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Protecting Small Businesses

The City of Phoenix works to move more of its contracts to local businesses. The Small Business Enterprise Program certifies firms to participate in City of Phoenix business opportunities available for small business owners located in Maricopa County.

Almost all small businesses do not take adequate measure to beef up the security to eliminate the chances of security breaches. Therefore, they can be a perfect target for hackers and cybercriminals. Only 31 percent of small businesses take active measures to guard themselves against security breaches. Furthermore, 41 percent of small businesses are unaware of the risks accrued with the human error, and only 22 percent of small businesses are willing to improve the security measures from last year.

The reasons for the vulnerability of Small/Medium Businesses (SMBs) can be grouped under two categories:
a) Lack of awareness
b) Exposure to threats

As a result, it might not surprise you that security breaches hurt small businesses the most. More than 70 percent of attacks target small businesses. It is estimated that 60 percent of hacked SMBs go out of business only after six months.

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Check out Hot Topics - Politics/Legislation to read about proposed legislation that provides SMBs with the tools, resources, and expert guidance they need to tap into already existing cyber resources in order to better meet the 21st century needs of small businesses.


This information is provided as a courtsey by City of Phoenix. However, this information is intended as an introduction only, and it is up to you to make sure you take the proper steps to secure your home PC, mobile devices, and/or business. The City of Phoenix is not responsible for computers not owned by the City and cannot answer specific questions about them, nor does the City of Phoenix recommend or endorse any specific vendors, products, or services.​​​​​​​