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Cyber Shame: The Cyber Word of the Year

Cyber Shame: The Cybersecurity Word of the Year

It’s that time of year again when the Cyber Word of the Year is chosen. Not only does the well-known Van Dale do this, but the cybersecurity dictionary also chooses the ‘Cyber Word of the Year’. This year, that word is cyber-shame.

You probably know it, you’re working nicely and a link passes by that looks reliable at first glance. You click on it, and everything appears to be going on! The best course of action would be to ring the bell immediately and report the accident to the responsible colleague. Your heart sinks at the idea, however, and so the whole thing often remains unknown until the consequences become visible.

Cyber Dictionary and the Cyber Word of the Year

Cybersafe Netherlands and the Cybersecurity Alliance have included the term “cyber shame” in their cybersecurity dictionary this year. This dictionary, which was first published in 2019, contains technical terminology explained in understandable Dutch to facilitate the conversation about cybersecurity and to understand technical reports and advice.

An app for this dictionary is now also available. Liesbeth Holterman, the strategic advisor at Cybersafe Netherlands, says it’s important to make sure people understand the correct terminology because a lack of knowledge is often a weak link in an organization’s cybersecurity. You don’t really know how to explain the problem, so it won’t be solved.

The election of the word “cyber shame” aims to draw attention to this concept and to make people more aware of the importance of openness around cybersecurity. The goal is to be able to tackle problems such as ransomware more quickly by showing leadership and making employees more aware of cybersecurity.

A jury led by Labor Party MP Barbara Kathmann, therefore, chose the word cyber shame as the Cyber Word of the Year. There are all kinds of dangers lurking these days, and it’s certainly not ‘stupid of you’ that you clicked on the wrong link. So get rid of that cyber shame, and go for a safe, digital environment with good cyber security!

What is Cyber Security?

Cybersecurity is the protection of digital systems, networks and devices against cyber attacks. This is important for businesses of all sizes, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). For SMEs, for example, cybersecurity can mean taking measures to prevent their computers from being hacked or to prevent malware from entering their systems. It may also mean that they take steps to prevent their confidential data (such as customer data) from falling into the hands of cybercriminals.

There are several ways in which SMEs can approach cybersecurity. This can be done, for example, by:

  • installing a business VPN
  • using a strong password policy
  • performing regular backups of important data

It is also important to train employees in the safe use of digital systems so that they know how to prevent cyber threats. Cybersecurity is also not something you do once. Cyber security is a continuous process.

Companies must regularly update their cybersecurity measures and adapt them to the latest threats. This way they can properly protect their digital systems and data and you ensure that there are as few situations as possible in which cyber shame can rear its head.

Cyber shame? That’s how you get rid of it!

If you want to get started with tackling cybersecurity in your small or medium-sized business (SME), it can be useful to make a step-by-step plan. This can help you keep the process organized and make sure you don’t forget all the important steps. Below are some examples of steps you can take:

  • Step 1: Determine your goals: Before you start tackling cybersecurity, it’s important to be clear about what you want to achieve. For example, determine what kind of company data you want to protect, and what you want to prevent (such as having your computers hacked).
  • Step 2:Take an inventory: Take an inventory of all your digital systems and devices and the ways you use them. This way you can better estimate what kind of cyber threats you can expect, and what measures you need to take to protect yourself.
  • Step 3: Have a strong plan: Based on your goals and the inventory, you can make a plan for how you want to approach your cybersecurity. For example, this plan could include installing antivirus software, setting up firewalls, performing regular backups, etc.
  • Step 4: Execute the plan: Once you have a plan, you can execute the steps you have planned. This may mean, for example, installing antivirus software or training employees in the safe use of digital systems.
  • Step 5: Monitor and evaluate: After implementing the plan, it is important to regularly monitor and evaluate progress. This can be done, for example, by using regular scans of your systems, or by holding training courses for employees. This way you can ensure that your cybersecurity remains up-to-date and that you continue to comply with the latest threats.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Guardey in short?

You just want to know what Guardey is, in a few lines, not scrolling through the whole website. We got you covered. Here you are:

Guardey focuses on three parts of your cyber security:

A safe and encrypted VPN connection via Guardey’s secure infrastructure or a Site-to-Site VPN.

We analyze information packages from the data going through the VPN tunnel, give clear insights into your data infrastructure, and provide alerts in case of threats like ransomware, viruses, and irregularities in your network.

Your cyber security is as strong as your weakest link. With Guardey, you can educate your whole team and increase awareness in a fun and efficient way through gamification.

It’s an advanced software as a service with applications for Windows and Mac OSX and an online platform for reporting and managing your teams and company policies.

How does the free trial works?

Your free 14-day trial with Guardey is based on our Basic plan. In our basic plan, all the alarms will only be available for yourself or your own company, and you manage the alarms in-house. We don’t need any payment information to start your trial, and you can invite as many users as you want.

The majority of SMEs don’t have an in-house IT department or a team of cyber security specialists. Therefore we also offer Guardey co-managed and Guardey custom. In both plans, you are able to connect Guardey to a preferred Guardy IT partner or, of course, your own IT partner.

They can semi or fully manage the alarms and the health of your infrastructure so that you can focus on your business.

After your 14 days of the free trial, you can decide if you want to continue with a paid plan. Upgrading during your trial period means you stop your trial and upgrade to a paid plan. You need a verified payment method to upgrade.

How can I pay after the trial period?

We don’t ask for any payment information to start your trial.

If you want to upgrade during or after your free trial to a paid plan, you can use one of the below payment methods:

  1. Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Maestro, PostePay, Cartes Bancaires)
  2. PayPal
  3. Direct Debit (iDeal SEPA)
Can I up- or downgrade to a different plan?

Yes you can! You can always upgrade immediately and costs are calculated pro-rata on your next invoice. A downgrade will be effective from your next payment period.

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