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Free, online resource helps drive immediate action to significantly reduce their cyber risk


NEW YORK, February 19, 2019 — The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) and Mastercard today released a new Cybersecurity Toolkit specifically designed for small and medium businesses. This free online resource is available worldwide and offers actionable guidance and tools with clear directions to combat the increasing volume of cyberattacks.

Some estimates indicate that 58 percent of cyberattacks are targeted against small businesses[1]. These attacks include phishing, malware and ransomware – all of which can have devastating financial consequences. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):[2]

  • Small businesses account for 99 percent of businesses globally, including businesses in the US, EU, and the UK.
  • Small businesses account for 70 percent of jobs, on average.
  • Small businesses generate more than half of the value added by most economies.

Resourcing small businesses with tools to protect themselves from ever-evolving cyber risks not only strengthens their individual businesses but also supports the health of the entire commercial ecosystem, including governments and larger companies. Helping these small businesses be more secure by taking a few reasonable steps will significantly reduce risk for both the small business and its partners, no matter their size or resources.

The GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit arms small business owners with basic security controls and guidance, including:

  • Operational tools that help them take inventory of their cyber-related assets, create and maintain strong passwords, use multi-factor authentication, perform backups of critical data, prevent phishing and viruses, and more
  • How-to materials, such as template policies and forms, training videos, and other foundational documents they can customize for their organizations
  • Recognized best practices from leading organizations in the industry including the Center for Internet Security Controls, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre Cyber Essentials, the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s Essential Eight, and Mastercard

“What sets the Global Cyber Alliance Cybersecurity Toolkit apart is that it is an action kit,” said Philip Reitinger, president and CEO of Global Cyber Alliance. “Our focus is on producing a dynamic clearinghouse of operational tools that help small and medium businesses address risk and improve their cybersecurity posture, leveraging the deep expertise of our network of global partners, such as Mastercard, and the experiences of actual GCA toolkit users.”

As a Development Sponsor, Mastercard has shaped the priorities and early success of the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit, helping to make it accessible to millions around the globe.

“Safety and security are core to our brand,” says Ron Green, chief security officer, Mastercard. “Every day, we are committed to developing new and better ways to keep payments safe – especially for small businesses, the lifeblood of any economy. By partnering with the Global Cyber Alliance, we’re helping entrepreneurs and business owners to better protect themselves. In that way, they can stay focused on what they do best: running and growing their business.”

The Global Cyber Alliance has partnered with several additional organizations to create the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit, including the Center for Internet Security, the Cyber Readiness Institute, the City of London and the City of New York. The toolkit will also be regularly updated with input from users, industry experts, and public and private partners across the globe.

“I applaud the deployment of a cyber toolkit for small and medium businesses. This support is of critical importance to help smaller organizations effectively deal with increasingly complex and more frequent cyber threats,” said John Gilligan, president and CEO of the Center for Internet Security.

City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson said, “As the national lead force for fraud and a founding member of the Global Cyber Alliance, we are always pleased to see new initiatives that will assist businesses in improving their cyber security. Businesses lost £6.7 million as a result of social media and email accounts being compromised between April and September 2018. It’s therefore essential that we, as a force, continue to work closely with businesses as well as the organisations that serve to protect them.”

“When we launched the Global Cyber Alliance we set out to empower organizations of all sizes with the tools they need to prevent cybercrime. The Global Cyber Alliance’s free Cybersecurity Toolkit provides small- and medium-sized businesses with immediate, concrete steps to protect their companies and customers against crippling cyberattacks, and I thank each of the public and private partners who contributed their world-class expertise,” said Cyrus Vance, Jr., Manhattan District Attorney.

“NYCEDC is proud to partner with the Global Cyber Alliance on the Cybersecurity Toolkit to better educate small businesses about the risks of cyberattacks. Small businesses play a critical role in New York City’s economy and represent an underserved customer base for cyber education and technologies,” said Nicholas Lalla, project lead for Cyber NYC, at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

Cyber NYC is a $100 million public-private investment to build a vibrant and inclusive cybersecurity ecosystem.  On November 1, 2018, the NYCEDC launched their Cybersecurity Moonshot Challenge, asking the industry to develop and deliver affordable and scalable cybersecurity solutions for small businesses.  As part of their partnership with the Global Cyber Alliance, finalists will be considered for inclusion in the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit.  New York City will promote the free toolkit to New York City businesses through NYC Secure.

Managing Director of the Cyber Readiness Institute Kiersten Todt said, “The Cyber Readiness Institute is so pleased to support and collaborate with the Global Cyber Alliance on helping small businesses reduce their cyber risk.  Our approaches are complementary, and our partnership highlights the importance of integrating the multiple cybersecurity efforts that exist to ensure efficiency and effectiveness for small businesses.  I look forward to what our organizations will achieve together.”

The Global Cyber Alliance will expand the Cybersecurity Toolkit to help other sectors address the changing cyber threat landscape. Additional launches are planned this year with support from the District Attorney of New York, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Corporation of London, Center for Internet Security and others.

