SURF believes Security & Privacy is an important area to provide services in to our constituency. At Team Security, we not only focus on technical solutions and services but we find services aimed at the organisation and services aimed at people equally important. Often, people are said to be the weakest link in cyber security, worst case they are seen by technicians as the enemy, while we believe they are an asset. For people in your organization to become an asset, good awareness and tools for behavioural change are important. That is why we provide our service Cybersave Yourself (CSY).
CSY is the security and privacy awareness toolkit for education and research in the Netherlands. Amongst other things, it includes tips on security, and games and videos about security and privacy awareness. CSY allows institutions to build their own awareness programme and provides tools and materials to do so.
Upon entering the toolkit, users can choose to get inspiration for a single awareness activity, follow a step-by-step approach to set up an awareness programme, or receive guidelines to improve their current awareness programme. In this way the toolkit is aimed at a broad user base, as we want security and privacy awareness for everyone.
The toolkit is set up according to a number of principles:
Flexible: we provide all the materials in an as open format as possible. Institutions can choose to use them as is, modify small parts to local preferences or grab what they need and fit them in their own materials.
Free of rights (for the education and research sector): all intellectual property rights for the materials are included in the service so that institutions are free to do with the materials as they please.
Modular: the toolkit is set up in such a way that materials can be easily combined. We separate themes (e.g. public WIFI, phishing, dataleaks) from materials (e.g. posters, flyers, cups) so that new themes can be easily added and made use of in different ways.
Bilingual: as we have an international community, we provide the materials in two languages: Dutch and English.
Community platform: CSY is not just a toolkit but a community platform where we stimulate our users to share their own materials and experiences on awareness. The more people that add to the toolkit, the richer the toolkit will be and that is beneficial for allour users.
Expansion with e-course on security and privacy skills
We continuously expand our toolkit and try to find ways to increase the pace. That is why we stimulate our users to participate and we also hope to share and exchange experiences and materials with other NRENs. Our next steps include creating an e-course on security & privacy skills for students and staff and some fun quizzes. Cool stuff!