SecureSME Tool (ENISA)
The 'SecureSME' tool is a new interactive online tool specifically designed for SMEs. Launched on 8 September 2021 by ENISA (European Union Agency for Cybersecurity), the tool's objective is to offer practical support to SMEs in navigating the various tips, guidelines, tools, reports and recommendations by ENISA. SMEs represent around 99% of businesses within the EU, employing millions of people. Yet, they often lack resources and tools to detect cyber attacks and fall victims to cybercrime.
The tool will therefore act as one-stop-shop for SMEs in Europe, supporting them with cybersecurity recommendations and guidelines in a user-friendly and simple way. It also recognises the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on European businesses, causing them to turn to new digital solutions.
What does this tool offer?
The adoption of new technologies and digital solutions needs to go hand-in-hand with security, and SMEs struggle to achieve this balance, largely due to the lack of funding and cybersecurity guidelines to follow. But cybersecurity does not need to be costly to work as it should: a number of measures that do not require significant financing are easy to implement, even for organisations that are not so digital yet. The new ENISA platform compiles practical cyber hygiene tips.
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SMEs can also access a video repository, a collection of guidelines, tools and tips on cybersecurity strategy and implementation, contacts for relevant national authorities responsible for cybersecurity implementation on a national level, and valuable links for EU-funded projects suitable for SMEs. Other features include: reports, studies and working papers, guides and recommendations, online communication tools, workshops.
A short cybersecurity guide in the form of a leaflet - '12 steps to securing your business' is also available via the platform, offering a more high-level guidance on securing online systems and services. The guide is available in several EU languages apart from English, including Czech, German, Greek, Spanish, French, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian.
What else can you expect to find there?
- Cybersecurity for SMEs – Challenges and Recommendations
- Cybersecurity guide for SMEs
- ENISA topic: Cybersecurity for SMEs
- European SMEs facing increased cyber threats in changing digital landscape
- Workshop on the ENISA Report - Cybersecurity for SMEs: Challenges and Recommendations
- Guidelines for SMEs on the security of personal data processing
- Tips for selecting and using online communication tools
- Tips for cybersecurity when buying and selling online
- Tips for cybersecurity when working from home
- Top ten cyber hygiene tips for SMEs during covid-19 pandemic
- Transatlantic Cybersecurity Checklist
Digital skills resource details
The SecureSME tool was developed following the publication of the Cybersecurity for SMEs report by ENISA in June 2021. The report offers advice to SMEs on how to cope with cybersecurity challenges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe and disruptions to business continuity.