Cyber Readiness Blog

Discover insights and new perspectives on cyber readiness best practices authored by members of the CRI team and our partners.

Generative AI Tools Are Fueling a Steep Rise in Phishing E-mails. They Can Also Help SMBs Stop the Onslaught.

The past 18 months have seen awareness and implementation of generative AI tools skyrocketing, with some estimates suggesting that nearly 75 to 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies are already integrating the technology into...

Cyber Readiness Institute Releases Improved Cyber Leader Program

The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) has unveiled an upgraded version of its professional credential program, emphasizing practicality, accessibility, and real-world application. The updated Cyber Leader Program is designed...

Building a Culture of Cyber Readiness During Cybersecurity Awareness Month

It’s Cybersecurity Awareness month! The time of year when businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies come together to stress the importance of cybersecurity in our daily lives. But it’s not just...

Move it! Patch this Vulnerability Before it’s too Late!

If you haven’t already heard, hackers have been exploiting a vulnerability in the popular MOVEit File Transfer system. Governments, financial institutions, energy companies, non-profits and a variety of other organizations...

How to Prepare for the FTC’s Updated Safeguards Rule

How to Prepare for the FTC’s Updated Safeguards Rule   New amendments to the FTC’s Safegaurds Rule will require some businesses to take additional steps to ensure customer data is properly protected. With the requirement...

Summer and Holidays Are When Cyber Attacks Spike. Be Cyber Ready!

Are you planning a summer vacation with your family? School breaks and holidays are around the corner but are you prepared? Researchers have found most cyber attacks take place during the holidays when IT security departments...

Secure Your Business Against These Software Vulnerabilities

Dear Cyber Leaders, Does your business use the 3CX Desktop Application or GoAnywhere Managed-File-Transfer (MFT) software? If so, your devices and data could be vulnerable. Fortra, the software developer company of GoAnywhere...

The Day is Coming When the CRI Core Four Will be the Core Three

At the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI), we know all too well about the burden being cyber ready places on the millions of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) around the world. SMBs tell us they don’t have the financial,...

New Cyber Readiness Program Packs More Features to Protect SMBs from Cyber Threats

The cyber threat landscape is constantly shifting and so must the tools and resources we rely on to protect our public and private institutions. That is why we have updated our Cyber Readiness Program to make it even easier...

Cyber Readiness Institute Now Accepting New Applications for Small Business Advisory Council

The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) is accepting applications for organizations to join its Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC). CRI established SBAC as a forum to convene small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and key...

Cyber Ready with CRI’s Managing Director

Karen Evans discusses the trajectory of her career and how she’s succeeded in a male dominated industry in a podcast conducted by cyber insurance provider Cobell Cyber Women’s History Month.

Cyber Readiness Institute Launches #PhishingFriday Campaign to Raise Global Awareness

The non-profit will share real examples of phishing emails to promote employee training It’s not uncommon for a cybersecurity vendor to commission a study on a controversial topic to attract attention to its products and...

Remaining Cyber Ready During Geopolitical Tensions

During this period of rising geopolitical tensions, CRI’s Managing Director Karen Evans shares some essential steps to take to help ensure that businesses and individuals are cyber-secure.

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

CRI’s Karen Evans took part in a panel with Principal’s CISO Meg Anderson to show small businesses how steps like strengthening passwords and creating an incident response plan can help make them more secure

A Vulnerability in a Popular Program to Build and Host Websites Could Threaten Your Business

Understand the key steps to stay safe Does your business use WordPress to build, manage, and maintain your website? If so, a recently discovered vulnerability could provide criminals with access to control and manipulate...

Quick Facts from the Ransomware Playbook

We created this infographic with basic steps from our Ransomware Playbook to help organizations and individuals easily share this tip sheet through social media channels or other platforms. You can download our complete Ransomware...

A Simple Solution to Reduce the Threat of Ransomware

Ransomware has been a scourge for years. Recently, it has become a national security issue because of the exponential growth of attacks aimed at our critical infrastructure. Ransomware that holds hostage the critical data...

Supply Chains: The Growing Target of Cyber Attacks

The Colonial Pipeline, SolarWinds, and Microsoft Exchange cyber breaches are the latest vivid reminders that cybersecurity is a core supply chain issue and a threat that is growing in frequency and impact. Colonial Pipeline...

Introducing the Cyber Leader Certification Program

A free online program to train Cyber Leaders in small and medium-sized businesses to help secure supply chains and reduce the risk of a cyber attack. The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) has launched a free, comprehensive...

Cyber Readiness Institute Discusses Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack

      Below are some of the media reports. MTP Daily Former WH cybersecurity adviser: Colonial Pipeline ‘should not have been this vulnerable’ https://www.msnbc.com/mtp-daily/watch/former-wh-cybersecurity-adviser-colonial-pipeline-should-not-have-been-this-vulnerable-111647301519...

The Urgent Need to Strengthen the Cyber Readiness of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses: A Global Perspective

The Cyber Readiness Institute has released a White Paper urging the Biden Administration to address specific cyber readiness challenges that small and medium-sized businesses face. The paper recommends the following: Create...

From SMEs for SMEs: Cybersecurity Tips for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) asked its Small Business Advisory Council, a group of 15 public and private organizations that serve SMEs in various capacities, to identify key tips to help SMEs become more secure and...

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: COVID-19 Brings New Challenges and Threats

Learn how changing online behavior can turn core cyber issues from vulnerabilities to assets. During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it is important to acknowledge the new challenges that now exist, which we couldn’t have...

What the Ransomware Attack Debate is Missing

The impact of ransomware attacks against state and local governments continues to make headlines.  High profile attacks against Atlanta, Baltimore, and now Rivera Beach and Lake City in Florida expose the challenges governors,...