The City of Carlsbad invites local small businesses to participate in a new Carlsbad Cybersecurity-Awareness Program. The City is partnering with the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE) to offer several no-cost benefits. Carlsbad-based small business owners can:

* Understand your business's current online exposure and risk assessment via a report from RiskRecon, a MasterCard company
* Access training resources to help your employees become more cyber-aware, using ESET North America's proprietary platform

To be eligible, businesses must have fewer than 100 employees and be operating in the City of Carlsbad. To participate, please fill out the application below.

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* 1. Name of company

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* 2. Number of employees

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* 3. City Carlsbad Business License Number, if known (allows for faster verification)

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* 4. Company website/URL

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* 5. Secondary company website/URL if applicable

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* 6. Number of employees to train on cybersecurity-awareness

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* 7. Primary Contact Information - Senior Level/Executive (The person within the company that is authorized to approve the program terms)

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* 8. Primary Contact Information - IT admin/HR (The person within the company that is best suited to administer the training for employees)

Program Options

Cybersecurity Employee Awareness Training
ESET will offer free 90-day subscriptions to their premium cybersecurity awareness training for employees. The training will be accessible to all employees of the cohort companies – online and on demand. It focuses on phishing, social engineering, compromised passwords and weak network security that can expose a business to hackers. Employers can monitor employee completions and institute company-wide tests to ensure continued cyber hygiene. ESET will offer a discounted renewal for cohort companies that would like to continue the subscription beyond the complimentary period.

Cyber Risk Scan Snapshots
Mastercard RiskRecon will provide cyber letter grades and reports to cohort participants at the inception of the pilot and at a milestone during the program. These grades and reports highlight the company’s public cyber profile including cyber hygiene and potential vulnerabilities based on prevalence and severity. Mastercard RiskRecon sources only public data in the assessment of the grades and reports similar to a financial credit score, requiring no private or proprietary information from the participants. Cohort companies can utilize the information to gain a wholistic understanding of their internet risk surface and related exposure, third party risk assessments and performance benchmarked against peers and competitors. Mastercard RiskRecon will offer a discounted renewal for companies that would like to continue the subscription beyond the complimentary period.

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* 9. I wish to sign-up for these cybersecurity-awareness offerings:

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* 10. Notice about the program

This program is provided at no charge for Carlsbad businesses with fewer than 100 employees, and is for educational purposes only.

Creating better cyber-awareness for businesses is not guaranteed to protect a business from cyber-attacks or data breaches. Therefore, there is no guarantee that participating in the program will diminish my company's chances of a cyber-attack or data breach or make me/my company better protected against a cyber-attack or data breach. In consideration for being allowed to participate in the program, I release from liability and waive my right to sue the City of Carlsbad, San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence, and their officers, employees, agents, volunteers, and affiliated entities from any and all claims, including claims of negligence, resulting in any injury, including any economic loss, arising from my participation in the program.

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* 11. Please type name of individual agreeing with program terms

Now help us understand a bit more about your business and cybersecurity interest

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* 12. What is the main reason you have interest in this program?

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* 13. What is the primary purpose of your public facing website?

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* 14. Do you have a cybersecurity person or consultant?

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* 15. Do you use anti-virus software in use at your business?

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* 16. Do you conduct e-commerce?

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* 17. Do you have e-commerce sales or payment processing currently as part of your business?

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* 18. How comfortable do you feel about online sales for your business?

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