MasterCard company RiskRecon has announced that it will be helping small businesses protect themselves via cybersecurity assessments.
The announcement arrives in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. As Canadian businesses struggle to stay afloat, some have turned to digitizing their operations and opening ecommerce stores. With these new cybersecurity assessments, which will run through December 31, 2020, small businesses that have moved their operations online can be safe from cyber attacks.
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and now, more than ever, it’s vital that they be protected,” Sue Hutchison, the Senior Vice President of Product, Digital and New Payments at Mastercard Canada, said.
Hutchison noted how MasterCard has a history of supporting Canadian small businesses. With this new service, the company hopes to provide free access to resources that can safeguard systems for both the present and the future.
According to the announcement, the RiskRecon assessment program helps small businesses identify and address potential vulnerabilities through monitoring and catching them early on. This allows businesses to be ahead of the game when it comes to dealing with cyber criminals. The program would also allow the workforce to focus on business growth as opposed to dealing with the threat of cyber attacks.
RiskRecon can also be accessed for free. According to the RiskRecon website, Canadian businesses that have up to 100 employees can register for the program at no cost and obligation.
Interested users simply fill in a form with their contact and company information. Users must then respond to a verification request before they can receive a document containing credentials to access the RiskRecon portal.
The RiskRecon announcement also follows MasterCard’s initiative to support healthcare organizations in Canada and around the world. In partnership with the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (H-ISAC), RiskRecon will allow organizations to have free cybersecurity assessments.
“In times when delivering patient care is critical, it is vital that healthcare organizations prepare themselves with any and all insight into their cybersecurity and risk posture,” Denise Anderson, the CEO at H-ISAC, said in a statement.
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