Mission accomplished. We are all cyber aware now.

A conversation with Daniel Eliot | Director of Small Business Education at the National Cyber Security Alliance

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By Marco Ciappelli, host of The Cyber Society

A conversation with Daniel Eliot, Sean Martin, and Marco Ciappelli

At ITSPmagazine, we are dedicated to raising cybersecurity awareness and helping small and medium-sized businesses stay safe as they bring their businesses online. This is something we invest in all year long, but also take special care to help with some of the dedicated activities offered during National Cyber Security Alliance’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).


What you are about to listen is the third and final conversation with Daniel Eliot, Director of Small Business Education at the National Cybersecurity Alliance. 

Sean and I recorded three episodes with Daniel because it is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and you need to listen to all of them - in no particular order - to become Cyber Aware Awesome and earn a Cyber Society Pin Badge.

Gosh, it seems like just yesterday when we published the first podcast, and so much has happened since then, that I am honestly struggling to find the words to introduce this final conversation.

Truth is… I am so proud of you all. I am shedding a tear of joy as I am thinking about how we have all come together, educated ourselves and transformed our cyber society from a sinister landscape into a welcoming safe heaven, with a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.

At the time of the first episode nobody gave a flying unicorn ass about cybersecurity; back then we were all going around the web clicking recklessly on every link, buying unsafe IoT devices and connecting them in our homes and offices, repeating our - undeniably brilliant and unforgettable - “mY12345pW” password on every account we own, and connecting our phones, tablets and laptops to any WiFi in range, even the ones labeled “free candies”. 

Not now. Not anymore. That was yesterday.

Today, we have listened to the first two podcasts with Daniel Eliot, Sean Martin and me, and we are all grown up, aware, mature, and ready to venture into the digital world, proud, knowledgeable, and secure.

Well, this was my hope, but I realize that it is not that easy. There is still a lot more to do, starting with one more podcast, this one, and then we will go from here.

ITSPmagazine is not going to give up educating everybody, and neither is the The National Cyber Security Alliance. 

Look, it doesn’t really matter if you listen to this podcast in October, November, March or July. National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is simply a way to get your attention so you can listen to what the experts have to say about being safe online, all year long.

We spoke about the value of sharing cybersecurity responsibility — from the consumer to the large enterprise and from the boardroom to the break room.

Then we spoke about what small and medium sized businesses have to do when it comes to protecting their systems, information, and even their capital from cybercrime and cyber fraud.

But in the end, everything comes down to all of us, as individuals assuming the responsibility for our own cyber life, which at this point is not separate from our real life. We must educate ourselves and take that knowledge wherever we go and apply it to everything we do, for ourself, our business, our family and the future generations for which we are, believe it or not, very much responsible.

In this podcast there are many actionable tips and advice for you to implement immediately and to share with all your loved ones.

So listen up, be connected, and be merry.


Enjoy the podcast, listen to it carefully, and share it recklessly! 

* If you have read my introduction above, you can go directly to the conversation by skipping ahead to 3:40 - Enjoy!


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About Daniel Eliot

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Daniel Eliot joined the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) in 2018 as director of small business programs. Daniel runs the CyberSecure My Business™ program, which is a comprehensive national program led by NCSA to help businesses of all sizes learn to be safer and more secure online.

Prior to his tenure at NCSA, he worked both within and in an advisory capacity to small businesses. Most recently, Daniel worked at the Delaware Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as the manager of technology business development. While there, he developed specialty programs to help small business start and scale.

He also created and managed SBIResource, a  program designed to help innovation-based companies apply to, and win, Small Business Innovation Research funding from 11 federal agencies. Daniel helped small start-ups access over $4.8 million in non-dilutive capital through this program.

Daniel received a letter of commendation from Governor John Carney’s Cyber Security Advisory Council for his efforts addressing cybersecurity awareness and education across Delaware. He holds a B.S. in education and a M.S. in adult education from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Find Daniel on LinkedIn.

Learn more about the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).

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