Launches Public French Version of GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business
LILLE, FRANCE, Jan. 28,, 2020 – The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), an international nonprofit dedicated to eradicating cyber risk, today announced a partnership with Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr, a public service focused on cybercrime awareness, prevention, and response for the French population. The two organizations will explore initiatives to help entities in France improve their level of preparedness and response against cyber threats. GCA is also launching the French version of its Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business, an online resource providing free tools and practical guidance to this critical sector. The announcement was made at the FIC 2020 International Cybersecurity Forum, one of the leading European conferences on cybersecurity.
A key element of the partnership between GCA and Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr will be a campaign to foster the widespread implementation of DMARC, an email authentication standard, across France as a basic protection against phishing, business email compromise (BEC), and spam attacks. In fact, phishing is a significant threat in France, and DMARC stops most email impersonation. GCA has an established track record with awareness campaigns and supporting the implementation of this important email authentication protocol. Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr will make GCA’s DMARC resources available through its online portal, empowering the community to take action against this threat.
“We are particularly happy that GCA is adapting their DMARC support resources for our small businesses in France. It is a natural step for us to let our indexed providers have access to all these resources, which will help them deploy this essential standard in the fight against cybercrime at their customers’ systems,” declared Jérôme Notin, General Director of Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr.
The partnership will also focus on helping small businesses address cyber risk through awareness campaigns and resources, including the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business. The French-translated version of the toolkit offers actionable guidance and tools to one of the largest economic segments of France. Small businesses represent 99.9% of all businesses in the French market. And more than 40% of all French small businesses have already suffered one or more cyberattacks. The most common attacks identified are phishing, malware, and ransomware. The toolkit includes operational tools, policies, and how-to materials that specifically address not only these risks but other common threats.
By implementing the controls and best practices outlined in the toolkit, businesses can protect against more than 85% of common attacks, thus significantly reducing the risk landscape for themselves, their clients, and the entire commercial ecosystem.
Klara Jordan, GCA Executive Director for the European Union and Africa, said: “Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr performs a tremendously important role in not only assisting the victims of cybercrime but in providing practical tools to increase the resilience of the ecosystem, and we are proud to partner with them. This represents a remarkable opportunity to further strengthen our relationship with France and build on our existing commitments to operationalize the cyber hygiene principles outlined in the 2018 Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace. One of our guiding philosophies is to unite communities, and this collaboration enables us to bring cybersecurity resources to scale while developing new initiatives in support of our mutual goals for securing cyberspace.”
About the Global Cyber Alliance
The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to eradicating cyber risk and improving our connected world. We achieve our mission by uniting global communities, implementing concrete solutions, and measuring the effect. Learn more at www.globalcyberalliance.org.
Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr is the French public service in charge of bringing support to the victims of cybercrime, raising awareness about cyber risks and the best practices to prevent them, and monitoring cyberthreats across the country. Its target groups are common citizens, businesses (micro and small) as well as local authorities.