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U.S. eyes stronger cyber defenses for small business

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October 24, 2011
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The U.S. government is making it easier for small businesses to beef up defenses against cyber criminals through a free, online tool, the top U.S. communications regulator said on Monday.

The Small Biz Cyber Planner will allow business owners to create customized cybersecurity plans by answering basic questions about their company and its online presence.

“Forty percent of all targeted attacks today are directed at companies with less than 500 employees,” said Cheri McGuire, vice president of global government affairs and cybersecurity policy at Symantec Corp.

The Obama administration has pushed initiatives to protect businesses and consumers from data breaches as lawmakers remain at odds over comprehensive cybersecurity legislation.

The administration’s latest effort — a collaboration of government experts and private information technology and security companies, including the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Homeland Security the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Symantec, Visa Inc, Automatic Data Processing Inc, Bank of America Corp and others — will be available in November.

via The Baltimore Sun, continued here.