March 2019: The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) is thrilled to announce its support of the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI), a non-profit organization that helps small and medium-sized businesses improve their cyber readiness in order to secure global value chains.

ICIT is joining a global network of “Cyber Readiness Champions” that help to raise awareness about the importance of cyber readiness for small businesses and distribute CRI’s free tools and resources.

CRI offers the Cyber Readiness Program, an easy-to-use, self-guided plan that SMBs can use to train their personnel to manage four top cyber issues, notably phishing, patching, authentication and passphrases, and the use of removable media.

“We are excited to have ICIT become a CRI Champion. ICIT understands the role SMBs play as value chain partners in support of critical infrastructure,” said Kiersten Todt, Managing Director of the Cyber Readiness Institute. “We look forward to working with ICIT and sharing with our members the organization’s analysis and understanding of important cybersecurity issues for SMBs.”

In addition to distributing the Cyber Readiness Program to its members, ICIT will share with CRI members research that is relevant to the SMB community.

“The SMB community is often overlooked when it comes to cybersecurity so we jumped at the opportunity to become a Champion and share the Cyber Readiness Program across our community,” said Parham Eftekhari, Executive Director of ICIT. “We are excited to play a role in supporting this outstanding organization and encourage others to help spread the word about the valuable resources offered by CRI.”

About:  ICIT is a 501(c)3 non-partisan cybersecurity think tank with a mission to cultivate a cybersecurity renaissance that will improve the resiliency of our Nation’s critical infrastructure sectors, defend our democratic institutions, and empower generations of cybersecurity leaders. Our freely available research, Fellows, and educational events offer a trusted source of objective learning for public and private sector policymakers, technology and cybersecurity leaders, and business executives.  Together, we can defend today’s vulnerabilities while changing cultures for a more secure future.