SMB Forum

There are over 51 million Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) in India with only 5 to 6% of them being online. While the country is witnessing a serious attempt to bring them online; it has been estimated that by 2017, 20 million of them would be online. The expenditure in technology by the SMBs is on a significant rise but the drive towards digitization is not immune from cyber security threats.

  • SMB Forum
  • DSCI-Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Awareness Initiative
SMB Forum

Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) Forum

There are over 51 million Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) in India with only 5 to 6% of them being online. While the country is witnessing a serious attempt to bring them online; it has been estimated that by 2017, 20 million of them would be online. The expenditure in technology by the SMBs is on a significant rise but the drive towards digitization is not immune from cyber security threats. As the SME sector gets increasingly online, it would be exposed to online cyber threats and the threat landscape is growing in an advanced and targeted rate. Many companies in this sector are likely to possess Intellectual Property which are at high risk of data theft and espionage. Exposure to the Internet and accesses provided to the IPR for various reasons may have chances of leakage, as expansion also increases the chances of attacks and vulnerabilities. It can be a result of deliberated attack or accidental exposure.

Business applications such as ERP, HRMs, etc. may get compromised during the course of operations. The IT systems and end points deployed in an organization may get breached. Thereafter, the compromised systems may be participating in illegal cyber operations without even being aware of it. During the course of operation, the SMEs may unknowingly leak personal information of their clients. They may get subjected to the privacy and data protection expectations and obligations.

SMB Forum Objectives

The DSCI SMB forum, among other things, has the following objectives:

  • The primary objective of setting up this forum is to have a dedicated space for communicating with the SMBs in the country and keep them updated about the Cyber Security issues and challenges.
  • The current and upcoming projects/ activities/ seminars which are being carried out to cognize the SMBs towards Cyberspace requirements on all fronts will be posted here.
  • The forum will also allow all the stakeholders to share their comments, feedbacks, inputs and express their interest towards the initiatives.
DSCI-Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Awareness Initiative

DSCI-Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Awareness Endeavour for Small & Medium Businesses

DSCI, in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, has embarked upon the ‘Security Awareness Endeavour’ of national importance that aims to target Small & Medium Businesses (SMBs) as a key industry sector along with vocational training institutions. There are over 51 million micro, small and medium businesses present in the country contributing almost 15-20% towards the GDP of India. Currently only 5 – 6 % of these organizations have online presence but the majority of them have started the journey to be a digital organization.

This initiative will entail reaching out to larger SMBs and vocational training institutions audience and sensitize them about Cyber Security concerns, ways, and means they could adopt to be a secure digital organization.

This program is envisaged with consideration of specific digital transformation drivers for SMBs and Academia in India. It includes drivers such as rise of social commerce, cloud offerings, e-commerce boom, industrialization 4.0, machine learning, rise in online presence, automation and productivity enhancement with IT adoption, etc. During the journey to adopt these digital transformation drivers, SMBs and Academia in India are faced with complex cyber security issues which includes dynamic cyber threats, leakage of IPR/sensitive information, protecting business applications, privacy and data protection requirements, IT system protections, cyber bullying and identity theft, etc. To address these concerns, a learning management portal has been set up by DSCI and Lockheed Martin.

Learning Management Portal

An online portal named ‘Cyberaware’ has been set up and the following content has been uploaded:

  • CBTs- Cyber Threats & Internet Security Awareness
  • Cyber Security Game-Security Champion
  • Shoot-based videos


Enabling Secured Digitization of SMBs