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FCC Launching Cybersecurity Tool for Small Businesses

In wake of a Symantec and National Cyber Security Alliance survey on cybersecurity practices of small businesses, the Federal Communications Commission announced it will launch a tool to help prevent attacks.

The “Small Biz Cyber Planner” will help each individual company develop their own plan by answering questions such as, “Does your business use credit cards?” and “Does your business have a public website?”

The FCC, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and several data security firms are collaborating on the project.

“We know that hiring cybersecurity experts is costly,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a speech at Chamber headquarters. “This tool will be of particular value for businesses that lack the resources to hire a dedicated staff member to protect themselves from cyber threats. Even a business with one computer or one credit card swiper can benefit from this important guidance.”

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