Cyber

CISA Releases Cyber Essentials for Small Businesses and Governments

Release Date: November 6, 2019
Today, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released its Cyber Essentials, a starting point for small businesses and government agencies to understand and address cybersecurity risk as they do other risks. Developed in collaboration with small businesses and state and local governments, Cyber Essentials aims to equip smaller organizations that historically have not been a part of the national dialogue on cybersecurity with basic steps and resources to improve their cybersecurity.
Last Published Date: November 6, 2019

CISA Cyber Essentials

Your success depends on cyber readiness. Both depend on you.

CISA’s Cyber Essentials is a guide for leaders of small businesses as well as leaders of small and local government agencies to develop an actionable understanding of where to start implementing organizational cybersecurity practices. 

Consistent with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and other standards, the Cyber Essentials are the starting point to cyber readiness.

Cyber Essentials

Your success depends on cyber readiness. Both depend on you. CISA’s Cyber Essentials is a guide for leaders of small businesses as well as leaders of small and local government agencies to develop an actionable understanding of where to start implementing organizational cybersecurity practices.

Stakeholder Risk Assessment and Mitigation

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity Advisors (CSAs) offer assistance to help prepare and protect private sector entities and State, Local, Tribal and Territorial (SLTT) governments from cybersecurity threats. CSAs promote cybersecurity preparedness, risk mitigation, and incident response capabilities, working to engage stakeholders through partnership and direct assistance activities.

Cyber Education and Awareness

America needs well trained professionals working in cybersecurity roles. These professionals are critical in both private industry and the government for the security of individuals and the nation. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity workforce through standardizing roles and helping to ensure we have well-trained cybersecurity workers today as well as a strong pipeline of future cybersecurity leaders of tomorrow.

Partnership Engagement Branch

The Partnership and Engagement (P&E) branch of Stakeholder Engagement and Cyber Infrastructure Resilience (SECIR) serves as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) focal point for strategic and customer engagement with State, Local, Tribal and Territorial (SLTT) and private sector customers. P&E consists of three inter-dependent sections: Industry Engagement, SLTT Engagement, and the Customer Experience Management Office.

RBPS 8 - Cyber

RBPS 8 - Cyber is the performance standard that addresses the deterrence of cyber sabotage, including preventing unauthorized on-site or remote access to critical process controls, critical business systems, and other sensitive computerized systems.

Building the Cybersecurity Workforce

At the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), we fight against the world’s toughest cyber adversaries. They attack at the speed of light, rapidly changing their tactics -- and targets -- to exploit new vulnerabilities and new technology. We are constantly challenged to keep up with these adversaries and defend the safety and security of the American people – the highest stakes.