Small businesses throughout the U.S. 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.

Cybersecurity CMMC

The Department of Defense has created a standard for all businesses to protect contract and other confidential information that is exposed to companies while performing work for them and the information of their own. It is called the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification or CMMC. America’s SBDC recognizes the value of this standard for all business types even if you do not work with the DoD. We are moving forward in support of this standard by making classes available to any small business in the US or its territories. Classes utilize secure software as a service to protect the information you gather in support of protecting your business. This information is only accessible by you unless you give access to others who are helping you.

For more information, please contact us
at charlie.tupitza@americasbdc.org
or call 202-839-5563

Corporate sponsorships are available!

The America’s SBDC offers a secure platform for you to use to help understand the CMMC level 1. If you are curious or choose to start your journey you may use this tool. The use is free with a limit of not being able to export reports.

Small Business Development Center Advisor Role:

The America’s SBDC network has over 4,000 business advisors at over 1,000 locations to support small businesses in the U.S. and its territories. The role of SBDC advisors is to assist small businesses with business and marketing plans, set up bookkeeping, and help them gain access to capital. Their mission is to help businesses flourish.

SBDC advisors play an essential role in making sure you consider the value and necessity of incorporating CMMC cyber and data protection into your business plans, policies and regular activity. Think of this as generally accepted accounting principles, but for cybersecurity and data protection instead.

Access the CMMC awareness platform

Registering an Account: It is vital to keep information about your company secure. Cybersecurity First Steps utilizes a platform hosted on a secure certified cloud 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. Please view the help information so you can best understand how to enter the software.

Access CMMC Level 1 <Click Here>

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Cybersecurity First Steps is a questionnaire to help with an awareness of cybersecurity and data protection. If you don’t understand what malware, multifactor authentication, encryption, ransomware and other related cyber threats are, it may be best if you start here before moving on to the CMMC so you will be better prepared.

It’s OK if you don’t know all the answers to the questions. It is essential for you and the people helping you to understand what you don’t know. The information is only accessible to you. You may permit others to view the information 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.

Access the Questionnaire

Registering an Account: It is vital to keep information about your company secure. Cybersecurity First Steps utilizes a platform hosted on a secure certified cloud 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. Please view the help so you can best understand how to enter the software.

Access Cybersecurity First Steps  < Click Here >

Questions about First Steps?

Contact us at: firststeps@americassbdc.org

or call 202-839-5563

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A special cyber and data breach liability offering for clients is available: Click here.

Many clients have asked about cyber and data breach insurance availability. Insurance is not a substitute for cybersecurity and data protection but may help when you do your best and have a breach.

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