough cybersecurity protocols. The Small Business Administration is here to help with cybersecurity resources, training, and custom plans for business owners.
SBA Cyber Summit
Each Wednesday throughout the month of October, the SBA will host a Cyber Summit with industry experts on topics such as The Cybersecurity Landscape, Expert Insights and Actionable Strategies, Interactive Workshops and Demonstrations, and finally Emerging Technologies and Solutions. These seminars will be hosted online, and each is free to attend, though registration is required.
The Small Business Cyber Planner
In partnership with the Federal Communications Commission, SBA offers business owners the ability to fully customize a cybersecurity plan. This planner empowers you as the business owner to prioritize those threats which are most realistic to your business model. The plan also includes everything from employee training to incident reporting and response. With this planner, you’ll be able to educate and prepare your team.
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
In partnership with CISA, SBA also offers additional assessment tools to determine the current state of your cybersecurity vulnerability. For a full list of the CISA’s free services and tools, please click here. These products and services range from foundational preparedness to attack resilience.
As you explore the many cybersecurity resources and offerings of SBA and its affiliated government agencies, absorb as much information as possible. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to lead the charge in creating a plan and training your team members to ensure all personal and financial information remains secure.