Get Cyber Safe Guide for Small and Medium Businesses
Week 2: Oct. 9-13 | Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business
Whatever your place of business, creating a culture of cybersecurity from the breakroom to the board room is essential and is a shared responsibility among all employees.
Every workplace needs a plan for employee education, training and awareness that emphasizes risk management, resistance and resilience. Week 2 will showcase how businesses, industries and organizations of all types can protect themselves, their employees and their customers against the most common cyber threats. Get Cyber Safe will provide tips for your organization and employees that will keep people and information safe and secure on a daily basis.
GetCyberSafe Guide for Small and Medium Businesses
Get Cyber Safe has created a guide for Small and Medium Businesses. This guide is designed to help Canadians who own or manage a small or medium business understand the cyber security risks they face, and provide them with practical advice on how to better protect their business and employees from cyber crime.
If you’re like most small or medium businesses in Canada, the Internet is an indispensable tool to succeed in today’s digital economy. Getting online allows you to reach new customers and grow your business. And even if you don’t have a website — or a Facebook page or Twitter account — you probably depend on the Internet for everyday business operations like banking, payroll or ordering supplies.
However, being online requires being safe and secure. As a small or medium business, it’s easy to think that you are too small to warrant the attention of cyber criminals. In fact, cyber criminals are now actively targeting smaller businesses because they believe their computers are vulnerable.
In other words, if you are a small or medium business owner, this guide is for you. Cyber security is a shared responsibility and, depending on how your business is structured, there are likely other people — co-owners, managers or employees — who should also be familiar with the information you’ll find in this guide.
You do not need to be a computer or Web expert to read or implement the measures in this guide. Although some cyber security terms are used, you can look up any terms you are unfamiliar with in the glossary at the end of this guide or online in the GetCyberSafe.ca glossary.
The self-assessment tool in Appendix A can help you determine where your business needs the most help.
If you are experiencing a serious cyber incident, contact the police, seek professional assistance and consult Appendix C of this guide for additional resources.
Cyber crime and smaller businesses
- Small and medium-sized businesses (i.e., businesses with fewer than 500 employees) employed 10 million people in 2012, nearly 90% of all employees in Canada.Note 1
- In 2012, 87% of Canadian businesses used the Internet, and 46% had a website.Note 2
- The largest growth area for targeted cyber attacks in 2012 was businesses with fewer than 250 employees — 31% of all attacks targeted them.Note 3
- Over a 12-month period in 2012, 69% of Canadian businesses surveyed reported some kind of cyber attack, costing them approximately $5.3 million, or about $15,000 per attack.Note 4