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CyberCheck.me: A Review of a Small to Medium Enterprise Cyber Security Awareness Program

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Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) represent a large proportion of any country’s business activity, and their contribution to national supply is significant. There are many studies and reports revealing the threat to business from cyber security issues resulting in system penetration and information compromise. Very few studies are focused on evaluating SME cyber security postures. Even fewer are focused on directly surveying the actual SMEs themselves about the issues they face. Utilizing these type of survey results to improve SME outcomes with respect to cyber security is even rarer still.

This chapter outlines an approach currently being undertaken in Western Australia with SMEs in the northwest metropolitan region of Perth, specifically within the large local government catchments of Joondalup and Wanneroo. The high-order goal of the project is to assist with measures to improve their cyber security resilience and resistance to threats for SMEs in these catchments.

Since 2014, there have been surveys and a series of intervention workshops around the catchments. This research activity has now produced the CyberCheck.me initiative which involves students and staff from Edith Cowan University Security Research Institute to engage with the public to offer free cyber security advice.

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  • Information security
  • Network security
  • Computer crime
  • Small business technology transfer

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Valli, C., Martinus, I., Stanley, J., Kirby, M. (2021). CyberCheck.me: A Review of a Small to Medium Enterprise Cyber Security Awareness Program. In: Daimi, K., Arabnia, H.R., Deligiannidis, L., Hwang, MS., Tinetti, F.G. (eds) Advances in Security, Networks, and Internet of Things. Transactions on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-71017-0_17

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