PS Silvio Schembri launches cyber scheme for businesses: ‘Prevention is better than cure’
As the world becomes more and more digitised, the threat of cyber attacks has become more evident than ever and a recent survey has shown that 40% of Maltese businesses have been affected by a cyber security incident.
With this in mind, the government has invested €250,000 into a scheme to help businesses bolster their cyber defences.
Through the B SECURE scheme, businesses can apply to conduct of their digital assets against the latest cyber security threats. They can also apply for subsidised training courses for their employees, which will give participants certificates that are recognised worldwide.
This scheme could well prove to be a well-needed boost to Maltese businesses, with a 2018 survey indicating that 40% of companies, and 83% of large companies, had fallen victim to some sort of cyber security incident.
These range from hacks and the installation of malicious software and ransomware to more minor pesky issues, such as fraudulent emails and scam calls.
Awareness of the danger of cyberattacks is clearly quite high among businesses, with 75% of SMEs and 83% of large organisations agreeing on the importance of undertaking a cyber risk assessment of their digital assets.
Spearheaded by parliamentary secretary for the digital economy Silvio Schembri, in collaboration with MITA and the Chamber of Commerce, the B SECURE scheme will open towards the end of the year, with services being offered throughout 2020.