The new focus of online security? Small businesses – MarketWatch

What’s the difference between a hack at Yahoo

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  and a hack at your local dentist’s office?

The latter is far less likely to have a plan in place to respond properly, experts say. Now, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a government agency that regulates businesses to protect consumers, and other nongovernmental bodies are doubling down on efforts to educate small and midsize businesses on risk management as their susceptibility to data breaches increases.

“This is particularly an issue for small businesses,” said Maureen Ohlhausen, the FTC’s acting chairman, while speaking to a panel at Nasdaq in New York City on Monday. “We are seeing a huge amount of data breaches target small business, but they don’t have the resources to withstand the impact,” she said at the panel, hosted by public-private digital privacy and security

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