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Cyber Essentials
By Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency - June 3, 2020
Your success depends on cyber readiness. Both depend on you.

CISA’s Cyber Essentials is a guide for leaders of small businesses as well as leaders of small and local government agencies to develop an actionable understanding of where to start implementing organizational cybersecurity practices. For a deeper look and greater insight, check out the Cyber Essentials Toolkits, a set of modules designed to break down the CISA Cyber Essentials into bite-sized actions for IT and C-suite leadership to work toward full implementation of each Cyber Essential.

Consistent with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and other standards, the Cyber Essentials are the starting point to cyber readiness.

Reducing an organization’s cyber risk requires a holistic approach, similar to that taken to address other operational risks. As with other risks, cyber risks can threaten:

  • Your ability to operate or access critical information
  • Your reputation and the trust of your customers and constituents
  • Your bottom line
  • Your organization's survival

Managing cyber risks requires building a Culture of Cyber Readiness. The Culture of Cyber Readiness has six Essential Elements: Yourself, Your Staff, Your Systems, Your Surroundings, Your Data, Your Actions Under Stress, and Booting Up: Things to Do First.

To learn more about how you can drive cybersecurity strategy, explore the Cyber Essentials Toolkits

Original release date: October 30, 2019 | Last revised: May 29, 2020

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