Become a Cyber Readiness Champion

Join the movement and become a Cyber Readiness Champion. 

Your involvement will make your organization more secure and improve cybersecurity across global value chains by helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) become cyber ready.

Become a Cyber Readiness Champion

If you are interested in helping us promote our free Cyber Readiness Program, we would love to hear from you. We are interested in working with groups to distribute valuable cyber readiness resources to small and medium-sized organizations around the world. 

Benefits of being a Cyber Readiness Champion include:


Providing a highly valuable and free resource to your members, network, or value chain


Recognition and promotion as a leader in supporting cyber readiness


Integrating the Cyber Readiness Program into your existing programs to advance cybersecurity and SME support


Receiving all CRI resources, tools, updates and information targeted at SMBs


Learning from senior cybersecurity executives at global companies

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Promote the Program on your company website or network

Host webinars with Cyber Readiness Institute experts

Spread the word via social media

Educate audiences via emails, newsletters, and articles

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The Value of the Cyber Readiness Program

CRI’s Cyber Readiness Program is designed to be clear and accessible for SMEs regardless of size, technical expertise, and sector. Designed in collaboration with cyber experts from leading organizations, the Program focuses on human behavior, embedding basic cyber policies and processes into an organization. It also recognizes that organizations must work within their resources to advance cyber capabilities and may not be able to hire new people with the right skills to manage the risk.

The Program guides a designated Cyber Readiness Leader through five stages to help develop and implement cyber readiness policies. CRI’s Program takes the mystery out of what to do and when to do it. The Leader has access to CRI’s library of resources and tools available in each stage to help establish a culture of cyber readiness. From posters to policy templates and training materials, Cyber Leaders have everything they need to engage their workforce and build a cyber ready organization. The Program only requires a few short weeks and very limited technical expertise to complete. 

The Cyber Readiness Program focuses on four primary issues that have the greatest impact on an enterprise’s cybersecurity: authentication and passwords, software updates, phishing, and USB use. Additionally, the Program helps SME leadership prioritize functions that should go to the cloud, a necessary step to creating a more secure environment for some applications. A template for a Cyber Incident Response Plan is also provided that companies can customize.

SMEs are particularly vulnerable to cyber threats

In today's digital world, all businesses, large and small, are vulnerable to a cyber attack. But SMEs suffer more frequently and, often, more severely from attacks, compared to larger enterprises. With SMEs comprising the majority of companies in every industry’s value chain, their cyber readiness is critical. Cyber researchers note that nearly 60% of data breach victims globally are small businesses. Yet, due to limited resources and capabilities, many SMEs report doing very little to put cybersecurity measures in place to protect themselves.

Being prepared is critical to minimizing damage of an event. A culture of cyber readiness means an organization is preventing cyber events whenever possible and has the knowledge to best manage an incident when it does occur. Effective action doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.

About the Cyber Readiness Institute

The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) brings together the expertise of senior executive leaders at global companies – including Mastercard, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Citi, Maersk and General Motors - to develop and provide best practices and free resources to improve the cyber readiness of small and medium-sized enterprises to secure global value chains.

The Institute’s Co-Chairs are: Samuel J. Palmisano, retired Chairman and CEO, IBM and current Chairman, the Center for Global Enterprise; Ajay Banga, President and CEO, Mastercard; Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft; and Penny Pritzker, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and current Chairman, PSP Partners. The Managing Director of CRI is Kiersten Todt, former Executive Director of the Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

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