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Cybersecurity First Steps

Small businesses throughout the US and its territories 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.

No one is immune, and the estimate is that 60% of small businesses that are hacked never recover.

Cybersecurity First Steps is offered as an online questionnaire to help small businesses understand how to protect themselves from cyber threats. First Steps utilizes a secure environment to protect cyber hygiene information while providing a consistent standards-based way to share good practices associated with cybersecurity and data protection with third parties, and SBDC advisors.

Cybersecurity First Steps is a questionnaire to help you understand how to protect what is important to you from cyber and data breach threats.

It is based on a industry/government standard framework so you will be able to better communicate with people helping you.

It’s OK if you don’t know all the answers to the questions.  It is important for you and the people helping you to know what you don’t know. The information is only accessible to you. You may give permission for others to view so they can help you. Advice will be given inline to help you answer questions and a report will help you understand what you can do to protect what is important. 

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Registering an Account:  It is important to keep information about your company secure.  Cybersecurity First Steps utilizes a platform that is hosted on a FedRAMP certified cloud by our partner Continuum GRC who maintains the secure First Steps program to protect all your information.

We will ask you to use three factor authentication to log into First Steps to protect your information. As part of this authentication you will need to create what we are calling an Entity Name:  this can be your company name, team name or any specific name you choose. If the entity name is already in use, you will need to choose a different name.

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About FedRAMP: The ASBDC and member SBDC’s do everything we can to help our clients protect their information.  For this reason we have selected a software tool to help with assessments located on a FedRAMP secure cloud. The Small Business Administration has agreed to sponsor a FedRAMP high certification evaluation of the tool which is in process.

We have over 4,000 business advisors at over 1,000 locations to support small businesses in the U.S. and our territories. The traditional role of our advisors is to assist small businesses with business and marketing plans, set up bookkeeping, and help them gain access to capital.

Cybersecurity First Steps and ASBDC advisors play an important role in making sure you consider the value and necessity of incorporating cyber and data protection into your business plans, policies, and normal activity.

Think of this like generally accepted accounting principles, but for cybersecurity and data protection instead.
First Steps will provide a working document for you to share with others who may be able to assist you to improve your company’s cyber security position.

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