We invite you to become a Cyber Readiness Champion and join us in getting the word out about the Cyber Readiness Program.
Your involvement can improve cybersecurity across global value chains by helping small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) become more cyber ready.
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.
The CRI’s Cyber Readiness Program is designed to be straightforward and accessible for SMBs regardless of size, technical expertise, and sector. Designed in collaboration with leading cyber experts, and with input from organizations of all sizes at different points in global value chains, it focuses on embedding basic cyber policies and processes into an organization. It also recognizes that organizations need to work with the resources they have to advance their cyber capabilities and not necessarily hire or bring in new skill sets to manage the risk.
A designated Cyber Readiness Leader at the organization is guided through a step-by-step program where they gain knowledge and get tips from experts. Our Program takes the mystery out of what to do and when to do it. The Leader has access to CRI developed resources and tools in each step to help them create a culture of cyber readiness. From posters to policies to training materials, they can access what is needed to engage their workforce and build a cyber ready organization. In a few weeks, and with limited in-house technical expertise, this program can help SMBs operate more securely – to be cyber ready.
The Cyber Readiness Program focuses on four primary issues that can have the greatest impact on an organization’s cybersecurity: authentication, patching, phishing, and USB use. Additionally, it helps SMB leadership prioritize functions that should go to the cloud, a necessary step to keep up with the threat environment. The Program also provides a cyber incident response template that companies can customize for their use.
In today's digital world, any business, large or small, is vulnerable to a cyber attack. SMBs suffer more frequently and, often, more severely from attacks, compared to larger organizations. SMBs comprise the majority of companies in every industry value chain. According to the Verizon 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), 58 per cent of data breach victims globally are small businesses. And yet many SMBs report doing very little to protect themselves, typically because they often don’t have the resources or the capabilities to do so.
Being prepared is critical to minimizing damage, containing impact, and blocking expansion of an event. A culture of “cyber readiness” means the organization is preventing cyber events when possible and knows how to respond when an incident does occur. Effective action doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) convenes senior leaders of global companies – including Mastercard, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Acer, Citi, Maersk and GM, and develops others from around the world - to share and develop best practices and resources to improve the cyber readiness of small and medium-sized businesses to improve the cybersecurity of global value chains.
The Institute’s Co-Chairs are: Samuel J. Palmisano, retired President 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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