The private sector, and in particular the Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) which constitute the major part of the local economy, require a particular focus from a cyber security point of view. They need to be sensitized on the cyber security hazards to which they, particularly as resource limited firms are particularly vulnerable. The National Cyber Security Awareness and Education Campaign shall therefore be devising ways of ensuring that the need for cyber security preventive and protective measures are effectively undertaken. As a prerequisite a good understanding of the sector through surveys as well as to qualitative means such as focus groups are being undertaken so as to ensure a more pragmatic approach to such area of concern. Other information dissemination, as well as interactive sessions that help bolster awareness and knowledge on cyber security knowledge and best practices within the organizations themselves, are also being planned. As one form of incentive, MITA shall also be sponsoring an Award, as part of the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) e-Business Awards for which organizations that demonstrate excellence in cyber security measures and best practice shall be eligible to.
As part of the Government’s commitment to enhance and instill a culture of cyber hygiene within the private sector, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation has launched the B SECURE Scheme.
This scheme is entirely focused on giving cyber security educational support, together with risk assessments and consultancy to local businesses on how their company and their employees can lead to a digitally secure future.
For more information about this scheme, kindly click here.