Cyber and Data Protection Awareness Training

Cybersecurity Guidance For Small Businesses

Small businesses are under cyber and data-breach attacks. This has grown even more true in the last few months given the current climate. Cyber attacks happen every day, and for a small business they can be very costly and cripple business operations. To help provide small businesses with the education and resources to protect themselves, America's SBDC has developed a national cybersecurity program called North Star.

What is

North Star?

North Star represents the overarching efforts of the America's SBDC network to mitigate cyber threats to small businesses. North Star follows a handful of frameworks such as the DoD Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC 2.0), NIST, CIS and others for awareness and direction. Its purpose is to create a structure around a complicated subject and support small business and SBDC cybersecurity efforts.

Education Pathways

Since cybersecurity is a new area for small businesses and the landscape is constantly changing, North Star took that into consideration. It offers two education pathways, one designed specifically for small businesses and the other for SBDC networks.


For Small Businesses

North Star for small businesses provides basic level cybersecurity training and awareness, with the following resources:



North Star provides training and support to SBDC networks that offer cybersecurity content, with the following resources:

Interested in Sponsoring?

In support of America's SBDC's efforts to provide resources and education for small businesses, we are partnering with companies that provide value to the small business community.


Have a question about North Star or Secure Towns? Reach out to us, we are happy to help!