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Small businesses need to increase cybersecurity

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According to a recent expert panel gathered at a U.S. Federal Communications Commission forum, small businesses need to improve their cybersecurity soon, lest they fall victim to criminal acts and data loss.

Michael Chertoff, the former secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, stated that more small businesses need to train their employees regarding the "proper hygiene" necessary on their computer systems. Among these "hygiene" lessons should be warnings about connecting USB drives, weak passwords and password visibility.

"You don't pick up and eat everything that you find on the street," Chertoff said. "You shouldn't pick up every USB stick and stick it into your laptop."

A recent survey discovered that a number of small businesses are now using social media to increase their marketing reach. However, social media has become a favored avenue for cybercriminals to use to access sensitive information. Thus, small businesses need to increase their cybersecurity in order to prevent such attacks.

In fact, according to another recent survey, 42 percent of network administrators expressed their fears regarding company use of social media because of the inherent security woes involved.

Data loss, resulting from cyber crime, can ruin companies. Thus, increased cybersecurity and small business insurance, in case of such a loss, have become essential for the sector. 

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