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 Cyber Readiness Starter Kit has 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.

Start with the Four Core Cyber Issues



The use of stolen credentials, accounted for 50% of attacks in 2021

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 out of 3 security breaches would have been prevented by implementing security policies and patching systems

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.



Just over one in four employees said they had fallen for a phishing scam at work in the last 12 months

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.

Secure Storage
& Sharing


Threats exploiting USB media for initial infection, rose 52% in 2021

Have you ever picked up a free USB from a conference or event? That USB drive could 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.

Starter Kit 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.

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 Secure Storage & Sharing. Download and customize to create basic cyber readiness guidelines for your team.

Go Beyond the Basics

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.

The Cyber Readiness Program is for organizations that need more than just the basics. The 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 free, 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.

CRI Woman using Starter Kit program on laptop