SIWECOS stands for “Secure Websites and Content Management Systems” and helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) detect and fix security vulnerabilities on their websites.
One focus of the project is on concrete recommendations for action in the event of damage, while a second strong focus is on raising awareness among SMEs in the field of cyber security. A vulnerability scanner regularly checks the server systems of a small or medium-sized company for known vulnerabilities, or checks the web applications installed on them for security vulnerabilities. All tools were developed in accordance with the principle of secure by design.
One service for web hosting providers actively informs on acute security vulnerabilities and offers filter methods that can prevent cyber attacks before they reach the customer. In this way, the number of successful attacks will be reduced in the long-term, and the security of the Internet improved. At the same time, end users are protected from high financial loss and possible loss of data.
SIWECOS will improve the security of websites in the long-term and also raise SMEs’ awareness of the relevance of IT security. SIWECOS will enable SMEs to communicate at eye level with IT service providers.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s initiative “IT Security in the Economy” aims first and foremost to support small and medium-sized enterprises in their secure use of ICT-systems. The aim, in cooperation with IT security experts from the fields of science, economy, and administration, is to establish a basis upon which the generation of awareness in the digital economy of IT security for small and medium-sized companies can be strengthened. Companies should become enabled, through concrete measures of support, to improve their own IT security. Further information on the initiative and its services can be found at: www.it-sicherheit-in-der-wirtschaft.desicherheit-in-der-wirtschaft.de.