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. Apple joins CRI to further our mission to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) as critical components of global supply chains improve their cyber readiness and become more secure.
“We are very excited to welcome Apple as a Co-Chair of the Cyber Readiness Institute,” said Christopher G. Caine, President of the Center for Global Enterprise, a co-founding member of CRI. “Apple’s commitment to raising the bar for cybersecurity across businesses of all sizes, as well as its global reach, will help CRI advance its content and scale its mission. We look forward to collaborating with Apple on developing innovative programs to improve the security of global supply chains by focusing on practical steps SMBs can take to be more cyber ready.”
As a Co-Chair, Apple will share best practices and experiences that inform the development of free cybersecurity tools and resources for SMBs. Apple will also support CRI’s content development and collaborate with CRI on programs that support the SMBs in Apple’s global supply chain.
In addition to our Members, CRI’s Champion Network includes nearly 90 organizations representing more than two million SMBs, worldwide. CRI has notable partnerships with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), World Economic Forum (WEF), and The Aspen Institute. Downloads of our content have exceeded 100,000, and through a series of global webinars, CRI has reached over 90,000 individuals and SMBs.
Since its launch in 2017, CRI has developed the Cyber Readiness Program, a self-guided program for SMBs that focuses on human behavior and developing practical policies an organization can follow to build a culture of cyber readiness. In May, CRI added the Cyber Leader Certification Program, the first professional credential program designed to train cyber leaders. CRI has produced over fourteen easy-to-understand guides to the most urgent challenges confronting SMBs today, including ransomware, a hybrid workforce, and using outside services.
CRI has been invited to testify before the House of Representatives on small business cybersecurity and recently released a White Paper urging the Biden Administration to take specific actions to protect SMBs from cyber-attacks. As a thought leader, CRI has become a “go-to” resource for media on small business cybersecurity and is frequently featured in national media outlets.
About the Cyber Readiness Institute
The Cyber Readiness Institute is a non-profit initiative that convenes business leaders from across sectors and geographic regions to share resources and knowledge that inform the development of free cybersecurity tools for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The Institute is housed within The Center for Global Enterprise, a New York-based non-profit applied research organization. CRI was co-founded by the CEOs of The Center for Global Enterprise, Mastercard, Microsoft, and PSP Partners, as a follow-up action from the work of the 2016 President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Members also include Apple, ExxonMobil, General Motors, and Principal. Our mission is to advance the cyber readiness of SMBs to improve the security of global supply chains. CRI’s resources focus on human behavior and emphasize employee education and awareness. To find out more, visit www.BeCyberReady.com.