Better online security thanks to selected tools for small businesses
The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) in partnership with ICTswitzerland and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) has launched the Swiss version of the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business. The toolkit provides companies with effective tools free of charge, including instructions for safe use on the Internet and complements the new edition of the Cybersecurity quick check for SME (small to medium-sized enterprises). The internationally proven toolkit has been translated into German and makes an important contribution to the implementation of the National strategy for Switzerland’s protection against cyber risks (NCS).
Contribution to the implementation of the national cyber strategy
Since 2018, SMEs have been able to use the cybersecurity quick check as a tool to better assess their own cyber-risk and identify security gaps. Under the direction of SATW, the user-friendliness of the quick check has now been revised, and the quick check has been better adapted to the needs of SME. As a next step, the Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business now offers practical solutions for companies. By implementing the controls and best practices described in the toolkit, they can protect themselves against more than 85% of the most common attacks. “In combination, the quick check and the toolkit make an important contribution to the implementation of the National strategy for Switzerland’s protection against cyber risks (NCS),” says Florian Schütz, the federal Cybersecurity Delegate. "In order to achieve the goal of a cyber-resilient Switzerland, it is crucial that we also adapt internationally proven solutions such as the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Switzerland."
Together for better protection against cyber risks
The partnership with ICTswitzerland and SATW is also an important opportunity for GCA to expand its global presence. Klara Jordan, GCA Executive Director for the European Union and Africa, explains, “The launch of the Swiss version of the toolkit marks the first milestone in the partnership between GCA, ICTswitzerland, and SATW and is an important step towards increasing resilience and awareness of cyber risks across the SME sector. The collaboration brings us one step closer to our goal of helping small businesses worldwide protect themselves against the ever-increasing risks from cyberspace.” Nicola Staub, Public Prosecutor for cybercrime and Ambassador of GCA adds, “As the initiator of the partnership, I am enthusiastic about the constructive cooperation and the quick result. The toolkit makes a significant contribution to the prevention of cybercrime in small businesses.”
The new version of the Cybersecurity Quick Test and the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for SMEs can be found here
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