Small businesses are under cyber and data-breach attacks. They 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 Secure Towns. Secure Towns leverages the America's SBDC cybersecurity North Star CMM brand.
The North Star CMM brand represents the overarching efforts of the America's SBDC network to mitigate cyber threats to small businesses. North Star CMM is based on the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) for awareness and direction. Its purpose is to create a structure around a complicated subject and support small business and SBDC cybersecurity efforts.
Secure Towns improves small business resiliency by protecting core business functions and mitigating cybersecurity threats, through coordinated community efforts. Secure Towns is the program and vehicle that is used to deliver the North Star CMM content to both our small business communities and local SBDCs.
Since cybersecurity is a new area for small businesses and the landscape is constantly changing, North Star CMM 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 CMM for small businesses provides basic level cybersecurity training and awareness, with the following resources: