Many Small Businesses that are Hacked Never Recover

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We are leading efforts to help businesses safeguard themselves against cyber and data breach threats

Small businesses are under cyber and data-breach attacks by nation-states, as well as organized and disorganized criminals, who are stealing intellectual capital, personal and business information, and creating havoc in business environments. Americas SBDC and local Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are providing small businesses with some simple awareness information and a path forward to a more in-depth assessment of their online security. 

Americas SBDC Cyber and Data Protection Lead, Charlie Tupitza to speak with

California Cybersecurity Risk Chairman Mr Brian Olson

June 12, Details Soon.

DoD CISO, Jack Wilmer, on a panel about the CMMC

June 16, Details Here

Operation North Star

Americas SBDC is leading efforts to promote the use of a collection of publicly available standards and frameworks embodied in what is called the CMMC for all businesses as our North Star.

Why is this important?  Basic cyber and data protection revolves around the simple concept of CIA (Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability). Information needs to be held Confidential. The information needs to have Integrity.  if someone breaks in and alters the data it can be a big problem, we can’t count on it. Information needs to be Available for use. If the information is kept from us by ransomware, or our computers are slowed down by a cyber attack to the point that we can not get information in time we are in trouble.

Without direction, we can be doing great things but be lost. The CMMC provides the foundation for WHAT we need to do to protect information.  There are many ways to accomplish HOW to do it. This North Star (CMMC) gives us the opportunity to share good practices and measure effectiveness.

Information about Basic Cyber for All Businesses can be found HERE  in simple language. All the other awareness information maps directly to level one and higher levels. 

Simple Guidance

For your Employees


Simple videos for your Employees


For more information, contact Charlie Tupitza
or call (202) 839-5563

Awareness & Preparation

By Business Type

Additional Resources

By Business Type

Home Office Security

Including Home Office Help for Children

Events Calendar

Training and Informational Events

Laws State & Federal

Including: Data Breach Reporting Responsibilities by State

COVID-19 Small Business Resources

Keep Calm and Small Business On

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Charles “Tee” Rowe – President/CEO of Americas Small Business Development Centers

“America’s small businesses benefit from utilizing consistent standard based approaches to enhance their cyber security knowledge. This cannot be overstated. Businesses are safer, our nation more secure, and our economy stronger when efforts are coordinated to inform and train them.”

Charlie TupitzaCharlie Tupitza, Cybersecurity and Data Protection Lead, America’s SBDC

“There are great business values associated with using the CMMC. It provides a common “what” for companies to take advantage of, so best practices and lessons learned can be readily shared across the entire small business community. Product and service organizations, as well as internal resources, will be better able to communicate “how” to align support. Since it was our Department of Defense pulling publicly available standards together to develop the CMMC, it makes it easy to rationalize using it.”


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America’s SBDC is the association that represents America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).

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