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The nation’s supply chain is at risk.
Cybersecurity readiness and a lack of diversity are part of the problem.

Be part of the solution.

Get your CyberReadyMBE® Designation.
The U.S. government and corporations now mandate its partners to adhere to a certain set of protocols ensuring their cybersecurity. The National Minority Supplier Development Council and its corporate sponsors are partnering with Industry Workforce Solutions to bring CyberReadyMBE®, a critical infrastructure training, to the council’s 15,000+ certified minority business enterprises (MBEs)

The NMSDC and its corporate members recognize the CyberReadyMBE® designation as basic cyber hygiene as well as foundational preparation for the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Model Certification (CMMC) program.

By participating, Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) will join a select group of CyberReady® companies positioned to gain new business in an increasingly cyber-regulated marketplace.

5 - Week

(Virtual) Program

Cyber Summit:

February 21, 2023


MODULES: March 14
March 28 April 11 April 25

To make this program available to all certified MBEs nationwide, there will be a total of four opportunities to take the CyberReadyMBE® course over the next year. Check with your local affiliate and the NMSDC office for the upcoming dates.

Program fees for certified MBEs are provided by the corporate sponsors. The Cyber Gap Assessment fees will be paid for by MBE (nominal fee of $1,000).

MBEs own 30 percent of U.S. businesses, employ 7.2 million workers, and generate over $1 trillion per year in revenue.
Making sure MBEs play a role in the nation’s efforts to protect data and intellectual property is essential.

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:


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

Register for the CyberReadyMBE® designation

CyberReadyMBE® is brought to certified MBEs by Industry Workforce Solutions with support from Bank of America, GE Foundation, and Truist.