Small Business Data/Cyber Protection Awareness

Cybersecurity Guidance For Small Businesses

Cybersecurity Program

Small businesses face an escalating threat from cyberattacks and data breaches, particularly in today’s challenging environment. These attacks occur daily and can significantly impact your finances and business operations. To equip small businesses with the essential knowledge and tools needed for protection, America’s SBDC presents the North Star cybersecurity program

What is North Star?

North Star represents the overarching efforts of the America’s SBDC network to mitigate cyber threats to small businesses. This initiative follows a variety of frameworks, including the DoD Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC 2.0), NIST, CIS, and others, providing both awareness and direction. Its purpose is to create a structured approach to a complicated subject, supporting small businesses and SBDCs in their cybersecurity efforts.


North Star has developed a comprehensive set of resources tailored to small businesses, simplifying the often complex world of cyber and data protection. These resources cover a wide range of topics, ensuring that your small business can confidently navigate the cybersecurity landscape.


In addition to our own resources, we’ve partnered with organizations that have developed their own materials, further expanding the support available to you. Together, we’re committed to helping small businesses like yours stay secure in the face of growing cyber threats.

North Star Video Library

Cyber Continuity in The Hybrid Workplace Presentation

2023 SBA Cyber Summit Videos

Watch the last #SBACyberSummit, where industry leaders, experts, and entrepreneurs converged to empower businesses with the knowledge and tools to protect them from evolving digital risks.

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Day 3

Cyber Blog

Additional Resources


The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a government agency that provides assistance to small businesses in the form of loans, grants, and counseling services. It also helps to navigate the federal contracting process and provides disaster relief assistance. The SBA's mission is to help small businesses start, grow, and succeed in today's competitive marketplace.


The National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) is a non-profit organization that aims to promote cybersecurity awareness and education. Collaborates with various stakeholders across government, industry, and civil society to create and implement cybersecurity education and awareness programs. These programs empower users at home, work, and school with the information they need to keep themselves, their organizations, their systems, and their sensitive information safe and secure online.

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is a federal agency that enforces antitrust laws and protects consumers from unfair and deceptive conduct by businesses. The agency has the authority to investigate and prosecute companies that engage in unfair or deceptive practices, such as false advertising, pyramid schemes, and identity theft. The agency provides a variety of resources for consumers, including information on how to avoid scams, file complaints, and protect their privacy online.


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a federal executive department of the United States government. It was established in 2002, in response to the September 11 attacks, with the primary mission of preventing terrorist attacks within the United States and reducing the vulnerability of the United States to terrorism. The DHS is responsible for a wide range of activities, including border security, immigration enforcement, cybersecurity, disaster preparedness and response, and counterterrorism.


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Their mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by enhancing economic security and improving our quality of life. NIST’s work ranges from supporting the smallest of technologies to the largest and most complex of human-made creations. They provide a portfolio of services for measurements, standards, and legal metrology that ensure measurement traceability, enable quality assurance, and harmonize documentary standards and regulatory practices.

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