To access the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit, visit https://gcatoolkit.org/smallbusiness.

To read more about what our partners and small businesses are saying about the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit, visit our blog.

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About the Global Cyber Alliance

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to eradicating cyber risk and improving our connected world. We achieve our mission by uniting global communities, implementing concrete solutions, and measuring the effect.  Learn more at www.globalcyberalliance.org.

 

About Mastercard Incorporated
Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. Our global payments processing network connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

 

 

[1] 2018 Verizon Data Breach Report

[2] OECD

London, UK – The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) welcomes Deloitte to its partner ranks. In November, Sir Robert Wainwright, Senior Partner for Deloitte’s Cyber practice in North West Europe, was appointed to the GCA board of directors. Prior to his role with Deloitte, Wainwright served as Executive Director of Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency which coordinates global operations against cyber, criminal and terrorist networks.

“The Global Cyber Alliance provides a valuable service in bringing like-mind organisations and communities together to address cyber security with solutions that are measurable and reduce risk,” said Wainwright. “Cybersecurity is not just the domain of enterprise organisations and governments. Cyber-crime is borderless and the threats affect all of us, from individuals, small business, large enterprises and governments. Deloitte is proud to be a partner with GCA and support its mission to eradicate cyber risk by making good cyber security more accessible to all.”

“Deloitte’s commitment to and expertise in cyber security is a welcome addition to the GCA partner roster. We look forward to working with Deloitte and the addition of Mr. Wainwright to the GCA board of directors,” said Philip Reitinger, GCA President and CEO.

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About Deloitte  

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About the Global Cyber Alliance

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to eradicating cyber risk and improving our connected world. We achieve our mission by uniting global communities, implementing concrete solutions, and measuring the effect.  Learn more at www.globalcyberalliance.org.

New York, November 15, 2018 – The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) announced today the appointment of Sir Robert Wainwright to its Board of Directors. Mr. Wainwright, a senior partner for Deloitte’s cyber practice in Northwest Europe, was voted onto the board during the GCA’s quarterly Board meeting.

Mr. Wainwright has been instrumental in implementing policies and programs that increase the resilience of government and business sectors to dynamic cybersecurity threats. As the former Executive Director of Europol for nearly a decade, he transformed the agency into a world-class security institution that connects more than 1,200 law enforcement agencies and supports over 60,000 cross-border investigations of organized crime, terrorism and cybercrime each year. He pioneered the use of data and technology to drive a better response across Europe to cybercrime, terrorism and other major threats.

Mr. Wainwright holds a number of distinctions, including serving as a member of the European Council of Foreign Relations and as a Board Member with the Centre for Cybersecurity at the World Economic Forum. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG) by HM The Queen in June 2018. He earned a Bachelor of Science (BSc), International Relations and Affairs, from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

“It’s an honor to be a part of the GCA Board and contribute to the organization’s commendable mission,” said Wainwright. “Cybersecurity threats continue to affect each of us, at every level, and the only way we can successfully protect ourselves is through collaboration and positive, measurable action. I support GCA’s commitment to these principles and am happy to play a role in GCA’s global efforts.”

City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson said, “I’m pleased to have Mr. Wainwright join the GCA Board. He understands the global challenges we face and has been a leader in the fight against cybercrime across Europe. His tremendous expertise and commitment to the greater good will no doubt contribute significantly to GCA’s success in improving the security of our connected world.”

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said,  “Mr. Wainwright has spent his entire career combatting organized crime and terrorism, and is highly respected among law enforcement leaders around the globe for his thoughtful and deeply collaborative approach. I am honored to be working with Rob again. His participation on our Board will significantly enhance the success of GCA’s global mission.”

Center for Internet Security CEO John Gilligan said, “Mr. Wainwright is an excellent addition to the GCA Board. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in addressing cybersecurity threats across the public and private sectors. His commitment to action aligns well with that of GCA. We look forward to his contributions as we continue our global efforts.”

GCA Board Chairman Scott Charney said, “I welcome Mr. Wainwright to our distinguished Board. He brings decades of experience fighting cybercrime and has a well-earned reputation as a cybersecurity leader. We thank him for his willingness to serve and look forward to his insights, enthusiasm and dedication to GCA’s global mission of eradicating cyber risk.”

GCA President and CEO Philip Reitinger said, “Mr. Wainwright has an impressive track record in addressing cybersecurity challenges and bringing communities together. He embodies the spirit of collaboration and innovation that are at the core of GCA’s mission, and his participation on our Board will prove to be invaluable as GCA continues to grow in Europe and around the world.” 

About Global Cyber Alliance

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to eradicating cyber risk and improving our connected world. We achieve our mission by uniting global communities, implementing concrete solutions, and measuring the effect.  Learn more at www.globalcyberalliance.org

 

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Phil Reitinger in Founders' Video

As part of our third anniversary, we asked our Founders and leadership team to speak about why it was so important to establish the Global Cyber Alliance and how we can make a difference. Please listen in!

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