CFIB Launches new Cybersecurity Academy

CFIB Launches new Cybersecurity Academy
 Courtesy Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Courtesy Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Did you know the average cost of a cyber breach is $26,000? Nearly all (95%) cyber breaches happen because of human error, which means you and your employees can better protect your business with cybersecurity training. To get you started, CFIB worked with Mastercard cybersecurity specialists to create the Cybersecurity Academy – with short lessons and lessons specific for small businesses.


In the Academy you’ll find courses on:

  • The Risks to Small Business
  • Social Engineering
  • Protecting Your Business
  • Preparing for a Cybersecurity Incident

The Academy also contains printable tools, valued at $5,500, that you can use to help keep your business safe, including:

  • A hardware and software Inventory Tracker
  • A Phishing Prevention Checklist
  • A template Social Media Policy
  • A Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan template


External sources report that 60% of small businesses close within 6 months of a successful cyberattack – a risk that can be mitigated through cybersecurity training.


CFIB Members can access the Cybersecurity Academy via the Member Portal. Not a CFIB member? Sign up for a trial membership and access the Academy as well as other amazing tools.


Membership with the CFIB is an included benefit when you join the Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC). For more information, visit

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 95,000 members across every industry and region. CFIB is dedicated to increasing business owners’ chances of success by driving policy change at all levels of government, providing expert advice and tools, and negotiating exclusive savings. Learn more at

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