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Survey to Explore the Preparedness of EU SMEs for Cybersecurity Challenges

Survey on cybersecurity challenges for SMEs: A review on how businesses in the EU are preparing for and coping with cyber threats.

Published on July 22, 2020

Today, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, ENISA, is launching a two-month-long public survey for EU small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to share their feedback on their state of digital security and preparedness for crises such as COVID-19. The survey asks respondents to identify their main cybersecurity challenges and their level of preparedness to cope with the most common threats. The survey is addressed to individual owners and employees of EU SMEs, as well as to SME associations at both the Member State and EU levels. The survey is open until the 15th of September at 12:00 CET.

Findings will be published later this year in the form of a good practice guide. This will provide advice that will focus on how businesses can successfully overcome digital challenges in a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic and how they can better prepare themselves for similar crises in the future.

To participate in the Public Consultation, please visit: Survey on cybersecurity challenges for SMEs.

According to the European Commission, SMEs, defined as having less than 250 employees and up to EUR 50 million in turnover, make up 99% of all businesses in the EU (see the official SME definition). Clearly, an important driver for innovation and growth across the Union, SMEs are a priority focus for the economic policies of EU governments.

This year, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity is working to increase the resilience of EU SMEs in the face of crises such as COVID-19.

Within this scope, the Agency plans to analyse the ability of EU SMEs to cope with cybersecurity issues in different crises and to provide recommendations on good practices. Cybersecurity topics such as how to handle phishing campaigns or how to mitigate ransomware attacks will be included in the recommendations in this forthcoming work.

Further Information

ENISA’s work related to national cybersecurity strategies (NCSSs) is available on our dedicated topic - National Cybersecurity Strategies

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