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CyberReady®

To ensure your company and supply chain are prepared.

In 2022, the FBI received 800,000 cybercrime complaints, causing over $10 billion in losses, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. NIST Cybersecurity and Privacy program underscores the necessity of ensuring the integrity, security, quality, and resilience of the supply chain to mitigate cyber risks. The U.S. continues to see a rise in cyber-attacks which amplifies the call for heightened responsibility, mandated federal actions, and increased pressure on the entire U.S. supply chain to improve its cyber readiness. 

To address this national issue of cyber readiness individuals from academia, industry, and government joined together to establish the framework of the CyberReady® program.  The program is available to businesses, government, and large corporations. It serves as a proactive solution to upskill a workforce, train external partners, access suppliers, and offer a pathway to remediation for your most critical supply chain members.

Protect your business. Protect your clients.

The U.S. government and corporations now mandate their partners adhere to a certain set of protocols ensuring their cybersecurity. 

CyberReady® designation is recognized as a foundational preparation for various cyber assessment tools, including the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), the Department of Energy’s Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (C2M2) program, the finance sector’s Sarbanes-Oxley controls, the NIST framework, and others. 

Self-Paced | Rolling Enrollment for Individuals and Groups

6 - Sessions

Virtual & Self-Paced

Virtual Cyber Summit

Instructor-Led Module Discussion

Benefits of the CyberReady® Program

  • Courses led by DoD experts with hands-on engagement
  • Learn from industry experts representing top sectors
  • Curriculum covers (17) cyber practices aligned with CMMC
  • Obtain a cybersecurity gap assessment and pathway to remediation
  • Earn a CyberReady® designation that is nationally recognized
  • Align your cyber readiness with DoD guidelines
  • Build opportunities for federal and state contracts

Badges Available

The CyberReady® Certificate of Completion badge signifies that all CyberReady® modules have been completed. The earner will have a working knowledge of cyber hygiene and cyber readiness for promoting a safe work environment. Additionally, the earner can define the (17) cybersecurity practices standard in the federal and corporate guidelines. This earner knows how to plan a company-wide System Support Program (SSP).

The CyberReady® Designation badge is recognized by corporations, government, and state agencies as entry-level cyber readiness allowing the earner company to self-attest to CMMC Level 1 as well as meeting many corporate and government cyber obligations.

Program Success

“No matter where you are doing business, it is clear that a strong cybersecurity backbone is vital. And that is why NMSDC is taking the lead on a national scale to support MBEs in building capacity in cybersecurity with the CyberReadyMBE® certification program. This program, the first of its kind, will enable MBEs to be the solution providers to the national issues of cybercrimes happening across the nation and the globe.”

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Ying McGuire, President and CEO of NMSDC

 “CyberReadyMBE® walked me through the process of implementing critical controls for my business, like multi-factor authentication, and hiring a dedicated information security manager. The experts addressed the three pillars of cyber protection: people, process and technology. Because of this training, we can expand our services and even find our way into federal contracting.”

– Balaji Rengamannar, A1PlusSoft 

“What better security model can you implement than something that the government wants? Because we committed to the CyberReadyMBE® program, we are now in the middle of doing one of the largest contracts that our company has ever done and probably will ever do. For a minority company to have access to a program like the CyberReadyMBE® program, to get ready to be at a level where you can deal with the government, be part of their supply chain is the greatest gift. I recommend all MBEs to become cyber ready and this program will lead them on a pathway to close their gaps and onto future contracting opportunities.”

– Miguel Villarreal, President, and CEO Villa Tech

February 21, 2023: Cyber Summit
  • – Hear from experts from industry, academia, and federal and state supporters on initiatives across the nation.
  • – Learn how critical it is for MBEs to play a role in the nation’s goal to create a safer, stronger, and cyber-ready supply chain.
  • – Learn from corporations and government on the need for MBEs to be cyber ready and what is required.
March 14, 2023: Fundamentals of Cybersecurity Readiness
  • – Learn what it takes to be compliant with federal and corporate standards.
  • – Identify your unique risks and gaps in compliance.
  • – Create an action plan for achieving compliance.
March 28, 2023: Workforce Capabilities and Readiness
  • – Determine your unique workforce needs.
  • – Identify your gaps in workplace roles and how to address them.
  • – Learn about the roles and responsibilities needed for a cyber-ready workplace.
April 11, 2023: Doing Business with Government and Corporations
  • – Learn how the CyberReadyMBE® designation aligns with government and corporate standards.
  • – Understand the process of doing business with federal and corporate members.
  • – Corporate representatives will attend the session to recruit new MBEs.
April 25, 2023: Matchmaking and Leveraging Resources
  • – Learn how to leverage your new CyberReadyMBE® designation to increase business potential and cultivate new relationships.
  • – Corporate sponsors and supporters will attend this session and virtual recruitment fair.

The solution needs help from all sides:

MBEs

Learn about cyber threats | Earn designation | Land new business | Protect yourself

Corporate and Government

Diversify your supplier network | Participate in strengthening the national supply chain.
| Support corporate diversity and inclusion efforts