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Cybersecurity First Steps

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.

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 safeguard 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.

See more information below. First Steps will help you prepare for Next Steps CMMC if interested.

Cybersecurity Next Steps 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. The ASBDC recognizes the value of this standard beyond the Defense Industrial Base to all business types. 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.

Additional information and sponsorships are available!

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

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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 an 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 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.

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Registering an Account: It is vital to keep information about your company secure. Cybersecurity First Steps utilizes a platform 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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Questions about First Steps?
Contact us at:
or call 202-839-5563

About FedRAMP: America’s SBDC and member SBDCs do everything we can to help our clients protect their information. For this reason we have selected a software tool to help our clients 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.

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 traditional role of SBDC 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 SBDC advisors play an essential role in making sure you consider the value and necessity of incorporating 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. First Steps will provide a working document for you to share with others who may be able to assist you in improving your company’s cyber security position.

More information and sponsorships are available!

Please contact us at: firststeps@americassbdc.org


Many clients have asked about cyber and data breach insurance availability.
A special offering for clients is available: Click here.

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