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Cybersecurity Basics

In this section, you will find introductory information about cybersecurity, cybersecurity-related risks, and the importance of taking appropriate steps to secure your business.

Cybersecurity Risks

Resources that provide overviews of cybersecurity risks and threats to your business and how to manage those risks

For Managers

Resources for small business owners and leaders that convey the business value of strong cybersecurity

Communicating with the Board About Cybersecurity: Making the Business Case - provides guidelines for effective board-level communication about cybersecurity matters
National Cyber Security Alliance and National Association of Corporate Directors 

Questions Every CEO Should Ask About Cyber Risks – a guide for CEOs on how to discuss cybersecurity risk management topics with their leadership and implement cybersecurity best practices
Department of Homeland Security

Workforce Management Guidebook: Cybersecurity is Everyone’s Job - provides things to know, and things to do, for everyone in an organization, regardless of its type or size. It is intended for the general audience, which may not otherwise be knowledgeable about, or interested in, cybersecurity.
NICE Working Group

Cybersecurity Workforce Development - The FCC's Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council's report on cybersecurity workforce recommendations.
Federal Communications Commission


Definitions of common cybersecurity terms

Content outlined on the Small Business Cybersecurity Corner webpages contain documents and resources submitted directly to us from our contributors. These resources were identified by our contributors as information they deemed most relevant and timely—and were chosen based on the current needs of the small business community.  Certain commercial entities may be identified in this Web site or linked Web sites. Such identification is not intended to imply recommendation or endorsement by NIST, nor is it intended to imply that the entities, materials, or equipment are necessarily the best available for the purpose.

Created February 7, 2019, Updated March 1, 2019