FCC launches cyber planning tool for small businesses


A new online tool developed by the Federal Communications Commission allows small businesses to create a cybersecurity plan for free.

The FCC Small Biz Cyber Planner is a three-step process and takes minutes to create. After providing your company’s name and location, you can compile guidance on several topics — including mobile devices, network security and email — to include in your custom plan.

Once you select the topics to include, the site generates a custom report with a cybersecurity glossary and links to reference publications. For example, under guidance about network security, the plan advises companies to require security and auditing from their cloud providers and review and understand service level agreements for system restoration.

“The tool is designed for businesses that lack the resources to hire dedicated staff to protect their business, information and customers from cyber threats,” according to a blog post on FCC.gov.

The agency collaborated with the Department of Homeland Security, the National Cybersecurity Alliance and other public and private sector organizations to develop the tool.


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