Apple has joined the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) as a co-chair. CRI is a non-profit initiative that convenes business leaders from across sectors and geographic regions “to share resources and knowledge that inform the development of free cybersecurity tools for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).”
Apple joins CRI to further its mission to help SMBs as critical components of global supply chains improve their cyber readiness and become more secure, says Christopher Caine, president of the Center for Global Enterprise, a co-founding member of CRI, in a press release.
“We are very excited to welcome Apple as a Co-Chair of the Cyber Readiness Institute,” he adds. “Apple’s commitment to raising the bar for cybersecurity across businesses of all sizes, as well as its global reach, will help CRI advance its content and scale its mission. We look forward to collaborating with Apple on developing innovative programs to improve the security of global supply chains by focusing on practical steps SMBs can take to be more cyber ready.”
As a co-chair, Apple will share best practices and experiences that inform the development of free cybersecurity tools and resources for SMBs. The tech giant will also support CRI’s content development and collaborate with CRI on programs that support the SMBs in Apple’s global supply chain.
In addition to its members, CRI’s Champion Network includes nearly 90 organizations representing more than two million small-to-midsize businesses worldwide. The organization has partnerships with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), World Economic Forum (WEF), and The Aspen Institute.
Since its launch in 2017, CRI has developed the Cyber Readiness Program, a self-guided program for SMBs that focuses on human behavior and developing practical policies an organization can follow to build a culture of cyber readiness. In May, CRI added the Cyber Leader Certification Program, a professional credential program designed to train cyber leaders.