Cyber Readiness Starter Kit

Protect your business, your customers, and your bottom line

You’ve probably heard of cyber threats like phishing and malware. Did you know that most of these types of attacks are targeted at small businesses? Fortunately, there are basic steps you can take to protect your business. The Cyber Readiness Starter Kit is a great way to get moving.

For many organizations, the Starter Kit is all you need. If you don’t have a lot of time or resources, but want to get started, we’ve compiled helpful information about what you can do to reduce cyber risk, along with training materials for your employees, and much more. It’s free and a great first step toward making your organization Cyber Ready.

Most Important Things You Should Know

1
Use Better Passwords
63%

of data breaches result from weak or stolen passwords

Weak passwords are the point of entry for far too many cyber attacks. You can strengthen your passwords by using a “passphrase” (a combination of words that only you know), and by using two-factor authentication (a login that requires you to enter a code that is texted to your phone).

2
Update Your Software
77%

of attacks in 2017 exploited gaps in software already on computers

When you receive a notification to update to the latest software version, it’s best to update right away. Updates are issued often for programs like Microsoft Word, and Excel, as well as your computer operating system like Windows or MacOS. These updates often include security patches.

3
Beware of Phishing
91%

of all cyber attacks start with a phishing email

You probably receive them every day. Phishing emails attempt to trick users – sometimes into clicking a link that releases computer viruses, sometimes into providing bank account info or other sensitive data. Often, phishing emails appear to be from legitimate companies. Getting smart about email can save you major headaches.

4
Be Careful with USBs
27%

of malware infections originate from infected USBs

Have you ever picked up a free USB from a conference or event? That USB drive could be deliver viruses into your computer, and infect your company’s network. It’s always best to steer clear of using shared or found USBs. And make sure any USBs that you do use are encrypted to protect your data.

Resources for You and Your Business

Below are free, downloadable materials that you can help train your employees, and spread the word about the importance of cyber readiness. Feel free to use whichever resources are right for your business.

How to Talk With
Your Employees About
Cyber Readiness

It’s important for every business to create a workplace that takes cyber readiness seriously. This begins with clear and open dialogue. But most business owners aren’t cybersecurity experts, so how do you start the conversation? We’ve created a clear and simple guide to help you start talking with your employees about cyber risks, protections and good practices.

Help Spread
the Word

Even the most cyber-aware team members can use a reminder now and then. We’ve created a collection of materials for you to share around the office and on social media. Each presents a fun reminder about important cyber readiness precautions.

Explore Tips
& Guidelines

You probably have some basic guidelines for your employees – general rules about showing up to work on time, wearing appropriate attire, etc. But what about rules on how to handle a suspicious email, or what to do with a vendor’s USB? We’ve got you covered. Check out these helpful tips and best practices on passwords, software updates, phishing and USB use. Download and customize to create basic cyber readiness guidelines for your team.

Think You’re
Cyber Savvy?

Take the quiz to find out your Cyber Readiness score. Challenge your staff or colleagues to see how you match up!

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Cyber Readiness Program

The Starter Kit is a great place to find general guidance about cyber issues and risk. It’s designed to be an initial step. Cyber readiness focuses on the preventative measures you can take and what to do when an incident occurs.

Each organization, whether you have 5 or 500 employees, has unique cyber readiness needs based on many factors, including the mission of your business and the requirements and expectations of your customers. Some organizations simply require a more robust approach.

The Cyber Readiness Program lays out practical steps you can take to assess and improve your cyber readiness. It will help you understand what it means to be cyber ready and guide you through creating a culture of awareness across your organization. It’s fee, and it’s easy to use and track your progress. You can work at your own pace. Once complete, you’ll receive a Cyber Readiness Certificate to show customers and suppliers that you’ve taken steps to create a culture of cyber readiness throughout your organization.

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