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Ten Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses

Blogged By: 
Department of Homeland Security
Created on October 21, 2013
 

Cyber SecurityBroadband and information technology are powerful tools for small businesses to reach new markets and increase sales and productivity. However, cybersecurity threats are real and businesses must implement the best tools and tactics to protect themselves, their customers, and their data. Visit www.fcc.gov/cyberplanner to create a free customized Cyber Security Planning guide for your small business and visit www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect to download resources on cyber security awareness for your business. Here are ten key cybersecurity tips to protect your small business:

  1. Train employees in security principles. Establish basic security practices and policies for employees, such as requiring strong passwords and establish appropriate Internet use guidelines, that detail penalties for violating company cybersecurity policies. Establish rules of behavior describing how to handle and protect customer information and other vital data.

  2. Protect information, computers, and networks from cyber attacks. Keep clean machines: having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Set antivirus software to run a scan after each update. Install other key software updates as soon as they are available.

United States Department of Commerce Plan for Orderly Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations

Blogged By: 
DOC
Created on October 1, 2013
 

Annual funding for the government expired on September 30. The Administration strongly believed that a lapse in funding should not occur. The Department is prepared for a lapse in funding that would necessitate a significant reduction in operations. Prior to a potential lapse in funding, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) required the Department to submit a draft plan for agency operations (PDF) in the absence of appropriations (a “shutdown plan”).

The plan may be modified with additional guidance from the Office of Personnel Management and OMB, and may be changed by the Department, as circumstances warrant. This plan (PDF) complies with the guidance provided by the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce. All employees who are Presidentially Appointed, Senate Confirmed will remain on duty.

Delivering on the Affordable Care Act: Marketplace Premiums Lower than Expected

Blogged By: 
Jeanne Lambrew, Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy
Created on September 30, 2013
 

Healthcare MapAt the center of the Affordable Care Act is the premise that we need to make health care more affordable and accessible for more Americans, and a new report released today demonstrates just how affordable insurance will be. The report, released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), finds that in state after state, affordable options will be available through the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2014. 

Nearly all eligible uninsured Americans (about 95%) live in states with average premiums below earlier projections.  And nearly all consumers (about 95%) will have a choice of health insurance companies, each of which offers a number of different plans.  Competition and transparency are driving a new set of affordable options for consumers -- it is how the law was designed.  This new report shows the real impact it could have – a working a family with income of $50,000 could pay less than $100 per month for the lowest bronze plan, after tax credits.

Debunking Myths About the Affordable Care Act

Blogged By: 
Meredith K. Olafson, SBA Community Moderator
Created on September 19, 2013
 

HealthcareAs a business owner, it's important to understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect your business. However, with so many misconceptions about how the Affordable Care Act works, this can be difficult.

As part of our ongoing blog series, "Myth vs. Fact: The Affordable Care Act and Small Business," this week we're debunking another common myth: Business owners will be fined if they don't provide notification to their employees about the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

Fact: If your company is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, you must provide a written notice to your employees about the Health Insurance Marketplace by October 1, 2013. However, there is no fine or penalty under the law for failing to provide the notice.

Southern Africa Intermodal Freight Reverse Trade Mission

Blogged By: 
MBDA

Created on September 18, 2013

 

Dates: September 22-October 3, 2013

Locations: Washington, DC; Richmond and Norfolk, VA; Indianapolis, IN; Joliet and Chicago, IL

U.S. Trade and Development Agency is sponsoring a reverse trade mission (RTM) to the United States for a delegation of public and private sector representatives from Southern Africa's rail sector, to explore U.S. technologies and best practices for intermodal freight transportation.

In addition to showcasing U.S. equipment and services, this RTM will also expose the delegates to U.S. policies, regulations, and financing mechanisms that can support the implementation of intermodal freight transportation projects in Southern Africa.

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