In the modern business world, cybersecurity has quickly become one of the key challenges facing IT companies, especially small firms that need to remain competitive in their markets to stay alive.
Cyber-attacks such as data breaches, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and ransomware are increasing, and the consequences can be significant for any organisation, from financial losses to damaged reputations. Despite large companies having increased their budget allocation to face cyber security, when it comes to SMEs, it is still very hard for them to implement efficient security measures which are usually perceived as too complex, time consuming and requiring a high level of technical knowledge.
Despite a lot of potential tools to help protecting SMEs, all cybersecurity can be breached if the personal does not understand a minimum of information to control the cybersecurity integrity in a SMEs.
It is important for you to be aware of main concepts of cybersecurity protection.
The “Cybersecurity self-assessment for SMEs” is specifically designed to tackle this issue, helping companies staff to increase awareness about basic security guidelines to be applied in their day-to-day routine.
By answering a set of questions through a simple and quick online self-assessment, SMEs can easily understand where they stand in terms of their cybersecurity posture. The tool quickly helps SMEs to pinpoint security gaps and best practices that should be regularly followed through in terms of:
The “Cybersecurity self-assessment for SMEs” is available free of charge at https://intg.taas.eglobalmark.com/certif/best-practices-smes.html and can be completed in less than 15 minutes.
Measure your cybersecurity awareness skill, pinpoint your security gaps and implement the best practices to avoid being a victim of a cyber-attack.
The assessment was developed as a joint effort by four H2020 initiatives namely CyberSec4Europe, Cyberwatching.eu, CYBERWISER.eu and SMESEC. All four initiatives are tackling cybersecurity and privacy from complementary perspectives, with the aim of providing European SMEs with key resources to boost their online security. Beyond the assessment each project provide a set of cybersecurity tools to increase SMEs online security:
The SOCCRATES project is conducting an elaborate series of webinars to share its vision and insights with interested audiences. The first 5 webinars were centered around the SOCCRATES platform components and took place between October 2020 and June 2021. The second series will run until June of 2022 and address results achieved at the (Mnemonic, Vattenfall and Shadowserver) pilot sites.
The European Commission puts a great emphasis on the twin transition to a green and digital economy as the way forward for Europe.
In many sectors, SMEs can use enabling technologies to redesign their operations and become green(er). Standards are fundamental for sustainable technology as they provide reliable, consistent building blocks that can be universally understood and adopted. These building blocks aid in promoting compatibility and interoperability and speed up time-to-market.