FCC Releases New Version of Small Biz Cybersecurity Planner

Online Tool Updated with Help of Department of Homeland Security, McAfee, Others

The FCC has released an update of its small business cybersecurity planner, which combines the resources of eBay, Visa, McAfee, the Department of Homeland Security, Microsoft and others in an online resource to protect against cyberattacks.

The online tool allows business to create a customized plan addressing issues including privacy and data protection, network, security and incidence response and reporting.

The planner was launched in November 2011, and the FCC says that almost 10,000 small businesses have used it to create customized plans. That's the good news. The bad news: The commission says studies by Symantec, also a partner in the FCC's cybersecurity outreach, show that 83% of small businesses have no protection, even as two-thirds of those businesses have become more dependent on the Internet.

The latest version of the FCC effort, Small Biz Cyberplanner 2.0, includes new details about "cyber insurance," best practices on spyware, and "the latest security information." It also follow's chairman Julius Genachowski's cybersecurity roundtable last year with industry execs, the FCC pointed out in announcing the update.