Disaster Recovery & Cybersecurity: Lesson 1

What is Cybersecurity?

Mark Bays, the Director for the SBDC at ETSU, will be explaining what cybersecurity is. 


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Video Lesson Topics

- What is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. Cyberattacks are aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information, extorting money from users, or interrupting normal business processes. According to the FBI’s crime report the cost of cyber crimes reached 2.7 billion dollars in 2020 alone. Small businesses are at a risk for cyberattacks because they have information that is wanted and lack the security infrastructure of larger businesses. 88% of small businesses feel like they are vulnerable to a cyberattack in a recent study conducted by the SBA. 

- Four Main Types of Cyberattacks

  1. Phishing: Phishing is the practice of sending fraudulent emails and websites that resemble a reputable source. The aim is to steal sensitive date like credit card numbers and log in information. This is the most common type of cyberattack. These fraudulent emails entice users to open a link or an attachment containing malicious code that can cause malware or ransomware to infect your computer. 
  2. Ransomware: Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to extort money by blocking access to files on computer until a ransom is paid. Paying this ransom does not guarantee that the blocked files will be restored. 
  3. Malware: Malware is a type of software designed to gain unauthorized access or to cause damage to a computer.
  4. Viruses: Viruses are harmful programs intended to spread from computer to computer and other connected devices. Viruses are intended to give cyber criminals access to your system.

- Best Practices

  •  Use antivirus software and update it regularly 
  • Secure your networks
  • Use Firewalls
  • Password protect and hide wi-fi networks 
  • Password protect router access
  • Use strong passwords
  • Use multi-factor authentication when available 
  • Backup data regularly 
  • Secure payment processing when accepting payments
  • Control physical access to business computers 

Topics & Lessons

Each Below Topic Contains a Video Lesson and Helpful Downloadable Information


What is Cybersecurity?


Disaster Recovery Plan


Insurance for Your Business


Preparing for a Cyber Incident


Training & Awareness to Prevent Your Employees from Being Victims


Incident Response from an IT Perspective


IT Disaster Recovery for Natural Events


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