Many small business owners are unaware how vulnerable they are to a cyber attack. Often smaller companies believe that they are just too inconsequential to be a target, or they’re under the assumption they don’t have anything of value that cyber criminals would desire.
Sadly these misconceptions, mainly a simple lack of cybersecurity education, result in many companies going under after only one attack.
Why The National Cybersecurity Society you ask? The financial loss can be too great for the average business to survive. Dan Shapero and founder of IT company ClikCloud, who also testified at the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology stated that the average cost of a data breach is $6.75 million total and $214 per compromised customer record. However these are only remediation costs, not including the additional reputation damage, lawsuits and loss of business that will occur. The NCSS was created to help educate and inform small businesses (employees and owners), so they can properly protect themselves from cyber criminals. We are a community of technologists; security professionals, educators and vendors who are passionate about ensuring each American’s ability to conduct business on-line safely and securely.
We are a non-profit organization, utilizing donations from corporations, foundations and philanthropists to fund the tools and educational materials necessary to provide small businesses what they need to conduct businesses online safely and securely. We will help the small businesses understand their risk and give them the insights needed to improve their business practices, and IT infrastructure. We are committed to the small business community and recognize that these entrepreneurs are spirit that fuels the US economy.