SMEs cybersecurity best practices assessment

06 May 2020

In the modern business world, cybersecurity has quickly become one of the key challenges facing IT companies, especially small firms that need to remain competitive in their markets to stay alive. Cyber-attacks such as data breaches, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and ransomware are increasing and the consequences can be significant for any organisation, from financial losses to damaged reputations. Despite large companies having increased their budget allocation to face cybersecurity threats, when it comes to SMEs, it is still very hard for them to implement efficient security measures which are usually perceived as too complex, time consuming and requiring a high level of technical knowledge.

Despite a lot of potential tools to help protecting SMEs, all cybersecurity defenses can still be breached if the personnel does not have a minimum understanding on cybersecurity best practices. It is important for you to be aware of main concepts of cybersecurity protection.

The “SME cybersecurity best practice assessment” is specifically designed to tackle this issue, helping companies' staff to increase awareness about basic security guidelines to be applied in their day-to-day routine.
By answering a set of questions through a simple and quick online self-assessment, SMEs can easily understand where they stand in terms of cybersecurity posture. The tool quickly helps SMEs to pinpoint security gaps and best practices that should be regularly followed through in terms of:

  • Office Firewalls and Internet Gateways
  • Secure Configuration
  • Software Patching
  • User and Administrative accounts best practices
  • Malware protection
  • Awareness of Password weaknesses
  • Basic risk assessment

The “SMEs cybersecurity best practice assessment” is available free of charge at and can be completed in less than 15 minutes.
Measure your cybersecurity awareness skill, pinpoint your security gaps, implement the best practices to avoid being a victim of a cyber-attack and get a certificate of completion issued by 4 European projects.



About the SME cybersecurity best practice assessment

The assessment was developed as a joint effort by four H2020 initiatives namely CyberSec4Europe,, and SMESEC. All four initiatives are tackling cybersecurity and privacy from complementary perspectives, with the aim of providing European SMEs with key resources to boost their online security. Beyond the assessment each project provide a set of cybersecurity tools to increase SMEs online security:

  • CyberSec4Europe is one of the four recently funded competence pilot projects aiming at setting up a European network of centres of cybersecurity expertise.
  • The project activities range from combining formal, professional and non-traditional cybersecurity skills sand capacity building to open-source tools development to support cybersecurity education, software testing, and certification of hardware and software products.
  • provides an European cybersecurity and privacy Marketplace consolidated collection of outputs from completed, EU-funded research projects. It is also a shop window for innovative products and services offered by small and medium sized providers across Europe. As such, organisations may use the Marketplace as a platform to display the products which have been developed through internal research and innovation activities.
  • delivers a flexible, risk-centred, capacity-building platform, combining a theoretical and practical approach to cybersecurity with innovative features (including a cutting edge cyber range). implements customisable training pathways in cybersecurity to fit a broad range of needs and capacity building targets.
  • SMESEC proposes a cost-effective framework composed of specific cyber-security tool-kits to support SMEs in managing network information security risks and threats including: detection and alerting tools, threat protection and response as well as awareness and training tutorials.


Publication date: 05 May 2020