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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Unveils New Initiatives to
Empower Small Businesses with Online Security Tools; Convenes
Cybersecurity Roundtable with Public, Private & Non-Profit Leaders
FCC unveils new webpage and Top 10 Cybersecurity Tip Sheet for small businesses; participants
include former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff & top leaders from HP, McAfee,
Symantec, Thomson Reuters, US Chamber of Commerce, National Urban League & SCORE
(Washington, DC) FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski today convened a roundtable event with
leaders from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to deliver the latest and most effective
cybersecurity strategies to small business owners across the country. The event "Securing and
Empowering Small Businesses with Technology"
took place at the start of National Small
The FCC also unveiled a new webpage (www.FCC.gov/cyberforsmallbiz )
devoted to being a resource for small businesses owners on issues related to cybersecurity. In
addition, the agency released a
Cybersecurity Tip Sheet
, which outlines the top ten ways
entrepreneurs can protect their companies and customers from cyberattack.
Participants included former Secretary of Homeland Security
Vice President National Security & Emergency Preparedness Department, U.S. Chamber of
, Director, Defense Cyber Security Capabilities, HP Enterprise;
, Senior Vice President for Policy, National Urban League;
Cheri F. McGuire
, VP, Global
Government Affairs & Cybersecurity Policy, Symantec;
, Chief Information Security
Officer, Thomson Reuters;
, CEO, SCORE; and
, CEO and CFO of
Parkinson Construction Company
FCC Chairman Genachowski said
, "We've convened this roundtable today to discuss one of the
biggest challenges our country faces both for businesses and national security: the growing threats
"While it is critical to secure the government and
large industry from cyber threats, it is vital that cybersecurity for small business be in this equation.
We're here today to help small businesses overcome these security challenges."
During the roundtable discussion,
Parkinson Construction Company CEO Maurice Jones spoke
about his recent experience where cybercriminals stole $92,000 from the company accounts.
"This is a real problem for small business owners and unfortunately, I learned the hard way." said
Parkinson Construction CEO Maurice Jones
. "But there are relatively simple strategies and steps
that small business owners can take to protect their profits and their customers.
The materials on the FCC website, as well as these partnerships, will go a long way towards serving
small business owners with useful tools to tackle this problem."
During the event,
FCC Chairman Genachowski unveiled new section of the website
(www.FCC.gov/cyberforsmallbiz ) specifically designed to serve small business
owners trying to
navigate cybersecurity dos and don'ts. Chairman Genachowski also released a
developed in close coordination with the FCC's partners that outlines the top ten ways
small businesses can protect themselves.
In his remarks, Chairman Genachowski stressed the importance of public/private partnerships in
order to successfully tackle cyberthreats and the inability of any one sector alone to achieve success.
Other partnership initiatives announced today were:
The FCC is partnering with U.S. Chamber of Commerce, McAfee, Symantec, SCORE
and the National Urban League
to distribute the Cybersecurity Tip sheet widely to
small business owners across the United States through blogs, social media and outreach
The FCC is partnering with the SCORE eBusiness Now Program
cybersecurity expertise at SCORE events for small business owners around the country,
plus at a focused cybersecurity event to be held at FCC HQ later this year.
The FCC is working with key Education Partners
to ensure that the FCC training efforts
and materials are tailored to a diverse range of small business owners and to assure wide
distribution. Organizations include National Urban League, National Congress of
American Indians, LULAC, LISTA, National Black Chamber of Commerce, and
National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
FCC Joining Federal Government Cybersecurity Partnership and Campaign
FCC is joining the public/private National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
partnership led by NIST. The NICE partnership runs the Stop. Think. Connect.
Campaign, which is designed to raise awareness among the American public about the
need to strengthen cybersecurity--and to generate and communicate new approaches
and strategies to help Americans increase their safety and security online.
For more information about the FCC's efforts please visit: