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By Clare O’Gara
Thu | Aug 15, 2019 | 6:57 AM PDT

What if implementing certain cybersecurity controls allowed your organization to display a seal of approval?

The University of New Brunswick's Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity just launched a cybersecurity certification program for SMEs that does this.

Called Cybersecure Canada, the program is designed specifically to help smaller businesses and organizations achieve a certain level of cybersecurity readiness and compliance.

Infosecurity Magazine explains what the program covers:

The initiative requires Canadian SMEs to stick to a baseline set of cybersecurity controls developed by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.

These controls include establishing an incident response plan, regularly patching operating systems and applications, using security software and securely configuring devices. Other measures in the list include using strong user authentication, offering employee awareness training and backing up and encrypting data.

Those passing the certification can display a mark showing that they have demonstrated compliance with the controls. Those businesses will also be listed on the program's website.