As part of an initiative to reduce the threat of cybercrime, the FCC has launched a new website aimed to help small businesses improve their IT security.
In announcing the new online tool, the FCC cited data from a Symantec survey which found that only about half of small companies have cybersecurity plans in place, and nearly 80% lack a written Internet security policy.
And as larger companies have been increasing their IT security defenses, criminals are now finding it more effective to target small business, which haven’t kept pace.
According to the FCC, the new Small Biz Cyber Planner can walk organizations through a series of questions to help them determine was should be included in their cybersecurity strategy and offer customized guidance on how to develop a security plan.
The guidelines were developed by the FCC along with other government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as private IT and security organizations, including Symantec, Microsoft, HP and McAfee.