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Cybersecurity

Ransomware, phishing emails, viruses and more. Belgian companies face these issues on a daily basis. The future is digital and mobile services and applications are gaining importance, but at the same time, cyber risks are lurking around every corner. Cybersecurity enables companies to create a safe digital work environment and protect themselves and their customers against cybercrime. But only provided their web security remains up to date. Sirris has been expanding their cybersecurity expertise over many years, to help companies, SMEs and especially start-ups from all industries, increase their cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity, also a must for manufacturing companies

Cybersecurity is a tough topic for many manufacturing companies. Gaps in cybersecurity can have a wide variety of consequences, such as data and economic loss, a drop in operational reliability and damage to reputation. To help manufacturing companies arm themselves against the increasing barrage of cyberattacks, Sirris organised a webinar specifically for this target group on 12 November 2020. We proposed relevant cybersecurity solutions and explained best practices to improve production cybersecurity. The webinar focused on simple pragmatic solutions that are also feasible for SMEs, as well as best practices to improve cybersecurity at these companies.

Training courses on secure mobile apps arming mobile app development companies

The importance of mobile services and apps are constantly increasing in these times of digital business transformation. The mobile internet is growing exponentially and is speeding up demand for mobile app development. On the other hand, the rapid growth of the mobile internet casts the spotlight on the vulnerability of mobile apps. Mobile apps are the most frequent target for cyberattacks.
 
As part of the Trusted mobile apps ESF project, started in December 2019, a training programme was launched to strengthen the cybersecurity competencies of business leaders and employees working at app development companies to create trusted mobile apps. By raising awareness and organising a practical training programme, we are aiming to share the essential cybersecurity and data privacy competencies and skills. Companies taking part in the training programme boost not only their technical competencies, but also the additional skills required to produce secure and user-friendly mobile apps. This limits the potential risk in the future and if cyberattacks and data leaks occur, the companies are equipped to react and take action as appropriate.

Three-week plan to improve security posture with AppSec

‘Shift security left’ is a popular paradigm in the IT industry. The majority of start-ups are keen to adopt it in theory, but they come up against obstacles when applying it in practice. There are no general guidelines on how to start applying application security. The basic idea is to find security vulnerabilities as early as possible during software development, leaving less reworking to be done later. It is simply faster and cheaper. Knowing how to start AppSec is therefore valuable.

The existing strategies may be more suitable for companies with a specific security posture but there are no general guidelines on how to start applying application security, especially if the start-up has limited resources and expertise. Which basic measures should be taken to devise a clear plan to optimise security maturity and be ready to answer customer questions on trust and security?

Driven by the passion to find a pragmatic solution for start-ups that really works, Sirris spent almost three months on research and brainstorming. What was the outcome? A straightforward three-week plan to raise your security posture. The plan builds further on the DevSecOps philosophy and on the OWASP standards.