What is the Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect?

The Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect Program is a grant opportunity to support trusted organisations that advise small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to raise awareness of cyber security risks and promote action to address these risks.

 

Background

As part of the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy, Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect will provide funding to trusted organisations that provide business advice to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which have a demonstrated reach and influence over a large number of SMEs across regional and metropolitan Australia. Funding will support projects that raise the awareness of cyber security risks amongst SMEs, promote action to address these risks and support and uplift the capability of SMEs to meet best practice in cyber security.

 

Objectives

The objectives of Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect are to:

  • raise cyber security risk awareness among SMEs through trusted advisers
  • promote action amongst SMEs to address cyber security risks
  • lift the cyber security capability of SMEs, including through transfer of cyber security knowledge and skills.

The intended outcomes of Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect are:

  • Australian SMEs are aware of cyber security risks and trusted cyber security information sources and advice
  • demonstrated action by SMEs to reduce cyber security risks
  • cybersecurity capability of SMEs has been lifted
  • trusted advisers continue to disseminate cyber security resources and information to SMEs, beyond the life of this grant opportunity.

 

Funding

Grants from $100,000 up to $750,000 to fund 100 per cent of eligible project expenditure.

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • be aimed at raising cyber security awareness, promoting action to address cyber security risks amongst SMEs and supporting and uplifting the capability of SMEs to meet best practice in cyber security
  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • include at least $100,000 in eligible expenditure

Eligible activities may include:

  • delivering innovative methods of raising awareness of cyber security risks and building SME cyber security capability
  • establishing methodologies for promoting action for SMEs to adopt cyber security best practices
  • showcasing quality cyber security best practice  engaging with stakeholders including SMEs, industry and the Australian Cyber Security Centre
  • monitoring and evaluation activities that seek to demonstrate uplift of cyber security capability among SMEs (evaluation activities can be supported by a cyber security diagnostic tool to be made available to grant recipients).

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be an organisation that provides business advisory services

You must be one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated association

You must be able to:

  • certify that you are an organisation that provides business advisory services
  • provide a letter, on the template provided, from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that:
    • details the types of SMEs that you currently provide advice to, the location of these SMEs and a quantification of the number of SMEs you currently regularly advise
    • confirms that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project within the timeframe specified in 3.2 and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • include all the mandatory attachments as per the application form.

 

Timing

Applications close 30 November 2020.

 

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