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12 Step SME Cybersecurity Toolkit made available by ENISA

Earlier this month, an SME Cybersecurity toolkit was launched by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA). “SecureSME Tool” offers practical and user-friendly tips, guidance and recommendations in areas such as protecting Employees, strengthening technical measures and enhancing processes.

Background for this initiative

According to the European Commission’s data, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) constitute 99% of all businesses in the EU and employ around 100 million people. In order to overcome the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic many SMEs applied new business continuity measures and turned to new technologies such as adopting to cloud services, upgrading their internet services, improving their websites, and enabling staff to work remotely.

Although SMEs have turned to new technologies, they often fail to raise the level of their security, mainly due to the lack of funding and cybersecurity guidelines and this is where ENISA sought to lend support.

The “SecureSME” Tool was created as a means to raise awareness and help SMEs become digitally secure. The goal of the tool is to support those businesses in securing their ICT services and infrastructure from cyberattacks and ensure business continuity.

What is the “SecureSME” Tool?

Cybersecurity doesn’t necessarily have to be costly for SMEs to implement and maintain. There are several measures that can be implemented, without having to invest a large amount.

ENISA’s ‘’SecureSME Tool’’ provides of practical and concise cyber tips and guidelines on how to secure ICT infrastructure in one central location with the following main sections of particular interest to SMEs:

  • Cyber tips that include instructions on how to:
    • Protect Employees
    • Enhance Processes
    • Strengthen technical measures
    • Overcome Covid19 issues
  • Videos
  • Guidelines in relation to SME cybersecurity toolkit published by ENISA and Member States’ National Authorities
  • EU H2020 related projects

"SecureSME" can be accessed by clicking here.

In addition to the report, ENISA also published a short cybersecurity guide in the form of a leaflet: “12 steps to securing your business”, which provides SMEs with practical high-level actions to better secure their systems and hence their businesses.

The 12 steps with the Guide are:

  • Develop good Cybersecurity culture
  • Provide Appropriate Training
  • Effective 3rd Party Management
  • Develop an Incident Report Plan
  • Secure access to all Systems
  • Secure Devices
  • Secure your Network
  • Improve Physical Security
  • Secure Backups
  • Engage with the Cloud
  • Secure Online Sites
  • Seek and share information

The 12 step guide is available by clicking here. This short SME Cybersecurity guide is also translated and available in the following languages:  Czech, German, Greek, Spanish, French, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian.

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