Be Cyber Ready. Stay Cyber Strong.

Protect Your Business
With the Cyber Readiness Program

Cyber risk is on the rise. The Cyber Readiness Program can help you protect your data, your employees, your vendors, and your customers. This free, online program is designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises become more secure against today’s most common cyber vulnerabilities.

With just a few hours of time, your organization can become Cyber Ready.

Resources

Explore our guides to help organizations navigate the new cybersecurity challenges of a distributed workforce as more people work remotely due to COVID-19.

Holiday Shopping Tips for Retailers 

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Managing the Relationship with Your Outside Cybersecurity Support Firm

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Multi-Factor Authentication Guide

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Understanding Your Cybersecurity Vendor Contract

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How to Select the Right Level of Outside Support

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Mastercard Trust Center

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Get Informed

Access a growing library of CRI research and resources.

Expand your knowledge with insights from global experts on current events and the evolving cybersecurity landscape. Learn about upcoming events and quickly find other helpful resources on key cyber issues.

Start Your Program

Dive into a free, self-paced Program specifically designed for SMEs.

Take charge and become Cyber Ready through the Cyber Readiness Program. In single online session, or at your own pace, a designated Cyber Leader can access everything they need to educate their workforce and build a cyber ready organization. The Program is designed to be accessible to all levels and roles in your organization. With just a few hours of learning, you’ll be empowered to defend against the most common cyber threats and eligible to receive a Certificate of Cyber Readiness.

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Explore the Starter Kit

Not ready for the full Cyber Readiness Program? Get started quickly with just the basic actions you should know about cyber readiness.

Learn about four key areas you can address right now that will dramatically protect your business from cyber breaches. Access promotional materials and resources to educate your workforce how to prevent and respond to security issues and discover practical ways to establish a culture of cyber readiness.

Upcoming Events & Webinars

Make an Impact

Help organizations of all sizes discover practical ways to get cyber ready, while strengthening global value chains for everyone. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Become a supporting Member and join other global organizations supporting the movement of cyber readiness

  • Become a Champion and provide a highly valuable and no cost resource to your organization, network, or value chain

  • Become a Cyber Leader to educate your colleagues and build a cyber ready organization

  • Share our library of CRI resources, tools, learning opportunities

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Some of Our Supporters

Jan Carroll, Director
Fortify Institute, Meath, Ireland

“It was an amazing experience. I learned how to create a cyber ready culture and how to be an effective cyber leader. It is really a very helpful online course. I particularly liked the content. I have work to do in my company and to help my clients be more cyber ready. Thank you for providing great resource templates. I will be sharing this with everyone I know.”

Michael J. Pilotti, EIT Manager
Americas Digital Technologies, Hanon Systems, Novi, MI

“Continued reminders to self and employees are key to keeping awareness and new threats on the top of everyone’s mind. The six-month intervals should help drive this message for seasoned and new hires.  On-boarding process updates to include cyber training and information is a great step forward.”

Andy Jackson, Chief Operating Officer
Wakelight Technologies, Inc., Honolulu, HI

“The program compliments what we are already doing to be CMMC compliant, provides additional awareness on the core elements of Cyber Readiness.”

Sean Filipowski, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired), Visiting Assistant Professor
IT and Cyber Program, SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY

“Insightful. Basic. To the point. In “English” not tech speak. Superb!”

Amir Ebrahimi, Manager, Marketing and Business Development
Realtyna.com, Delaware, USA

“The level of awareness [the Cyber Readiness Program] brings to the staff at our company is amazing. Also, the course has been free from jargon and unnecessary complications, which is the case with most other courses.”

David Bradette, Vice President, Technology
Caffeinated Computer Consulting, Inc., Calgary, Canada

“I enjoyed the program, as it was easy to walk through, and contained many editable documents that contain valuable information. We will be recommending this to our clients for sure.”

Abdel-Halim Mahmoud, CEO
Egypt Excellence Center, Giza, Egypt

“Maybe the most useful part in this course is teaching how to manage the change of people habits and culture within the organization, and how to develop policies and procedures. I have tried to find something to add to this course content, but frankly speaking, it is above perfect.”

Charissa Wong, IT Manager
Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Hawaii

“The program gave us the push to complete the areas we were dreading since a lot of it has to do with changing user behavior.  I appreciated all the templates and policies which I used to help communicate all the changes.”

Sandra Ruiz-Chaudhary, Chief Inspiration Officer
Nadicent Technologies, Glastonbury, CT

“Great insights and a great idea focusing on the 4 core cyber issues. It gives the business owner a great place to start and focus their efforts.”

Kelly Hahn
Wyoming Roofing

“I have just completed the Cyber Readiness Program. Thank you for this opportunity to become more informed on Cyber Security. I appreciate the structured development of our Cyber policies, and of myself as our Cyber Leader. While we have great external IT Management; we were missing strong internal policies and training for our workforce. This program has helped me put policies in place and has given me the tools to roll them out and to continue with ongoing training. I highly recommend this program to small businesses who don’t have a dedicated IT team. Lay persons like myself can take on Cyber Readiness even if IT is not their area of expertise. It is so important to have this internal process, even if you have external IT management.”

