The NH SBDC and NH Tech Alliance have partnered to provide free Cybersecurity Reviews to businesses with up to 500 employees.
All businesses have critical confidential information they need to protect relative to operations, intellectual property, strategic planning, customer and employee records, and/or financial information. Unfortunately, many small businesses discount the importance of protecting this data, resulting in 43% of cyber attacks being aimed at small businesses, with only 14% prepared to defend themselves, according to the Accenture’s Cost of Cybercrime Study.
The SBDC/NHTA Cybersecurity Reviews program offers small businesses individualized cybersecurity reviews, education, and a high level cyber risk assessment with a cybersecurity expert. A business will meet with an expert to discuss their cybersecurity maturity and needs, and receive a customized evaluation with actionable and achievable steps they can take to start protecting their business immediately.
Here's how it works:
- Fill out the Cybersecurity Review application
- Receive access to educational videos
- Review what you need to prepare for your one-on-one meeting with a cybersecurity expert
- Meet with the cybersecurity expert and receive simple, easy to follow action steps to protect your business
- Cyber Review participants must be an NH SBDC client.
- If you are already an SBDC client, meet with your advisor to discuss your cybersecurity goals
- If you are not a client, complete SBDC's Request for Advising. You will be matched with an SBDC business advisor, and will need to have at least one session with your advisor to discuss your cybersecurity goals
- Eligible clients will receive up to three hours of consulting time with a cybersecurity expert.
- An initial meeting to discuss your company’s cybersecurity policies
- The consultant will write a report and action plan
- A follow up meeting for the consultant to present the report and action plan.
This is a limited opportunity. Once the program is full applications will no longer be accepted!
This entire program is provided at no cost for businesses thanks to the support of the NH Small Business Development Center, the NH Tech Alliance, and funding provided by the CARES Act.
About the experts
The cybersecurity experts are here to breakdown the complexity of cybersecurity to easy, actionable steps to help you protect your business. The participating cybersecurity experts are:
Christina Stokes, Vice President of Operations, Salt Cybersecurity
Christina holds an M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and an MBA. Christina has worked in the tech space for several years and is passionate about helping SMB’s develop and improve their cybersecurity programs. She writes online about cybersecurity topics including policy, compliance, tech, and cyber safety awareness. She also volunteers with groups such as Women in Cybersecurity (WiCys) and the Center for Humane Technology.
Craig Taylor, Co-Founder, Cyberhoot
Craig Taylor is CISSP certified (since 2001) and a 25-year veteran of Cybersecurity. In 2014 he co-founded a Security Awareness Training (SAT) company Cyberhoot to help SMB’s and MSPs become more cybersecurity aware and thus more cyber-secure. During his career, Craig has led cybersecurity organizations in Web Hosting (CSC), Finance (JP Morgan Chase), and manufacturing (Vistaprint). Additionally, Craig has overseen cybersecurity staff members delivering virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) services to companies of all sizes (SMB’s to Enterprises). In his spare time Craig enjoys Hockey, Mountain Biking, and Rotary.
Raf Boquetti has over 15 years of cybersecurity responsibilities including end-to-end architecture, implementation, maintenance, leadership, and service delivery including Endpoint Protection, Network Security, Identity and Access Management, as well as many other cybersecurity technologies. During his cybersecurity career, Raf has worked at Computer Sciences Corporation supporting several Fortune 500 businesses, and more recently, Deloitte, Touche, and Tohmatsu Limited supporting their network of member firms as their Intrusion Detection & Prevention Service Manager. Raf has joined CyberHoot as one of our virtual Chief Information Security Officers and is excited to share his knowledge, diligence, and expertise assisting and protecting CyberHoot's vCISO clients
Ty Mezquita is a cybersecurity professional with 3+ years of cybersecurity experience at CyberHoot following his graduation from a post-secondary degree in criminology. At CyberHoot, Ty has worked with multiple clients in the vCISO role, helping them become more aware and more secure. He has experience performing risk assessments, policy creation, performing phish testing, as well as setting up and delivering security awareness training. Finally, and importantly, Ty has authored more than 1000 cybersecurity terms, blog articles, and newsletters for CyberHoot, learning a great deal in the process.