Secure Towns

A practical application of a shared Cybersecurity Maturity Model developed by the Department of Defense to protect confidential information.

Why was “Secure Towns” created?

  • 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, creating havoc in business environments..
  • Increase awareness of confidential and sensitive (critical) information, make the responsibility to protect it clear, and provide direction to take action.
  • To take advantage of Small Business Development Center advisors’ presence nationally and our ability to reach out locally to facilitate the sharing of effective practices and resources..
  • To facilitate the use of local, regional, and national resources to help.

What is North Star CMM and how does Secure Towns use it to facilitate continuity and direction?

  • A publicly available standard, fit for purpose, that can be adopted at a natural pace.
  • Provides clarity and continuity of direction to protect critical information.

North Star CMM represents information and direction found in the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Maturity Model (CMMC) to protect critical information. North Star CMM provides the answer to “what” business owners need to do to protect it. It does not prescribe a particular “how” to do it, so there is flexibility for each business type to take advantage of it.

Small businesses need clear direction to help them utilize their own capability and capacity at the natural pace for their business or business season. By using this common direction, internal and third parties can communicate value more clearly, share resources, and share practical methods to reduce costs and friction in communications.

The Secure Towns initiative provides training for businesses to protect this information using North Star CMM to accomplish this at no cost to the business owner.

Secure Towns provides all this in a community-based approach designed to help America’s cities and towns stay informationally secure in the new economy. 


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