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The America’s Small Business Development Centers today is hosting the first of what is expected to be dozens of classes throughout the country over the next couple of months that are intended to prepare companies for the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) plan expected to be finalized early next year.
“We cannot wait for the CMMC certification body or DOD mandate to move forward,” said ASBDC’s Charlie Tupitza, who leads the group’s cyber and data breach efforts. “There is too much value in the current state of the CMMC to hold back,” he said in a statement to Inside Cybersecurity, while stressing the classes will focus on the lowest levels — one through three — of DOD’s five-tier certification program. Read the rest of this article at: Cyber Inside article here
IMPORTANT: As you consider assessing aganist this for certification know it is important to protect all the information (artifacts) associated with your assessment. Limit who can have access to this information and have secure controls associated with this information.
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White Paper on the Value of Cyber and Data Liability Insurance for Small Businesses
This document is for small and mid-sized businesses who are considering acquiring “cyber and data breach liability insurance” to protect themselves against the increasing velocity and complexity of cyber and data breach attacks.
There is a appendix for the CMMC
It is also for larger businesses and governments to help them understand the value of the insurance for their contractors and extended supply chain members.
Some may wish to require subcontractors and suppliers to have proper Insurance in place, as a stipulation to providing goods or services to them.
This white paper is a living document.
We are looking for germane contributions associated with the following topics contained in the body of work. .
We would also like to hear of new topics associated with insurance.
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A special Cybersecurity and Data Liability Insurance policy is available for small businesses Here ->
Small businesses are under cyber and data-breach attacks by nation-states, as well as organized and disorganized criminals, who are stealing intellectual capital, personal and business information, and creating havoc in business environments.
60% of small businesses that are hacked never recover.
The ASBDC is pleased to offer Cybersecurity First Steps, an online questionnaire to help you understand how to protect your company from cyber threats.
A secure environment is used to protect information while providing a consistent, standards-based way for you to learn good practices associated with cybersecurity and data protection.
It’s OK for you not to know all the answers to the questions in First Steps. It is more important for you to know what you don’t know. The information gathered is only accessible to you, but you may permit others to view the information for help, including local Small Business Development Center advisors.
In-line advice is provided with the questionnaire to help answer questions, and a report is prepared to help you understand what you can do to protect your business eco-system.
It is critical to take the highest precautions to protect client sensitive information associated with cybersecurity and potential data breach information like this. For this reason, we are using a software tool located on a FedRAMP certified secure cloud platform. The Small Business Administration is the sponsor for the “high certification” evaluation of the application used.
Katie Arrington’s CMMC slide deck can be found here:
The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)) recognizes that security is foundational to acquisition and should not be traded along with cost, schedule, and performance moving forward. The Department is committed to working with the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) sector to enhance the protection of controlled unclassified information (CUI) within the supply chain.
OUSD(A&S) is working with DoD stakeholders, University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC), and industry to develop the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).
Large public and private organizations are comprised of big, medium and small organizational components. Sharing a common understanding and unified messaging is critical to delivering business/mission value and security.
Small and mid-size businesses are the largest group of employers. Thinking of large organizations separately from this group ignores very important opportunities to increase business value and security because they are all connected and interdependent.
The guide covers 6 actionable items that assist in reducing cyber risks:
The Federal Trade Commission easy to follow guidance for small businesses.
Note: The FTC is going to update and release new guidance Oct 18th.
When an emergency strikes, your business’s most vulnerable asset may not be in the stockroom or warehouse. It could be the data that has been central to your success. The FTC has six steps you can take to help protect your company’s information from the unpredictable.
High-profile hackers grab the headlines. But some data thieves prefer old school methods – rifling through file cabinets, pinching paperwork, and pilfering devices like smartphones and flash drives. As your business bolsters the security of your network, don’t let that take attention away from how you secure documents and devices.
FTC law enforcement actions, closed investigations, and experiences we’ve heard from businesses demonstrate the wisdom of adopting a 360° approach to protecting confidential data. As Start with Security suggests, securing paper, physical media, and devices is an important part of that strategy.
The protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) resident in non-federal systems and organizations is of paramount importance to federal agencies and can directly impact the ability of the federal government to successfully conduct its assigned missions and business operations.
NIST releases 1.1 Roadmap to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
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By clarifying that our standard is one of “reasonableness” rather than strict liability, we address one of the major concerns that providers—including small providers and their associations—raise in this proceeding.
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