e-Management CEO Offers NIST Cybersecurity Framework Advice to Small- and Medium-sized Businesses
Silver Spring, MD – August 7, 2015 – e-Management announces the release of Every Small Business Should Use the NIST Cybersecurity Framework by the company’s Founder & CEO Ola Sage. The white paper outlines five important points every small and medium-sized business (SMB) should take away from the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). According to Ms. Sage, the NIST Framework “helps SMBs focus and prioritize important cyber-related investment decisions” and “can help reduce legal risk.” Read the complete report at the CyberRx website.
“I’ve been a long-time advocate for small business cybersecurity and risk management,” explains Ms. Sage. “As I’ve traveled around the country meeting and talking with CEOs and small business groups, I’ve found the NIST Cybersecurity Framework gives small businesses a straightforward and practical way to organize how they think about cybersecurity risks. My hope is that this white paper will be another tool to help SMBs as they think about their cybersecurity readiness and the best path forward for them.”
The whitepaper cites a survey from Symantec that suggests SMBs are prime targets for cyber-attacks. The same report reveals one in two small business organizations with 250 employees or fewer were targeted in 2014, even though “77 percent of SMBs feel they are safe from a cybersecurity breach,” according to a National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) sampling of small business.
Ms. Sage asserts in the white paper that NIST “can help SMBs become more knowledgeable about their organization’s cybersecurity threats and risks.” Another benefit of NIST Framework adoption is that SMBs can show “evidence of their organization’s good faith efforts to manage cybersecurity risks and implement reasonable security measures,” which could lead to a reduction in insurance costs specific to cybersecurity.
In addition to being chief executive at e-Management, Ms. Sage currently serves as the elected vice chair of the Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council (IT SCC). The IT SCC comprises the nation’s top IT companies, professional services firms, and trade associations, works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to address strategies for mitigating cybersecurity threats and risks to our nation’s critical infrastructure.
e-Management is an award-winning cybersecurity and IT services firm named as the 2015 IT Company of the Year for Montgomery County, Maryland. The company’s expertise and experience is backed by a successful 15-year record of keeping their clients prepared and secure. A CMMI® Maturity Level 3 rated company, e-Management’s software innovations include CyberRx for cybersecurity readiness and eGov Risk Portfolio Manager for enterprise risk management. For more information about e-Management, visit www.e-mcinc.com.