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USCC Releases Guide To Business IT Security

by Glen Shapiro,, New York

28 October 2010

The United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC) has released a guide to help business owners, managers and employees adopt affordable, sensible solutions to reduce cyber threats and, thereby, secure valuable proprietary property, digital devices and networks.

“Businesses have an array of sensitive information—personnel records, blueprints, tax forms, customer orders, and much more—that require protection,” said Ann Beauchesne, the USCC’s vice president of National Security and Emergency Preparedness. “The guide discusses common threats to business information and computers, such as hacking and malware, and the rise in cybercrime, which has spiked in recent years.”

Over the past two years, the USCC has been visiting cities around the country, in cooperation with the US Department of Homeland Security, to increase business’ awareness of the need for greater cyber-security and to educate them about tools that are readily available to manage online risks.

The cyber-security guide outlines a dozen recommendations and bundles them into three categories: workforce, policies and problems, and prevention and preparedness. Business owners and managers are encouraged to emphasize workforce education, such as urging employees to use strong passwords for their digital devices and helping them spot e-mail scams.

The Chamber says that businesses should also organize the information they keep, know where it is stored, and prioritize it by level of importance. In case of a cyber incident, businesses should have a plan in place to help speed recovery and to prevent future incidents.

“With this guide, the Chamber wants to help businesses understand the value of investing in information security now, rather than paying a heavy price later,” said Beauchesne. “Businesses can invest in simple solutions that pay high returns. Straightforward improvements to information security practices will ultimately make the price of success much more expensive for the bad guys.”

TAGS: business | commerce | law | employees | internet | e-commerce | United States | regulation

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