Cyber Security Pilot Assistant Positions Available


You are invited to apply for a paid, three-month position as a Cyber Security Pilot Assistant with the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI), a partner of the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE). Applications open on June 4 and will remain open through June 12.




CRI is accepting applications from Global Scholars members interested in working with small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to test a new program designed to increase their cyber readiness and reduce vulnerability to cyber threats. This initiative will also help participating companies respond effectively in the event of an attack. Accepted applicants will serve as Cyber Security Pilot Assistants.


The testing phase for CRI’s Cyber Readiness Program will be open to 16 SMBs, located in the United States and other countries. It will run from July 1 through September 30, 2018. Following the pilot testing, the Program will be opened to all SMBs, free of charge. Our goal is to get the program into the hands of millions of SMBs, worldwide, to support their ongoing success and growth, while securing global value chains of which so many are a critical part.


Each CRI Cyber Security Pilot Assistant will be responsible for working with 2-4 participating SMBs, supporting implementation of the program. The assistant will collect data on the experience of the SMBs throughout the program, presenting these findings during regular weekly calls and in accordance with a template to the CRI experts at the end of the pilot testing. Working with SMBs, Pilot Assistants will help CRI identify strengths and gaps in the program materials.


CRI will select four to eight applicants to work remotely with the SMBs and CRI experts. You must be able to commit to work at least four hours a week and provide prompt email support to your assigned SMBs. Some weeks there will be slightly more or less work. You must also be available for three conference calls with your SMBs and CRI mentors each week. You will receive a stipend to be paid at the completion of the three-month pilot program.


Cyber Security Pilot Assistants selected for this program will gain demonstrated leadership experience, new business relationships, and practical cyber security management expertise. Candidates should have an MBA or be enrolled in a business program. The position should appeal to anyone interested in the intersection of management and information technology, particularly cybersecurity. Some consulting experience and IT knowledge, as well as familiarity with business systems approach, will be helpful, but is not required.


About the Cyber Readiness Institute


The CRI convenes senior leaders of global companies from across industry sectors to share and develop best practices for improving the cyber readiness of small and medium-sized businesses to improve the cybersecurity of global value chains. This collective knowledge informs the CRI’s development of cyber risk management content and tools, which can be used easily by small and medium-sized businesses. The Institute’s Co-Chairs are: Samuel J. Palmisano, Founder of CGE and former CEO and Chairman of IBM; Ajay Banga, President and CEO, Mastercard; Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft; and Penny Pritzker, Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The Managing Director of CRI is Kiersten Todt, former Executive Director of the Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. For more information, visit


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