NIST Video Series | Protecting Your Small Business


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NIST Video Series | Protecting Your Small Business

Small Business Cybersecurity Corner

Small businesses face the same online threats that larger enterprises confront every day.  But when you’ve got 10 or fewer employees – like most small businesses in the United States – you can’t necessarily maintain a dedicated cybersecurity awareness team. To help small businesses develop cybersecurity awareness and training programs, NIST recently produced videos and related resources on three of the highest-interest cybersecurity topics:  Ransomware, Phishing, and Multi-Factor Authentication.   

These short, animated videos are posted online at the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Corner, where each topic is given a resource page that can be shared as a standalone article. These materials aim to help small businesses protect themselves by boosting employees’ defensive behavior online.  

  • Protecting Your Small Business: Ransomware 
    Ransomware is a common threat for small businesses, and it can have a variety of adverse impacts, including locking a business out of its own computers, disrupting operations, and exacting a high payment to restore access. This video explains how ransomware attacks can occur and suggests steps to take to be prepared. 
  • Protecting Your Small Business: Phishing 
    Phishing attacks attempt to trick people into sharing information or taking other action to give attackers access to accounts, computers, or networks. This video describes common types of phishing messages, explains why businesses need to be vigilant against them, and offers tips on how to avoid being tricked. 
  • Protecting Your Small Business: Multi-Factor Authentication 
    Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) provides greater security for devices and data than traditional password protection by requiring more than one credential to verify identity. Credentials typically can include something you know (e.g., a password), something you have (e.g., a security token), or something inherent to you (e.g., a fingerprint). This video shows how a password alone might not provide adequate security and where small businesses can go to find resources on implementing MFA. 

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