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Democratizing a Cyber Security Toolkit for SMEs and MEs

Tiberiu Cocias

01 June 2020

31 May 2023

EC funded project

CyberKit4SME will provide cybersecurity tools that help SMEs and MEs become aware of, analyze, forecast, and manage cybersecurity and data protection risks. The toolkit will provide sophisticated levels of analysis and protection in a manner that is low-cost, easy to understand, and collaborative in nature, plus facilities supporting incident reporting and security intelligence sharing and collaboration with other SMEs, larger supply chain partners, and CERT/CSIRTs.

CyberKit4SME will produce offline risk modeling tools to support ISO 27005 risk analysis and privacy and data protection ‘by design’, covering technical, organizational, and human risk factors, and supporting regulatory compliance analysis and compliance documentation generation.

CyberKit4SME will provide online cybersecurity risk monitoring based on collaborative security intelligence and event management (SIEM) tools, and data protection measures designed for easy access that will be effective in cloud environments.

Cybersecurity incident reporting and security intelligence sharing will be supported by a secure, privacy-aware blockchain framework, allowing SMEs to collaborate with CERTs, supply chain partners, and indirectly, other SMEs to detect and address threats in critical sectors without fear of reputational damage.

These tools will be supported by training including cyber range demonstrations, raising awareness, and encouraging adoption of advanced cybersecurity methods by SMEs and MEs. CyberKit4SME will thus increase awareness of cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities, and risks among SMEs and MEs, allow more confident and effective forecasting, monitoring, and management of those risks, and simplify compliance with regulatory obligations under the GDPR and NIS Directive, as well as sector-specific regulations relating to security, data protection, and privacy.

CyberKit4SME will validate its tools with SMEs in four critical sectors: finance, healthcare, energy, and transportation.


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