Cybersecurity for Small Business

The Wyoming SBDC Network received a two-year award from the U.S. Small Business Administration to pilot cybersecurity programs and resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses across the state. 

ENTER TO WIN THE CYBER READINESS CHALLENGE

May 21 – June 30

The Cyber Readiness Institute provides a
no-cost, self-paced online training program that will help you become more cyber-aware.

Complete the approximately two-hour program to enter a random drawing for a new iPad or one of two $50 gift certificates to the Brown and Gold store.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a resident of Wyoming to be eligible for prizes.
  • Must be a current SBDC client with a completed eRFC (Not a client? Visit wyomingsbdc.org).
  • Must be an active entrepreneur or small business owner.
  • Must complete the Cyber Readiness Program online course by June 30 and email your completion certificate to pjohns45@uwyo.edu with the subject header “Cyber Ready.” Include your full name and address in the body of the email.
  • Wyoming SBDC staff or its contractors are not eligible.
  • Completion certificates must be received by midnight Sunday, June 30. Winners will be notified by 5:00 PM Monday, July 1.

Don’t Be Scared: Be Prepared

An online scam or attack can shut down your business, lose you customers, and damage your reputation forever. The number two challenge small businesses identify after access to capital is the threat of cyber attacks.  No business is too small to be a target for hackers and scammers, and there are very simple steps you can take to make your online activities safer and more secure.

Over 90% of cyber attacks are due to human activity.  Someone opens a phishing email, people use the same password across multiple accounts, or somebody plugs a compromised USB drive into their computer.  Those are common ways hackers can cripple your technology and shut down your business.

Most safeguards against cyber attacks cost little or no money.  The solutions often come down to simply adopting better behaviors.  The Wyoming SBDC offers no-cost assistance and training to help your business be safer online.  In addition to training opportunities, we can provide you with access to a cybersecurity advisor and software tools to better protect your business.

Benefits of Wyoming SBDC Cybersecurity for Small Business Program

No-cost assistance provided by this program ranges from brief training opportunities to a long-term engagement with a cybersecurity advisor (up to a $3,500 value). Depending on the needs of your business, services will consist of a portion or all of the following:

  • – Learn how to spot a phishing attempt or other email scams
  • – Learn the steps to take if your computer is attacked
  • – Train employees to practice safer online behaviors to prevent attacks
  • – Understand the importance of software updates and data backups
  • – Write policies to address cyber hygiene and develop a schedule to         keep those policies current
  • – Inventory your data needs and identify vulnerabilities
  • – Access to premium password protection and antivirus software

Apply For The Program Today

Click the button below to apply or email our program manager, Paul Johnson at pjohns45@uwyo.edu to learn more.

Please note that all information included in this application remains confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of our organization.

Meet Our Cybersecurity Team

Paul Johnson

Cybersecurity Program Manager
pjohns45@uwyo.edu
307.314.5208

Jim Drever

Cybersecurity Expert and Business Advisor
james@uwyo.edu
307.766.3505

Get Started Today

Contact your local small business advisor today for no-cost, confidential assistance

Accessibility Information


All Wyoming SBDC Network programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Language assistance services for clients with limited English proficiency will be provided. Contact: Jill Kline at (307) 766-3405 or [email protected]
Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


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