The National Cybersecurity Society is a community of participating technology professionals focused on helping small businesses stay safe online.
- The National Cybersecurity Society is a non-profit organization focused on providing cybersecurity education, awareness and advocacy to small businesses.
- The NCSS provides cybersecurity education tailored to the needs of the small business owner; helps small businesses assess their cybersecurity risk; distributes threat information to business owners so that they will be more knowledgeable about the threats facing their business; and provides advice on the type of services needed to stay safe online.
The NCSS is committed to improving the online safety and security of the small business community through education, awareness and advocacy. Our goal is to enable and empower SMBs to access cybersecurity services, assist them in understanding their cyber risk and educate them on the type of protection they need.
Our vision is a strong and prosperous small business community, with the ability to conduct business safely and securely in the digital economy.
Our Core Values
- Continuous Learning and Improvement: We are committed to assisting small businesses learn and improve their ability to thwart cyber crime; we are also continual learners – from Board members, employees and our community of partners. This core value ensures our advice, education and advocacy is world class, based on leading industry trends and norms.
- Entrepreneurial: We embody and sustain the entrepreneurial spirit of the small business, the essential life-blood of the US economy. We are entrepreneurs!
- Agile and Responsive: We are committed to, responding to the small business community in agile and responsive methods, we are always ready to help.
- Teamwork through partnerships: We believe in teaming with leading technologists, educators, and service providers. We collaborate and partner with industry leaders, educators and vendors to bring the best solutions to the small business community. We deliver an integrated team of capabilities to ensure risk reduction.
What we do
- Assist small businesses in understanding their cyber risk.
- Provide advice on the types of cybersecurity services needed and available for small businesses.
- Educate small businesses on the type of protection they need.
- Collaborate with partners to ensure the highest service delivery.
- Provide "Ask-an-Expert" service, so small businesses have access to technical expertise to address their issues or concerns.
- Provide education and advisory services.
Our Leadership Team
- Chief Executive Officer - Mary Ellen Seale
- Executive Vice President - Chiranjeev Bordoloi
- Vice President/CFO
- Vice President/Operations
- Vice President of Technology
- Chief Development Officer
- Chief Privacy Officer
- General Counsel
- Chief Human Capital Officer
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the management of NCSS. The Board delegates the day-to-day responsibilities of the NCSS, CEO and senior management. Directors provide the CEO and senior management with guidance and strategic oversight to advance the NCSS’s mission. The Board’s duties and responsibilities are set out in the Board’s bylaws, committee charters and the governance statement.
- The Board has four regularly scheduled meetings annually, however special meetings of the Board may be requested by the Chairman, the CEO or any two Directors. Directors are expected to attend the principle yearly meeting, and the remaining meetings can be attended via conference call.
- On an annual basis a list of topics will be prepared by the Chairman of the Board and the CEO, these topics will be incorporated in the Board’s yearly agenda.
A Small Business Advisory Committee made up of our small business owners, law enforcement, and members of various state and local Chamber of Commerce offices will be the advising body of the NCSS. The purpose of this advisory committee is to counsel the NCSS on the needs of the small business owner and to ensure that these concerns are considered in drafting annual NCSS goals and objectives. The Small Business Committee will meet prior to the yearly principle Board of Directors meeting, in order to prepare and present recommendations of strategic concern to the Board.
The Board has four standing committees: Executive Committee, a Nominating Committee, an Audit and Finance Committee and a Compensation Committee who consist all of independent directors.
The Executive Committee is responsible for executive level management of the NCSS between board meetings, and is comprised of directors of the NCSS who are officers. The Executive Committee will act for the board and ensure effective governance of the NCSS. The Executive Committee is responsible to effectively overseeing whether the NCSS is meeting its fiduciary obligations and ensuring the decisions of the board are effectively communicated and acted upon by NCSS staff.
The Nominating Committee is responsible for strengthening the NCSS corporate mission and for identifying board candidates who have the range of qualities desired for an effective board.
The Audit and Finance Committee is responsible for guiding NCSS’s accounting and financial practices. The Audit and Finance Committee is comprised solely of non-management directors. The Committee has the responsibility of the auditing, accounting and control functions. Duties include overseeing financial management, reviewing reports and approving the annual budget.
The Compensation Committee is responsible for establishing compensation for the Chief Executive Officer and other key individuals. The Committee is also responsible for assessing the compensation related to the qualifications of the individuals being considered.
We provide small business owners a voice to our Executive Committee and to the NCSS. In the event that a NCSS member believes that they have not been serviced or supported appropriately, they can report their dissatisfaction to the NCSS, via our OMBUDSMAN services.
Code of Ethics
- The Board is responsible for overseeing corporate ethics. All directors and employees are expected to adhere to the highest ethical standards. All Directors are expected to comply with the NCSS Code of Ethics.
- The NCSS’s professional duties and responsibilities are in accordance with up-to date laws and statutes.
- The NCSS is committed to sound and ethical conduct in all aspects of business. We ensure that the funds provided through charitable donations are used to further the educational and advocacy mission of our charity. We ensure that our corporation’s officers conduct sound fiscal decisions in order maintain the trust that our donors have endowed to us with their contributions.
- At the NCSS, we strive to use your tax-deductible contributions effectively in our work to educate small business owners on the cyber risk. As a tax-exempt non-profit organization, we annually File a Form 990 with the IRS providing information on our organization’s finances, public support and activities.
- We operate in an environment of dignity and respect – employees, sponsors, donors and our small business owners. We understand that many times we are responding to small business owners who have been the victim of a cyber crime and that sensitivity and privacy are paramount to helping them recover from their loss.
- We are an equal employer and devoted to providing workplace equality, free of discrimination of all types. Any employee who feels threatened or discriminated against in any form can report their concerns to our OMBUDSMAN service or to the Executive Committee chair.
The NCSS By-Laws define how the NCSS Board will operate and were submitted as part of the Articles of Incorporation in June 2015.
In order to reach the disadvantaged small business community more effectively, we will have regional chapters in the following areas, consistent with the US Census Bureau regions.
- Region 1: Northeast – NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
- Division 1: New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
- Division 2: Mid-Atlantic (New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania)
- Region 2: Midwest – PHOENIX, AZ
- Division 3: East North Central (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin)
- Division 4: West North Central (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota)
- Region 3: South – ATLANTA, GA
- Division 5: South Atlantic (Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia)
- Division 6: East South Central (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee)
- Division 7: West South Central (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas)
- Region 4: West – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
- Division 8: Mountain (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming)
- Division 9: Pacific (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington)
- Our headquarters will be located in Washington, DC.