CARLSBAD, California (KGTV) – More than two weeks after a cyberattack knocked down the Scripps Health network, some local cities are taking preventative measures to help protect their businesses.
As companies struggle to recover from the pandemic, the city of Carlsbad offers a free 90-day program to help protect them from cyberattacks.
“During this economic recovery, we know that many companies have gone online and we want to make sure they can operate with the same security that they do with their face-to-face operations,” said Matt Sanford, director of economic development.
On Tuesday, the city launched the program with a webinar featuring a presentation by two FBI cybersecurity agents along with private companies that will provide services during the program.
“We certainly know this is a frequent threat to any business. We’ve recently seen in the news with Scripps and the East Coast Pipeline that these attacks happen all the time,” Sanford said.
Carlsbad companies with less than 100 employees are eligible for the program.
“Our goal is to get companies to have some basic cyber hygiene and to understand and be aware of their threatening position,” Sanford said.
The program includes a Mastercard RiskRecon cyber assessment and employee training.
“Like a credit score, we provide a cyber score that tells us or gives you an idea of what your current cyber health is like,” said Miguel Sampo, global sales director at RiskRecon.
City leaders believe that cyber awareness impacts the entire community.
“We know that a safer, cyber business community is a more resilient business community, and as we begin to recover from this pandemic, we want to make sure we increase our resilience as much as possible,” Sanford said.
Companies wishing to participate can visit carlsbadca.gov/cybersecurityprogram or email the city at firstname.lastname@example.org.