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FCC Releases Cybercrime Protection Recommendations For Small Businesses

Written by Jenna Weiner
Published: 5/17/2011

The Federal Communications Commission offers helpful tips for small businesses on how to protect their companies from cybercrime.

According to Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski, over the past 12 months, 74 percent of small to medium-sized business have been affected by cybercrime in some way, notes the Providence Business News.

FCC Small Business Cybercrime Protection Advice

In addition, 42 percent of small businesses have lost private or confidential data, while 40 percent have incurred direct financial losses as a result of cyber attacks, the media outlet adds.

The FCC plans to focus on small business news to educate owners about how to protect their companies from attacks via a tip sheet and a separate section on its website.

"While it is critical to secure the government and large industry from cyberthreats, it is vital that cybersecurity for small business be in this equation," Genachowski told the news source.

Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, added that cybercrime touches everybody, not just big, sophisticated businesses.

The FCC's recently released tip sheet includes helpful suggestions for small business owners. Examples include providing firewall security for a company's internet connection, making backup copies of important business data and information, securing Wi-Fi networks and requiring individual user accounts for each employee.  

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