Several government platforms for promotion, awareness raising and information on how to use new information and communication technologies in a more secure manner have been put in place by the authorities, destined for the general public and businesses
Launched on 8 June 2015, the national platform for the promotion of cybersecurity SECURITYMADEIN.lu is an initiative from the economic interest group 'Security made in Lëtzebuerg' (SMILE) which was mandated in 2010 by the Ministry of the Economy to promote and strengthen information security in Luxembourg.
The four objectives of SECURITYMADEIN.lu are:
- to coordinate government initiatives like BEE SECURE (awareness raising for the general public), CASES (promotion of information security in businesses) and CIRCL (post-incident coordination and action services);
- to back and make more visible the awareness raising and support actions of these different initiatives among their target audience;
- to promote the whole information security community;
- to develop a cybersecurity ecosystem which will make the stakeholders and services related to information security in Luxembourg more visible.
Luxembourg's approach to information security consists of establishing security as an infrastructure by making it affordable and easy to access for all.
Launched on 8 November 2010, BEE SECURE is a common initiative from the Ministry of the Economy, the Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region and the Ministry of Eduction, Children and Youth. It includes all the necessary actions for raising awareness on how to use new information and communication technologies more securely.
The objective of the Safer Internet Plus programme from the European Commission is to encourage European citizens to use new information technologies securely and confidently. In line with this policy, the main strategic priorities of the Safer Internet Plus programme, as well as those of the BEE SECURE project as part of this programme, are:
- to promote a safer use of the internet and current communication technologies, in particular among young users;
- to educate users in this area, particularly children, teenagers, parents, teachers and educators;
- to combat online illegal content and dangerous behaviour.
For the BEE SECURE project, these strategic priorities translate into the following operational objectives:
- making the Luxembourg population aware of the risks related to online security;
- disseminating information, tools, advice and best practices to deal with these issues;
- providing a contact point for any questions related to online security (Helpline);
- providing an interface to receive notifications of illegal content from the public and to process these notifications in cooperation with the competent authorities (Stopline).
CASES.lu, Cyberworld Awareness & Security Enhancement Services, is the information security portal designed for SMEs, citizens and administrations of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
The CASES project aims to raise awareness among internet users on the issues linked to the security of communication and information systems and networks. The website provides a three-pronged approach:
- SOS - require assistance;
- protect yourself;
- master security.
Moreover, the site provides regular information on IT-related dangers and alerts. In addition, CASES.lu provides different services and an anonymous alert system which makes it easy for citizens and SMEs to get to grips with the topic.
The Computer Incident Response Center Luxembourg(CIRCL) is a government initiative for the private sector, municipalities and non-government entities which aims to provide a systematic response centre for threats and incidents that affect computer security.
The objective of CIRCL is to provide optimal protection for information and communication systems, guaranteeing an alert and warning system for users in Luxembourg.
CIRCL is a member of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams(FIRST), a global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to bringing together intervention teams in the event of an incident linked to computer security (CSIRTs). The organisation assembles intervention teams from over 240 businesses, government bodies, universities and institutions.
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