It is not only big businesses that need to prepare for the threat of cybercrimes. SMEs, which form the backbone of Europe's economy, also need to boost their cybersecurity. SMEs' dependency on information technologies and the internet has opened the door to vulnerabilities to cybercrime. The EU-funded GEIGER project will develop an innovative solution for SMEs and microenterprises (MEs) in Europe. It will make it easier for event the smallest business to assess, monitor and forecast risks and to reduce them. For instance, a special toolbox will allow stepwise do-it-yourself assessment and improvement of security, privacy and data protection with lightweight controls and advise for improved overall protection.
The GEIGER project will be an innovative solution with associated components and an Education Ecosystem addressing security, privacy and data protection risks of and for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Microenterprises (SMEs & MEs) in Europe. GEIGER will be developed in analogy of a GEIGER counter for detecting atomoc radiation threatening human life.
The GEIGER solution will be used for assessing, monitoring, and forecasting risks and reducing there risks by improving the SMEs' and MEs' secuity with well-curated tools, and an education program targeting practitioners-in-practice as "Certified Security Defenders" bringing security expertise sustainably to SMEs & MEs using exising vocational education frameworks. GEIGER consist of a GEIGER indicator that dynamically summarises the current level of risk by evaluating measures undertaken for security defences among the participating SMEs & MEs.
The GEIGER Indicator can be personalised by registering the enterprise's profile and supports GDPR-compliant sharing and exchainging data about incidents.
The GEIGER Toolbox allows stepwise do-it-yourself assessment and improvement of the SMEs' & MEs' security, privacy, and data protection with lightweight controls and advise for improved protection at varied levels of sophistication. The included tools offer endpoint, server, and network protection and guide the SME & ME in a personalised manner in data hygiene, including access and security control, data privacy management, and backup practices.
The GEIGER Education Ecosystem offers experimental-based training and cyber range-enabled challenges and will be integrated into curricula of diverse professions of non-ICT experts, offering direct impact on SMEs & MEs through target group-oriented education. The GEIGER solution will be demonstrated in three complementary use cases within three countries.
GEIGER will achieve sustainable impact by raising awareness of more than one million SMEs & MEs within a period of 2.5 years after start.
Read more details on the GEIGER dedicated page and find out more about the latest update, project results and benefit to its end-users.
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