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FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI UNVEILS ‘SMALL BIZ CYBER PLANNER 2.0’;
FREE & EASY-TO-USE ONLINE TOOL HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES BETTER PROTECT
AGAINST CYBERSECURITY ATTACKS
New Features of Cyber Planner Offer Better Protections for Nearly 83% of U.S. Small Businesses With
No Cybersecurity Plan; FCC Partners Include Symantec, eBay, Visa, the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, National Cyber Security Alliance, and others
Washington, D.C. – As part of National Cybersecurity Month, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
unveiled an updated 2.0 version of the Commission’s ‘Small Biz Cyber Planner,’ a free and easy-to-use
online resource for any small business owner who wants to better protect their business from the growing
threat of cybersecurity attacks. Launched in 2011, the tool has already been used by nearly 10,000
businesses across the country to create customized cybersecurity plans. New research by Symantec, an
FCC Cybersecurity Outreach Partner, indicates that nearly 83% of U.S. small businesses have no
cybersecurity protection plan – despite the fact that millions of cyber attacks occur each year. Chairman
Genachowski urged all small business owners to take advantage of this valuable resource, and also
announced new and renewed partnerships with public and private sector organizations, including
Symantec, eBay, Visa, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Cyber Security
Alliance (NCSA), and others.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said: “America’s small businesses are vital drivers of innovation,
economic growth, and job creation – and they're using the Internet more and more every day. While
broadband is creating significant opportunities for small businesses, the cost of cyber attacks are a real
concern. We know that not having a plan leaves small businesses vulnerable to cyber attacks. The good
news is that small business owners can take simple steps to protect themselves. By making a plan using
the FCC’s updated Small Biz Cyber Planner, small businesses can quickly strengthen their online
The Commission’s online cyber planner enables business owners to create and download a customized
plan - to protect themselves from online threats which could significantly damage their companies - by
answering 12 simple questions.
The updated cyber planner features new details about cyber insurance to mitigate interruptions to business
and financial loss from cyber attacks, and best practices on spyware, including how to avoid advanced
versions of spyware. It also incorporates the immediate steps to take in case of infection, and
recommendations on installing new software systems that enable users to remotely track and erase the
hard drive of laptops and mobile devices in the event of theft. The FCC is also releasing an updated
cybersecurity tip sheet today. This resource features new tips on creating a mobile device action plan,
and on payment and credit card security.
The FCC’s Small Biz Cyber Planner, which was initially launched by Chairman Genachowski in
November 2011, has been updated to include the latest security information for small businesses to help
keep confidential data secure and out of the hands of cyber criminals. The FCC worked closely with the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), eBay, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the US
Chamber of Commerce, Symantec, Visa, and other groups to update the cyber planner and its Small
Business Cybersecurity Tip Sheet.
Cyber protection is especially important as surveys show that two-thirds of U.S. small businesses have
become more dependent on the Internet over the past few years as the broadband economy and advanced
communications infrastructure continues to expand across America. The FCC’s updated online tools also
follow Chairman Genachowski’s convening last year of a Cybersecurity Roundtable on Protecting Small
Businesses with leading industry executives and government experts in cybersecurity and information
To access the FCC’s Small Biz Cyber Planner, click HERE, or go to the following http link for
additional cyber-related material: www.fcc.gov/cyberforsmallbiz
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