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“In cyberspace, the bad guys have the upper hand: speed, anonymity, and leverage – essentially unbounded by space and time.”


Phil Reitinger, President & CEO of GCA, and Tony Sager, Senior Vice President & Chief Evangelist of CIS, published The State of the Operational Ecosystem. Their piece touched on the cybersecurity ecosystem and explained the risks some individuals and companies still face. “Our people are chasing their robots” as Rich Struse, Chief Strategist for Cyber Threat Intelligence at MITRE, described it.

Reitinger and Sager explain that a majority of our defenses are “pinned down” by huge problems such as:

  • Poorly engineered software
  • Missing patches
  • Unenforceable policies
  • Poor configuration choices
  • Inconsistent and sometimes conflicting security controls.

To read the full article, please click on the picture below.

The State of the Operational Ecosystem

Now Available: Small and Midsize Business Cybersecurity Survey


An industry-government partnership is conducting a survey on cybersecurity issues in the small and midsized business (SMB) community and would most welcome your organization’s participation.

The survey focuses on companies’ awareness and use of the Cybersecurity Framework (Framework), which was led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is conducting this research to inform development of cybersecurity information to support SMBs.

The voluntary survey addresses companies’ familiarity with the Framework, their perceptions regarding potential barriers to using the Framework, their concerns related to cybersecurity, as well as how those concerns rank relative to other business priorities. It also seeks companies’ suggestions for strengthening the overall cybersecurity posture of SMBs.

The survey data will be collected and anonymized by ACT: The App Association. No confidential or identifiable data will be published or shared with DHS in any capacity. The survey is open for the entire SMB community to participate.

To access the survey, please click here or visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXBCNQH. The survey should only take 30 minutes. Questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required. You can only take the survey once, but you can edit your responses until the survey is closed on November 11th .

If you have any questions about the survey, please email the industry chair, Mr. Brian Scarpelli at BScarpelli@actonline.org.

Providence Business News (PBN) sat down with Tech Collective Executive Director, Joe Devine, in which they spoke about GCA‘s Small Business Workshop. The team is heading to Rhode Island and will work with small business owners to help reduce the impact from the cyber security risks they face every day.

The workshop will be held October 16th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Tech Collective. GCA’s Small Business Workshop is allowing 75 attendees to join, so sign up today to claim your spot!

To read Joe Devine’s full interview, please click here.

To register for the event, please click on the picture below.

GCA's Small Business Workshop Registration.

Financial institutions and insurance companies are gradually moving their cyber-risk focus from reaction to active influence.


Alejandro Fernández-Cernuda Díaz wrote, A Subtle Security Revolution, in which he explains the path financial and insurance companies are taking regarding cyber security. Both industries have come a long way and continue to change their strategies when new challenges arise.

Please click here to read Alejandro’s full article published by The European.

The author, Alejandro Fernández-Cernuda Díaz, is the Director of Communications and Marketing at the Global Cyber Alliance. You can follow Alejandro on Twitter @CyberDiplo or connect with him on LinkedIn

58% of cybercrime targets small businesses…don’t be the next statistic!


Join us for an in-person workshop where you will learn how to better protect your small business from cyber criminals! Click on the picture below to register and read all the details.

GCA's In-Person Work for Small Businesses

58% of cybercrime targets small businesses…don’t be the next statistic!


Join us for an in-person workshop where you will learn how to better protect your small business from cyber criminals! Click on the picture below to register and read all the details.

GCA Small Business Workshop in the United Kingdom