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How the AG’s CyberOhio Initiative Helps Small Businesses Stay Safe

Many small businesses want to do the right thing by safeguarding their systems from viruses and other malicious software. But, as a small business, where do you start, and where can you find information about keeping your business secure? The answer is the Ohio Attorney General’s CyberOhio initiative. 

One of the primary ways CyberOhio reaches out to small business owners is through a free cybersecurity training for small businesses. The main purpose of the training is to help educate small businesses on the current cybersecurity landscape, common cyber threats facing small businesses, and steps businesses can take to better protect themselves.  

The information shared in the presentations helps business owners consider ways to protect their business, their employees, and their customers, as well as when they should seek help from cybersecurity professionals. 

Small businesses can request a CyberOhio training by visiting the Attorney General’s website or by calling the Ohio Attorney General’s Help Center at 800-282-0515.  

In addition to small business training, the Attorney General’s CyberOhio initiative includes several other components aimed at helping Ohio businesses fight back against data security threats. Those components include: 
  • A Cybersecurity Advisory Board composed of industry experts and business leaders to provide guidance.
  • Exploring draft legislation to improve the legal cybersecurity environment in Ohio for businesses and consumers.
  • Educational opportunities, including a cybersecurity business summit that was held in March 2017.
  • Expanding the Ohio Attorney General’s Identity Theft Unit to assist businesses with cybersecurity and data privacy.
  • Encouraging more cybersecurity workforce personnel, including through the creation of collaborative internship opportunities between businesses and Ohio colleges and universities.