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. Then you know how to improve the cyber resilience of your company.
Paying attention to security"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. "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 tipsBased on your answers, the security 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 attitudeWhat 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."
Independent cyber scansDo you want to get started with a cyber scan? Good news: there are many cyber scans on the market. These free 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 3 scans were created by institutions and sector associations and are not for profit.
1. Basic cyber resilience scanThe 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 already taken this scan (in Dutch).
2. CCV cyber resilience scanThis free 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 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 free, but the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel offer a subsidy.