The current Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused anxiety, financial impacts, and political actions around the globe. Loss of life and property have been confined to Ukraine so far but, the impacts are being felt around the world economically and logistically in companies large and small. In addition to the economic impact in the U.S., there is a high level of concern regarding cyber-attacks. State-sponsored attacks on Ukraine are being used to disrupt everything from utilities to banking, and communications.
The tools being used to cause these disruptions are not always under the full control of the attacker. Many of the threats being released on Ukraine are capable of making their way around the world via the internet. It is also a distinct possibility that the U.S. and its allies could see an increase in targeted cyber-attacks should Russia decide to retaliate against those countries imposing sanctions. The cybersecurity community is taking this threat seriously and we would ask the small business community to do the same. There is a real possibility that any small business could become the victim of a cyber-attack either directly or indirectly. To minimize the risk, small business owners should, at a minimum, do the following:
•Be more diligent about checking for unusual activity or performance issues on your devices and networks. This should include website traffic monitoring.
•Make a plan to incorporate regular backups if you have not done so already.
•Test a recent backup to make sure it works.
•Check anti-virus and all software (including any website plugins) for needed updates and patches.
•Incorporate a firewall or security monitoring software in your website and online store.
•Use a password manager with complex passphrases (16+ characters with random numbers, letters, and symbols)Use multifactor authentication
•Turn on or incorporate virtual private networks (VPN) when online
•Familiarize yourself with your website/online store providers’ data breach policy to fully understand who is responsible for reporting any breaches that may incur as well as who is liable in the event your site becomes infected. While you cannot be guaranteed that you will not be impacted by a cyber-attack, you can dramatically reduce your chances of becoming a victim and substantially increase the speed of your recovery by following the above steps. Should you need more details or resources to assist with preparations, please contact your local SBDC offices and use the links below.
CISA Shields-Up Notice and Guidelines: https://www.cisa.gov/shields-up
Find a Local SBDC Office: https://americassbdc.org/find-your-sbdc/
ASBDC Basic Cyber Awareness Resources for Small Business: https://americassbdc.org/cybersecurity/resources/
Go to https://vimeo.com/668828470 to access the IIJA webinar recording
Multnomah County is once again looking to sponsor a deserving COBID Certified Business owner to the Foster School of Business Minority Business Executive Program, held in Seattle, WA, September 16 – 21, 2018.
The Minority Business Executive Program is a one-week residential program that takes place annually on campus at the University of Washington. The intensive curriculum grows minority and women-owned business leaders and helps them position their companies for today’s global economy.
Participants learn to utilize financial tools to make better business decisions, develop strategic plans for growth and sustainability, identify new technologies to scale operations, learn how to market their products and services more effectively, explore strategies to access global markets, and develop their leadership acumen. They return to their business with enhanced knowledge, a renewed personal energy, and an invaluable network of fellow minority and women business leaders.
Attached is the application to apply for the scholarship from the County and program brochure. The scholarship only covers the cost of the tuition; applicants must cover the costs of their room, transportation, and other costs. Attendees for the training stay at the Hotel Deca, located at 4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE, a short distance from the campus.
Deadline to submit applications is August 6, 2018.
February 21, 2018, 3 to 6 pm
Oregon Convention Center, Lobby D, 777 NE MLK Blvd, Portland
Come mingle with Metro and Multnomah County staff at an
early evening Open House. A great chance for small businesses
in the Metro Region to introduce themselves to project
managers from both agencies, and how to do business with
Learn about this year’s upcoming opportunities.
How to do business with Metro and Multnomah County
Multnomah County supplier registration portal
Upcoming projects showcase – Oregon Convention Center
Social Media and Marketing
For more information, contact email@example.com
This is a free event, and light refreshments are included.