eBay is dedicated to ensuring small Internet-enabled retailers are successful and competitive in all aspects of their businesses, from Internet sales tax collection to safety and security. Therefore, eBay has partnered with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure that small businesses are protected from online bad actors.
We know better than anyone that small businesses are more dependent on the Internet than ever before. However, 83 percent of U.S. small businesses do not have a formal cybersecurity plan to protect against cyber threats. In order to address this potential risk to small businesses, the FCC is re-launching this week the Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0, an online resource to help small businesses create customized cybersecurity plans.
The Cyber Planner 2.0 features new details about cyber insurance to mitigate interruptions to business and financial loss from cyber-attacks, best practices on spyware, including how to avoid advanced versions of spyware and what immediate steps to take in case of infection, and recommendations to install new software systems that enable remote cleaning and tracking of laptops and mobile devices in the case of theft. The FCC is also releasing an updated one page Cybersecurity Tip Sheet. The quick resource features new tips on creating a mobile device action plan and on payment and credit card security.
We all know that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and as they continue to leverage Internet and mobile technology, it is important that they have access to quality cybersecurity tools and methods. The FCC, eBay and other government and private sector partners are committed to furthering the message of the national cybersecurity awareness campaign. We must all Stop. Think. Connect. and together we can strengthen U.S. small businesses and ensure they remain a vibrant engine of the nation’s economy.