NIST Adds CRI’s Free Tools and Program to Small Business Cybersecurity Resources

National Institute of Standards and Technology Adds Cyber Readiness Institute’s Cyber Readiness Program to Small Business Cybersecurity Resources

WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2019 – Small businesses from across the country now have the ability to access the Cyber Readiness Institute’s (CRI) Cyber Readiness Program through the National Institute of Standards (NIST) Small Business Cybersecurity Corner.

The U.S. Congress has empowered NIST todisseminate consistent, clear, concise, and actionable resources to help small businesses protect against cyber-attack. CRI’s free Cyber Readiness Program is now among the few non-government contributors highlighted on the NIST website.

“Our nation’s small businesses require support and resources aligned with their needs and limitations. Cybersecurity challenges can be daunting and expensive,” said Kiersten Todt, managing director of CRI. “The work that NIST is doing to provide free cyber resources in one place helps make small businesses more cyber ready and secure global supply chains.”

The Cyber Readiness Program is designed to educate and equip small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with free tools and resources to address four primary cybersecurity issues: passwords, phishing, software updates, and USB use. The Program provides SMEs with basic cyber policies and processes to help create a culture of cyber readiness and build a more cyber secure and resilient organization. The Program, available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, is self-guided and available online. Additional translations will soon be available in Chinese and Arabic.

About the Cyber Readiness Institute

The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) is a non-profit initiative that convenes senior leaders of global companies—including Mastercard, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Maersk, General Motors and others—to share best practices and resources to improve the cyber readiness of small and medium-sized enterprises.

The Institute’s founders and 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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