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eMacomb - Featured Article, Winter 2016

SBDC initiative to boost cybersecurity for small businesses


The first step to determine cybersecurity vulnerability  is to take a free online assessment. This is meant to be educational and will also result in a risk assessment report. From there, you can choose which resources best meet your needs, including trainings, webinars, best practices or industry articles on small business cybersecurity.


“The ultimate goal is to arm small businesses with information, an assessment of their awareness and an action plan,” said Keith Brophy, the center’s director, in a press release. “The assessment tool is the starting point, but we’re hopeful that our webinars, in-person training and action plans will help protect Michigan small businesses against cyberattacks.”

Developed by the SBDC, this initiative is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Grand Rapids-based Trivalent Group serves as the lead content producer for the assessment tool.

To learn more about the initiative, training sessions and to take the free assessment, visit


Related links:

12/05/15 - Michigan website aims to reduce cyber attacks on small businesses - MLive

12/04/15 - Cyber Security Initiative Aims to Support Michigan Small Businesses - DBusiness

12/04/15 - MI-SBDC Offers Small Business Cyber Threat Risk Assessment Tool – MI Tech News

12/04/15 - Michigan small-business group offers Web tool for businesses to assess cyberthreats – Crain’s Detroit Business