Thu | Apr 18, 2024 | 11:15 AM PDT

The National Cybersecurity Alliance has launched Cybersecure My Business, a training program for non-technical owners and operators of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) on how to manage cyber risk in their business. 

As exemplified by the recent Change Healthcare attack, cyber incidents can threaten business owners' livelihood, their customers, and people who rely on their products and services.

"We need to work through supply chains to proactively engage SMBs on this topic, and we have designed Cybersecure My Business to be an approachable, impact-focused way of doing that," said Max McKenna, Director of Partnerships at the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA).

"Every day, small business operators manage a plethora of conventional business risks such as inventory, staffing, and finances; we want them to feel comfortable doing the same with cybersecurity. This program is taught using 'business language' to empower SMB operators to engage with IT, vendors, and customers from a place of knowledge."

The first initiative of the Cybersecure My Business program is aimed at automobile dealers.

"We're starting with car dealers because of new regulations that mean they need to take training," said Lisa Plaggemier, NCA Executive Director. "The course is all about translating cybersecurity for business owners and leaders so they can better manage it. Right now, there's a massive communication gap between the business owner and his or her IT and security folks, whether those are in-house or an MSP/MSSP."

According to Bradley Miller, Chief Regulatory Counsel, Digital Affairs and Privacy, at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA):

"Like all SMBs, auto dealers have a tremendous ongoing need for training and increased awareness regarding data security. The Cybersecure My Business program allows for personal interaction—both with an instructor and with peers—to really amplify the learning opportunities. NADA is making this resource available to our members because we believe it will provide real benefits for dealer personnel to help better protect their businesses and their customers."

Visit Cybersecure My Business for more information and to join the waitlist for the training program.