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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.

The GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business landed a spot in the Spring 2019 Issue of Cybersecurity Quarterly, the official digital publication from CIS.

GCA’s Global Communications Officer, Aimée Larsen Kirkpatrick, wrote a piece about the toolkit in which she discusses the cyber threats small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face as well as what the toolkit is and how it works to protect SMBs.

Click on the picture below to read the full quarterly, and scroll to pages 18-19 to find Aimée’s article.

Cybersecurity Quarterly

Curtis Franklin, Jr. at Dark Reading refers to the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit as a “cookbook” for small and mid-sized businesses to better protect themselves against cyber attacks.

“It’s no secret that small businesses are prone to the same cyber attacks as larger organizations. The only difference is that small businesses lack the resources to protect themselves against these attacks. This is where the Toolkit will come in handy for small to mid-sized businesses as it will be their cyber “cookbook” to gather the right resources they may need for protection.”

To read more of Curtis Franklin, Jr.’s article on the GCA toolkit, please click here.