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Apr 21, 2020

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


Today’s guest is Daniel Eliot, Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives at the National Cyber Security Alliance (NSCA). In this episode, he is providing invaluable cybersecurity tips for small businesses!


In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to stay vigilant with regard to cybersecurity. There’s always a chance of cyber risk for small businesses, in times like these, it is especially important to know what you can do as a small business owner to improve security.

Daniel provides tips for changes small businesses can implement to improve their security, highlights some of the common cyber mistakes that small businesses make (and how to avoid them), and shares how businesses should be adapting digitally, online, and in-person to avoid cyber risk.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About the RIMS Membership.

[:28] About today’s episode and special guest, Daniel Eliot.

[:38] About RIMS Coronavirus Information Center.

[:51] About the newest RIMS webinar hosted by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky.

[1:37] More about today’s episode and guest.

[1:59] Justin welcomes Daniel to RIMScast.

[2:03] Daniel speaks about his background and his work on behalf of the NCSA.

[3:07] Daniel shares what interests him about small businesses and why he focuses so much of his attention on the small-medium business community.

[4:46] What are some common cyber mistakes that small businesses make?

[6:53] How do Daniel and the NCSA plan to address some of these common cyber mistakes during National Small Business Week (held May 3-9)?

[8:36] When discussing the COVID-19 pandemic, how do businesses need to adapt digitally, online, and in-person?

[12:45] Has Daniel ever experienced a similar situation to COVID-19 that was brought on by a natural disaster? Daniel also outlines some more strategies for businesses navigating during this current uncertain time.

[17:21] Daniel discusses cybercriminals and how they’ll take advantage of this time.

[18:20] Justin thanks Daniel for joining the podcast and highlights some of the links to check out in today’s show notes!


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Advocacy

RIMS Webinar — April 23rd: “Defeat Blindspots and Cognitive Biases During COVID-19 and Pandemics with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky”

NOTICE: RIMS 2020 Annual Conference & Exhibition has been canceled. Please see the RIMS 2020 Cancellation FAQ for more information.

Upcoming RIMS Events

RM Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

New Feature: RIMS-CRMP Stories

RIMS Membership — Discover why 10,000 of your peers from more than 60 countries are a part of the RIMS community!

RIMS Benchmark Survey: Contribute your data by April 30th and receive the 2020 Survey for free! You’ll learn how much companies are paying per line of coverage and more. Visit

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National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)

NCSA Upcoming Events

Small Business Administration

Small Business Administration — National Small Business Week

NSCA on RIMScast:

“The State of Cybersecurity and 5G Technology with Jason Ruger, Ruby Zefo, and Chris Novak”

“The World of Cybersecurity with Kelvin Coleman”


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Daniel Eliot’s NCSA Profile