The Cybersecurity and Data Protection toolkit, developed by the British High Commission Pretoria and the South African Department for Communications Digital Technology, contains free open licence tools, templates and guides that equip small businesses with the foundational training materials and resources they need to increase their cybersecurity resilience and become compliant with the POPI Act.
Anyone working at a hub who would like to increase their knowledge on cybersecurity and data protection to protect their personal and organisational data and work.
Hub facilitators looking to train up SMMEs on cybersecurity and data protection – core trainings required for any digitally-enabled business.
Anyone looking for free and easy-to-use resources and tools to protect their business or personal information and systems.
There are six cybersecurity toolboxes comprising introductory learning content and a collection of accessible and free digital tools and downloadable guides that you and your entrepreneurs can use to assess and protect personal and organisational data and information.
Start by taking an inventory of your devices and accounts to identify risks and discover which items need to be secured.
Keep your systems updated to boost your digital immunity against threats such as viruses and spyware.
Strengthen your passwords and use multifactor authentication to protect your devices and accounts.
Protect your systems from malware and phishing attacks, which are common and very expensive for small businesses.
Backup your data and files regularly to safeguard your work should you fall victim to a cyberattack.
Ensure your brand name and email address are not used by others pretending to be you.
This tool helps hubs and entrepreneurs test and practice their response to a cyberattack. It’s completely free and you don’t have to be an expert to use it.
These resources have been developed for South African small businesses to align with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act, and include process documentation and policy templates. Start by downloading and reading our POPI Toolkit Guidance document.