It’s Time to Get Serious About Cybersecurity
Critical resources to keep small businesses in Oregon safe online
Most small businesses do not realize how vulnerable their company is to cyber threats until the business has been compromised.
We have heard it all – from ransomware, to phishing emails, to security breaches. Unfortunately, most small businesses are not prepared to manage the downtime or cost involved.
In fact, a recent survey by Insureon showed that only 18 percent of small business owners believe they are at risk for a cyber attack, in part because they don’t think they have anything worth stealing. The reality is that access to employee lists, customer lists, and credit cards are very much worth stealing.
Through the Cyber Oregon initiative, small businesses have the opportunity to get cybersecurity advising and take the vital steps needed to improve their cybersecurity posture. As part of our partnership with the Oregon Center for Cybersecurity at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), small businesses have the opportunity to work with a cybersecurity student to help address their security needs.
All students follow a strict project plan with oversight on the recommendations. In addition, our team works with a host of security providers that help advise, guide, and recommend next steps for security needs. Click below to sign up for a free cyber advising session, and be sure to take advantage of all the resources available on this site.
Kedma Ough, DIrector, MHCC SBDC
Kedma Ough is as a proven champion for Oregon’s entrepreneurial community. As the director of Mt. Hood Community College’s Small Business Development Center, Kedma is responsible for planning, managing and executing the delivery of unique programs that support the small business community. Statewide, she leads the SBDC Innovation initiative overseeing:
- Franfit: A National Professional Franchise Education program (franfitsbdc.com) working closely with frannet.com
- Innovate: A statewide program guiding inventors through product development and SBIR/STTR.
- Project Proto: A Youth entrepreneurship program projectproto.com
- Cybersecurity: A statewide program providing Cyber Training and advising through this site
“Kedma has tremendous leadership skills, combined with public speaking abilities. Her ability to bring a broad depth of knowledge about small business together with strategy, catalyzes her work as a dynamic leader.” Mark Gregory, State Director, Oregon Small Business Development Center Network.
“Kedma is a bona fide business genius. In less than 60 minutes, Kedma identified over 5 different ways of increasing our revenues, decreasing our expenses, and increasing our community outreach.” Andy H.
“Working with Kedma was like a breath of fresh air! My eyes were truly opened to alternative funding possibilities for the start-up entrepreneur! She had a vast resource of connections, resources and of mind-opening possibilities for building my business and directing my future!” – Rebecca J.
To reach Kedma Ough, please contact the Small Business Development Center at 503.491.7658 or [email protected].
The Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDCN) provides advising, training, online courses and resources for businesses throughout our state. Our 19 conveniently-located Centers assist business people like you in every aspect of business development and management.
Our Small Business Cyber Center is a specialized program that supports small businesses throughout Oregon with cyber and security advising, training, and resources. In addition, we work closely with the business community, government agencies, and law enforcement to combat cyber criminals through a proactive awareness plan.
Small Business Development Center
Mt Hood Community College SBDC leads the initiative to provide businesses throughout Oregon with cyber and security advising, training, resources and more. In addition, advisors can assist in other aspects of small business development.
Federal Law Enforcement
Law enforcement plays a critical role in helping small businesses combat cyber criminals. As part of the initiative the FBI provides periodic updates on cyber threats and educational information seminars.
MHCC Cybersecurity Department
The Oregon Center for Cyber Security Excellence at MHCC plays a critical role in our cyber support initiative. Each semester cyber students as part of their practicum align with small businesses to provide recommendations on various security concerns.
As part of our cyber awareness initiative we work with multiple government agencies to provide information and awareness on cyber threats and proactive solutions tailored to small businesses.
Throughout the year Cyber Oregon provides online education and events that support real time information on your small business security needs.
Some of the topics we address include the following:
Creating a Cybersecurity plan
According to the National Cyber Security Alliance a comprehensive cybersecurity plan needs to focus on three key areas:
- Prevention: Solutions, policies and procedures need to be identified to reduce the risk of attacks.
- Resolution: In the event of a computer security breach, plans and procedures need to be in place to determine the resources that will be used to remedy a threat.
- Restitution: Companies need to be prepared to address the repercussions of a security threat with their employees and customers to ensure that any loss of trust or business is minimal and short-lived.
Managing Phishing Emails
According to Wikipedia phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Learn how to prevent email and messaging threat such as phishing and spam and keep your business safe.
Ransomware has been more prominent over the years. In 2015, the FBI logged more than 2,400 reports of ransomware attacks resulting in losses more than $24 million. Ransomware is a malicious code that a hacker places on a computer device or network. Once the code is in place it will lock the device or network out of their own data and demand money in the form of a ransom to unlock the malicious code.