Small Businesses is Target For Hackers

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A growing number of cyberattacks are targeting small businesses, from construction companies to local grocery stores, presenting an emerging threat that government officials are trying to combat.

Gerry Smith the digital affairs reporter for HuffPo wrote a nice piece on a new FCC tool out there to assist smaller business with security audits.  Here is a small piece of it:

A growing number of cyberattacks are targeting small businesses, from construction companies to local grocery stores, presenting an emerging threat that government officials are trying to combat.

While attacks against large corporations like Sony and Citigroup have garnered attention this year, experts are increasingly worried about the digital vulnerabilities of small businesses, who often lack the resources to invest in cybersecurity. Forty percent of all targeted cyberattacks are aimed at companies with less than 500 employees, according to the security firm Symantec.

"With larger companies increasing their protections, small businesses are now the low hanging fruit for cybercriminals," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said Monday at a cybersecurity forum at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Now, government officials are offering help.

On Monday, the FCC announced a new online tool, the “Small Biz Cyber Planner,” that allows small businesses to create customized cybersecurity strategies by answering questions like whether they handle credit card data or host a public website.

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