Did you know that (according to a 2018 survey), only 1 in 10 NGOs train their staff in cybersecurity? Or that there have been over 500 cyber attacks on NGOs in Europe since 2016? A new programme; ‘Cyber Secure The Hague’ aims to help organisations in and around The Hague with free training and tools to help them become more cyber-secure.
NGOs need to be more cyber-secure than ever, with a range of threats from opportunistic hackers through to (potentially) foreign governments looking to interrupt initiatives and programmes. However, as Fabien Leimgruber of the CyberPeace Institute revealed to us last year, most cyber attacks are actually the result of human error. With the right training and tools, smaller NGOs can be just as secure as larger organisations.
To help more NGOs be cyber-secure, The Hague Humanity Hub is working with DIVD and the CyberPeace Institute (and its CyberPeace Builders programme), in a project funded by the City of The Hague. The first phase of this project will give free training, tools, and advice to 10 NGOs, and it is hoped that over 200 organisations can be assisted in the coming years.
Call for NGOs
Applications are now open for 10 NGOs to join the first phase of the project. Organisations that join will receive access to tools and training including Automated Vulnerability Scans, targeted training, and best practices for ‘Cyber Hygiene.’ Organisations that take part in the programme will also receive access to a pool of volunteer cybersecurity professionals, training for Executives, Donors, and Board Members; and the results of a General Security Assessment.
Requirements to join
Organisations joining the new Cyber Secure The Hague programme must:
- Join the CyberPeace Builders Initiative
- Complete a General Security Assessment
- Share technical data to help with research
- And dedicate around 50 hours to the programme over the course of 12 months