FCC updates cybersecurity tools for small business

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released an updated version of its online planning tool to help small businesses protect their information technology systems from cybersecurity threats.

Originally released in November 2011, the FCC’s Small Biz Cyber Planner was designed to help small businesses develop security plans to protect against threats from online sources. The Planner is an interactive tool that will allow a business to create a customized cyber security guide by answering a series of basic questions. Then, by implementing the plan recommended by the guide, a business can better protect themselves, their information and their customers from cyber threats.

Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0 now includes details about cyber insurance, best practices on avoiding advanced versions of spyware, steps to take in case of system infection, and recommendations on software that enables users to remotely track and erase the hard drives of laptops and mobile devices that have been stolen.

The Small Biz Cyber Planner was created through a partnership between the FCC, industry groups, and some of the leading technology companies, including Microsoft, HP, Symantec and McAfee.