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Belgium rates poorly in the area of cybersecurity

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As far as cybersecurity goes, we still have a long way to go, for ourselves, but for others, too. In this virtually connected world, one weak link can compromise the entire users chain. Therefore, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) is organising the European Cyber Security Month, which encourages all Europeans to take their digital well-being seriously.

Belgians do not protect themselves

Cybersecurity is not an easy feat, however, Belgium’s score is very mediocre: we occupy the 27th place, lower than neighbouring countries France, Germany and the Netherlands. For this reason, the Centre for Cyber Security Belgium (CCB) and the Cyber Security Coalition (CSC) decided to raise the profile of the European Cyber Security Month in Belgium together.

This year, once more, both organisations explained how to best perform a backup. According to a survey, a great deal remains to be done:

  • 22% of Belgians have never performed a backup.
  • The 29% who do do so irregularly.
  • 14% perform their backups on the actual device, which makes little sense.
  • 25% of respondents never (5%) or seldom (19%) perform updates.

In other words, Belgians do nothing to protect themselves against a cyberattack on their PC, smartphone and other devices. They are therefore at risk of losing all their data (photos, films, music and other files); these data may also be stolen by cybercriminals, which may put other people’s cybersecurity at risk.

A helping hand from Brussels

Citizens, companies and administrations are jointly responsible for cybersecurity. In the Brussels-Capital Region, Brussels Prevention and Security (BPS) and the Brussels Regional Informatics Centre (BRIC) have already joined forces to produce the recently published regional cybersecurity plan. The introductory sentence of this plan is:

“As children, we learned to look left and right before crossing the road... why do most of us not do the same in cyberspace?”

Food for thought indeed.