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Cybersecurity Basics

This section includes introductory information about cybersecurity, cybersecurity-related risks, and the importance of taking appropriate steps to secure your business.

Visit the Cybersecurity Risks section to learn about cybersecurity risks and threats and how to manage those threats. The Risks & Threats section provides descriptions of viruses, worms, and Trojan horses, as well a recognizing and avoiding spyware, phishing and other related information. The Risk Management section includes information about common myth and how cybersecurity strengthens US Manufacturers.

For Managers includes resources for small business owners and leaders that convey the business value of strong cybersecurity.  Information includes: questions that CEO should ask about cyber risks, communicating with the Board about Cybersecurity, and a Workforce Management Guidebook.

Ransomware, phishing, and ATM skimming are just a few very common and very damaging cybersecurity threats that Small Businesses need to watch out for. The Small Business Cybersecurity Case Study Series were created by the National Cyber Security Alliance, with a grant from NIST, and should prove useful in stimulating ongoing learning for all business owners and their employees.

Our Glossary provides definitions for common cybersecurity terms.

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

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 October 1, 2020