Free Cybersecurity Training for 7(j) Eligibles

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SBA Kansas City District Office

Valuable new training tool to help protect 7(j) eligible small businesses’ assets from cybersecurity threats

WASHINGTON –    The U.S. Small Business Administration announces its partnership with Synergy Solutions to launch a free, new comprehensive series of web-based cybersecurity training containing up to 10 modules to educate 7(j) eligible small businesses about cybersecurity and steps they can take to protect their company’s assets and intellectual property.  While the classes are free, they are first come, first serve and will accommodate no more than 50 participants at a time. To register, visit: 

The following individuals and businesses are automatically eligible to receive 7(j) training:

  • Small businesses that are owned and controlled by economically and socially disadvantaged individuals;
  • Small businesses located in areas of high unemployment or low income;
  • Small businesses owned by low-income individuals; and
  • Certified 8(a) participants or HUBZone small businesses; or economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses.

 Topics covered through this training initiative include but are not limited to:

  • malware, privacy;
  • secure passwords;
  • data breaches;
  • safe computing;
  • online scams;
  • mobile protection;
  • phishing;
  • government generated frameworks (NIST); and
  • cybersecurity pertaining to federal contractors.

 The entry level training classes cover basic cybersecurity awareness and current cyber risks to federal contractors and small businesses.  The intermediate level training classes include more advanced federal cybersecurity and information assurance requirements and policy compliance and assessment areas.  This training initiative also offers an assessment tool for use by all eligible participants that they can use to assess their company’s cybersecurity maturity.