By Tim Ryan

Innovation isn’t just about creating new technologies; it’s also about ensuring that our digital footprints are secure. And with cybersecurity becoming a cornerstone in the business realm, small enterprises mustn’t lag behind.

Old Dominion University Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is on a mission: to arm small businesses with the knowledge and resources they need to stand strong in the face of cyber threats. But to do this most effectively, they need something invaluable – your perspective.

Did you know? A significant number of cyber-attacks target small enterprises. The reasons? Well, attackers often perceive them as more vulnerable due to the potential lack of robust cybersecurity measures. We believe that it’s high time to change this narrative!

In a heartfelt endeavor backed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), ODU has launched the “Cybersecurity Readiness for Small Business” initiative. A significant part of this initiative is a concise survey – taking just 2-3 minutes of your time – that delves into the cybersecurity preparedness of small businesses.

But why should you consider participating? Because the insights garnered from this survey will be the bedrock upon which no-cost cybersecurity training materials for Virginia’s small businesses will be crafted. By offering your input, you’ll play an instrumental role in ensuring these resources are not just generic, but tailored to the real needs and concerns of businesses like yours.

This is more than just a survey; it’s a rallying cry. It’s about our community coming together to ensure that every entrepreneur, every startup, and every established small business has the tools and knowledge to shield themselves from cyber threats.

And guess what? The path to making a difference is just a click away: Take the Survey Now

Your voice can shape the future of cybersecurity in our region. Let’s come together and ensure that Hampton Roads remains a beacon of innovation – safely and securely. 🔒