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FTC to Hold Cyber Security Workshop for Small Businesses

Last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a series of roundtable discussion inviting small business owners to comment on the challenges and concerns they face with cyber threats and data security. In response, the FTC will launch a small business education campaign on cybersecurity, in partnership with other federal agencies, later this year.

The program will address top security concerns voiced in last year’s discussions, such as “easy-to-use” resources about cyber threats and how to deal with them. The FTC said that upcoming program will delve into more in-depth topics like “mobile device security, cloud security, wireless connections, email authentication, and what to look for when purchasing web hosting services.”

Currently, the organization provides specific steps a business can take to protect itself. Start with Security Basics lists measures companies and their employees should perform to protect their and their customer’s personal information. Also, Protecting Small Businesses, an FTC webpage, is filled with useful links and information aimed at educating owners on security.

By Mark A. Diaz

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