The National Cyber Security Society (NCSS)
Privacy Policy

 

Thank you for visiting the National Cybersecurity Society (NCSS)’s website. The website was created to make it easy to access information about cybersecurity best practices and to learn about threats affecting your business. The intent is to make it easy to learn about cybersecurity and to interact with the NCSS.

The mission of the NCSS is improve the online safety and security of the small business community through education, awareness and advocacy. Our goal is to enable and empower small businesses to access cybersecurity services, assist them in understanding their cyber risk and educate them on the type of protection they need.

This policy covers both: 1) personal information, which is information that can be identified to a particular individual because of a name, number, symbol, mark, or other indicator; and 2) non-personal information that does not identify a particular individual.

NCSS does not collect any personal information about you during your visit to this website unless you provide that information voluntarily such as: enrolling as a member; sending us an email; initiating an online transaction (such as enrolling in a webinar or conference); or by providing a donation.

We assume when you provide personal information to us that you agree to its disclosure in connection with NCSS activities. If you do not want to have identifying information disclosed, we honor all requests to omit individual or organizational names from the website content management system. If a request is made, identifying information will not be disclosed by NCSS unless we are legally required to do so.

If you do not use this website to request services or information, you may receive information through other means (such as sharing your contact information with our team at conferences or workshops). Your ability to view or download public content on the website will not be affected. We provide both free and premium content. Premium content is provided to our members.

If you provide personal information to the NCSS, our employees who have access to this information are required to follow appropriate procedures in handling and disclosing your information. All personal information about you or your organization that we receive via fax or mail is physically protected.

In addition, NCSS has implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of its information assets, including but not limited to authentication, segmentation, data encryption, monitoring and auditing. These security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day operations of this website and content management system.

We do not sell or distribute email addresses or other personal information to others for their commercial use.

We also collect some information that is not considered to be personal information. The following non-personal information about your visit is automatically collected and stored:

  • The Internet Protocol (IP) address and domain name of your Internet service provider. The IP address is the numerical identifier assigned to your computer or Internet Service Provider. It is used to direct information to your computer over the Internet;
  • The URL (website address) of the website from which you linked to the site;
  • The dates and times you visited the site;
  • The webpages and services you accessed from this site;
  • Your responses to the CARES survey (if you chose to complete the survey);
  • The forms and products you download from the site.

We use non-personal information to find out how people use the website, to help us understand which types of information are of most use to our visitors; how to improve the website content, to assess system performance, and to identify problem areas. We use the aggregate CARES survey data to better understand the state of cybersecurity protections in the small business community and to advocate for change. We retain the information we collect for a period of 5 years then we destroy it.

Cookies

Cookies are text files stored by your web browser to record information about you or your activities on a website. Using cookies for this purpose is a common, generally accepted practice on the Internet. We may use temporary cookies to enhance, customize, or enable your visit to this website. Temporary cookies do not contain personal information that can be used to identify you, do not compromise your privacy or security and are erased when you close your browser.

Certain features on this website may be restricted to members. If you want to access this information or service, you will need become a member and obtain a user name and password. As a member, a persistent cookie will be stored on your computer’s hard drive. In this way, a persistent cookie allows us to recognize you on your next visit and tailor your user experience to your needs and interests.

If the program you use to access this site is set to refuse cookies or delete existing cookies, your ability to use some of the features on this website may be limited and if you are member, you will be required to login each time you visit the site and want to access premium services.

Information Obtained by Google Analytics

This website uses the Google Analytics web analysis service. Google Analytics stores a persistent cookie on your hard drive. The information in this cookie (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google and stored on Google servers. Google uses this information to anonymously analyze your use of the website, compile reports on your website activity for site administrators and provides other services related to your website activity and Internet usage. Google may transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law or where those third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

By using our website, you consent to Google’s processing of data about you.

Other Websites

Our website provides links to other websites maintained by other organizations. A link to another website does not constitute an explicit endorsement of the content, accuracy, policy or opinions presented at the other site. However, as a service to our members we have identified products and services that we believe are affordable and accessible to the small business community. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with the product or service that we list as a referral, please contact us at web@thencss.org

Once you navigate from our website to another website, you are subject to the terms and conditions of that site, including the provisions of its privacy policy and terms of use.

Links to NCSS Website

We welcome our partners to link to the NCSS website. Although we prefer you link to our homepage, you may create links to specific pages (subpages) within our website. Any individual or organization linking to the NCSS website must comply with all applicable laws and with the following conditions:

  • Unless NCSS specifically authorizes you to do so, you may not imply that NCSS endorses you, your organization, or your products. NCSS will endorse only those solution providers who have signed partnership agreements;
  • You may not misrepresent you, or your organization’s relationship with the NCSS;
  • You may not present false information about the NCSS;
  • You may not link to the NCSS website if you or your organization’s website contains content that could be construed as distasteful, malicious, offensive, or controversial, or is not appropriate for viewing by all age groups;
  • NCSS may change content on our site at any time, causing the links you create to become broken or incorrect;
  • NCSS is not responsible for misdirected links from external websites.

The information provided in this privacy policy cannot be interpreted as business, legal, or other advice, or as warranting fail-proof security for information provided through this website.

Information provided on this website is intended to allow the public access to information about the NCSS and to provide educational products for both the public and our members. While all attempts are made to provide accurate, current and reliable information, the NCSS cannot be held responsible for poor implementation of the recommendations. Moreover, there may be the possibility of human or mechanical error in the information listed.

Therefore, the NCSS makes no representations or promises to the accuracy, completeness, currency, or suitability of the information provided on this website and denies any express or implied warrant as to such information. This privacy policy is intended to detail how we collect both personal and nonpersonal data about site visits and the information provided does not create any contractual or other legal rights for or on behalf of any party.

This privacy policy applies only to the NCSS Website at https://nationalcybersecuritysociety.org and https://smallbizscorecard.nationalcybersecuritysociety.org/s/NCSScares