Fundamentals of Small Business Information Security
For some small businesses, the security of their information, systems and networks
might not be a high priority, but for their customers, employees and trading partners
it is very important. The term Small Enterprise (or Small Organization) is sometimes
used for this same category of business or organization. A small
enterprise/organization may also be a nonprofit organization. The size of a small
business varies by type of business, but typically is a business or organization with
up to 500 employees.
In the United States, the number of small businesses totals to over 95% of all
businesses. The small business community produces around 50% of our nations Gross
National Product (GNP) and creates around 50% of all new jobs in our country. Small
businesses, therefore, are a very important part of our nation’s economy. They are a
significant part of our nation’s critical economic and cyber infrastructure.
Larger businesses in the United States have been actively pursuing information
security with significant resources including technology, people and budgets for some
years now. As a result, they have become a much more difficult target for hackers and
cyber criminals. What we are seeing is that the hackers and cyber criminals are now
focusing more of their unwanted attention on less secure small businesses.
Therefore, it is important that each small business appropriately secures their
information, systems and networks.
This document will assist small business management to understand how to provide
basic information, system and network security.
The attached Zip file includes:
- Intro Page.doc
- Cover Sheet and Terms.doc
- Fundamentals of Small Business Information Security.pdf