Cyber scan: protect your business online

Ransomware, DDoS attacks, phishing mails: there is a good chance that your company will have to deal with cybercrime at some stage. How vulnerable is your company? You can test this with a cyber scan.

The risk that criminals will break into your premises is getting smaller, but the risk that they hack into your systems is increasing. To prevent this, it is important to know if you have digital vulnerabilities. A cyber scan, or cybersecurity scan, measures this for you. Usually with a short questionnaire. You answer questions about the digital security measures you apply in your company. Who has access to your systems? How often do you update your software? Based on your answers, you will get feedback about your vulnerabilities.

Paying attention to security

"Such a questionnaire forces you to think about your security," says Jeroen Kasbergen, Cyber Security Advisor at the Digital Trust Center (DTC). DTC offers a cyber scan for entrepreneurs on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. "Do I have a virus scanner? Do I have a firewall? Do I have strong passwords? If you don't know the answers, you can discuss these questions with someone who does, such as your IT administrator."

Practical tips

Based on your answers, the scan provides practical tips to make your company safer. Kasbergen explains: "If, for example, your answers show that your passwords are weak, the report advises you to choose strong passwords. For example, by using a password manager." Other tips the scan might offer: run automatic updates and install antivirus software. Naturally, you can discuss the report with your IT administrator.

Critical attitude

What if you just don't want to use a password manager, or you are not a fan of automatic updates? Graphic designer Vincent van der Vliet did a scan, and got advice he did not find helpful: "I'd rather make up strong passwords myself than leave it up to a piece of fallible software." There is no harm in taking such a critical attitude, according to Mr Kasbergen. "The most important function of a scan is that it gets you thinking about your security. And that you take action. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to take appropriate measures."

Free cyber scans

Do you want to get started with a cyber scan? Good news: there are many free cyber scans on the market. These basic scans are less detailed than paid scans, but are often a good starting point. Do keep in mind that sometimes scans are provided by cybersecurity companies. They have an interest in selling you a product after you complete the scan. The following 4 scans were created by institutions and sector associations and are not for profit.

1. Basic cyber resilience scan

The Basisscan Cyberweerbaarheid (basic cyber resilience scan) from the Digital Trust Center takes about 5 minutes. It is based on 5 basic principles of cyber security. Some 10,000 entrepreneurs have preceded you in taking this scan (in Dutch).

2. CCV cyber resilience scan

This cyber scan (in Dutch) was developed by The Hague University of Applied Sciences and is provided by the independent foundation Centrum voor Criminaliteitspreventie en Veiligheid (Centre for Crime Prevention and Safety, CCV).

3. Cybersecurity scan Smart Industry

The organisation Smart Industry, founded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, advises business on ICT. They also provide a basic scan (in Dutch) to test your resilience.

4. Cybersecurity scan Oost-Nederland

Do you have a production company in the east of the Netherlands? Then you can have a detailed cyber scan (in Dutch) carried out. This scan is not entirely free, but the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel offer a subsidy.

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