Dave Hartman
President and Co-Founder, Hartman Executive Advisors

“As small business owners, we know that fostering a culture of cybersecurity starts at the top. Cybersecurity is not something a small group can take care of; all employees need to understand the role they play in keeping their organization safe. The Cyber Readiness Program provides valuable resources to support small business leaders who are ready to strengthen their business operations”

Mohamed Mahdy
Information Technology Director, International Business Associates Group for Money Transfer (IBAGMT)

“IBAG has greatly benefited from the Cyber Readiness Institute’s easy implementable initiative designed to boost cyber readiness through focusing on four main cybersecurity issues along with well documented policies and a holistic Incident Response Plan. Kudos Cyber Readiness Institute!”

Ryan Rickels
IT Director, Harford County Public Library

“The Cyber Readiness Program provides organizations with the tools necessary to evaluate and enhance their current information security footing.For organizations just wading into cybersecurity, the policy templates and training resources significantly cutdown on the learning curve, enabling themto build a competent security program using tools they probably already own.For organizations that arealready practicing cybersecurity, the same toolkit provides an opportunity to review and formalize policies and procedures that have evolved over time.”

Mandy Davis
HR Coordinator, HiViz

“We just finished the Cyber Readiness Institute pilot program at HiViz, and it has already made a difference for our company. My favorite part about the program is how it breaks down cybersecurity into four distinct bite-sized pieces that are easy to understand, and simplifies how to improve processes. Thanks to this program, any employee who operates a computer here can easily understand why these four issues are a concern and how they can helpto minimize risk”

Jon Preizler
RH Capital Partners

“It is a no brainer – go complete the Cyber Readiness Program right away. The Program spoon feeds you critical information for cybersecurity and tools with plenty of room to customize for your own organization. I highly recommend it!”

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News & Events

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Suspected Russian spies who exploited a federal contractor to...

Cyber Readiness Institute Names Karen S. Evans as New Managing Director

Former Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response at U.S. Department of Energy and Homeland...

New Cyber Readiness Program Now Available in Spanish and Portuguese

Cyber Readiness Institute Extends Upgraded Cyber Readiness Program to Spanish and Portuguese Speakers WASHINGTON, DC, October...

Apple Joins Cyber Readiness Institute as Co-Chair

Investment to Bolster Global Small Business Cybersecurity Education and Protection Sept. 28, 2021 (New York)—The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) is pleased to welcome Apple as a Co-Chair of the organization....

Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) Managing Director Kiersten Todt Named Chief of Staff for U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Strengthening the Cybersecurity Posture of America’s Small Business Community

          Chairwoman Velázquez, Ranking Member Luetkemeyer, Vice Chair Mfume, and Vice Ranking...

CyberHawaii and the Cyber Readiness Institute Launch Training Program to Meet New Cybersecurity Requirements for DOD/Federal Contracts

Train the Trainer: Become a Cyber Squad Leader in Georgia

This program will run between 2 and 3 months. The kick-off webinar will be on July 7th at 8 pm GMT+4. The first half of the...

Cyber Readiness Institute Launches First Cybersecurity Certification Program for Small and Medium-sized Business Leaders

Focus on Human Behavior to Reduce Supply Chain Cybersecurity Risk

Recent events have highlighted the critical need for better cybersecurity in supply chains. Technology alone will not solve...

Women in Cyber: Expert Training Course with Kiersten Todt and Lessie Longstreet

In the context of the Women in Cyber Mentorship Programme, ITU, FIRST and EQUALS have the pleasure to present our second...

Cyber Readiness Institute Calls on Biden Administration To Make Small-Business Cybersecurity a National Priority

Leading Cyber Non-Profit Outlines Five Steps To Bolster Small...

Russian spies compromised 14 tech providers, aiming to 'piggyback' on customer access, Microsoft says

Suspected Russian spies who exploited a federal contractor to...

Cyber Readiness Institute Names Karen S. Evans as New Managing Director

Former Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response at U.S. Department of Energy and Homeland...

New Cyber Readiness Program Now Available in Spanish and Portuguese

Cyber Readiness Institute Extends Upgraded Cyber Readiness Program to Spanish and Portuguese Speakers WASHINGTON, DC, October...

Apple Joins Cyber Readiness Institute as Co-Chair

Investment to Bolster Global Small Business Cybersecurity Education and Protection Sept. 28, 2021 (New York)—The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) is pleased to welcome Apple as a Co-Chair of the organization....

Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) Managing Director Kiersten Todt Named Chief of Staff for U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Strengthening the Cybersecurity Posture of America’s Small Business Community

          Chairwoman Velázquez, Ranking Member Luetkemeyer, Vice Chair Mfume, and Vice Ranking...

CyberHawaii and the Cyber Readiness Institute Launch Training Program to Meet New Cybersecurity Requirements for DOD/Federal Contracts

Train the Trainer: Become a Cyber Squad Leader in Georgia

This program will run between 2 and 3 months. The kick-off webinar will be on July 7th at 8 pm GMT+4. The first half of the...

Cyber Readiness Institute Launches First Cybersecurity Certification Program for Small and Medium-sized Business Leaders

Focus on Human Behavior to Reduce Supply Chain Cybersecurity Risk

Recent events have highlighted the critical need for better cybersecurity in supply chains. Technology alone will not solve...

Women in Cyber: Expert Training Course with Kiersten Todt and Lessie Longstreet

In the context of the Women in Cyber Mentorship Programme, ITU, FIRST and EQUALS have the pleasure to present our second...

Cyber Readiness Institute Calls on Biden Administration To Make Small-Business Cybersecurity a National Priority

Leading Cyber Non-Profit Outlines Five Steps To Bolster Small...

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