• National Intelligence Agency Provides New Cybersecurity Tools for Businesses

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    January 17, 2019

    In a warning to businesses of all sizes, this week the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) rolled out new tools for private-sector businesses in an effort to increase cybersecurity. The reason, the federal government says small and medium sized businesses are increasing becoming the target of nation-state hacks.


    “Make no mistake, American companies are squarely in the cross-hairs of well-financed nation-state actors, who are routinely breaching private sector networks, stealing proprietary data, and compromising supply chains. The attacks are persistent, aggressive, and cost our nation jobs, economic advantage, and hundreds of billions of dollars,” said NCSC Director William Evanina in an announcement Monday. “To enhance private sector awareness, we’re arming U.S. companies with information they need to better understand and defend against these threats.”


    This information comes in the form of online videos and documents businesses can use to help secure company, employee and customer information. The program, known as “Know the Risk, Raise Your Shield,” was previously sent to the federal workforce, but is now being made available to the private sector. The videos and documents can help raise awareness among businesses and equip them with best practices for protecting their data, assets, technologies, and networks.


    The “Know the Risk, Raise Your Shield” materials are featured on NCSC’s website (NCSC.gov) or at dni.gov/ncsc/knowtherisk/tools/. They address numerous topics, including supply chain risks, economic espionage, social engineering, social media deception, spear-phishing, mobile device safety, and foreign travel risks. The NCSC says the information may be especially helpful to small and medium sized businesses.

    The Better Business Bureau serving Western Michigan is here to help your business as well. We offer a number of resources at bbb.org/smallbusiness. We have also created a presentation on small business scams and cybersecurity we can present to your group or company. For more information about this presentation contact Raechel Macqueen at 616-234-0567 or by email at Raechel@wm.bbb.org

    Contact:
    Phil Catlett, President
    (616) 774-8236

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