cybersecurity

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According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), there are 28 million small businesses in America, accounting for 54 percent of all U.S. sales. The SBA also says small businesses provide 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all net new jobs since the 1970s.

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Cybersecurity is such a high priority for the U.S. government that President-elect Trump is asking intelligence officials to do a major report on hacking in 90 days.

A recent report identified the top cybersecurity threats for 2017. They include:

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Yahoo recently announced that at least 500 million of their users had their information stolen in 2014. And earlier this year the Internal Revenue Service said a cyber hack of its system gained access to personal data from more than 700,000 taxpayer accounts. 

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Morphick's Tony Hudson is somewhat of a superhero. When one of the Norwood company's clients, big or small, reports a cyber threat and investigators deem it to be real, Hudson jumps into action. "I have a suit in my car so that if I have to go somewhere I can change into it like superman."

There is no shortage of threats. Here are some of the top ones for 2016.

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  According to a recent report, there were 12.6 million victims of identity fraud in 2012. And increasingly, criminals are taking advantage of the poor security measures smartphone and tablet  owners use to gain access to important personal  information. Many users keep banking information on their phones or check their bank accounts via public Wi-Fi. And many people leave their phones unattended at their office  or in their parked cars.

  Internet attacks on nations, banks, universities and individuals have increased dramatically over the last few years. Dr. Richard J Harknett, head of the University of Cincinnati Department of Political Science, and UC Associate Professor of Information Technology Mark Stockman discuss cyber security and protecting your online information.

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The Pentagon is increasing its cybersecurity force fivefold after a series of hacking incidents that  have originated in China and other places. In recent months U.S. businesses and newspapers have also been compromised.  Suspects include organized rings and teenage hackers from Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Increasingly the U.S. government and businesses are taking steps to better protect themselves. Ann Thompson reports in Focus on Technology.