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Navigating cybersecurity: Guidance for (I)CSO professionals

by International Civil Society Centre; Cyber Peace Institute

Published | April 2022

Countering digital risks


"Navigating cybersecurity" focuses on data protection and security, prevention and mitigation of cyberattacks, and sustainable cybersecurity support for local civil society.

Why read

The guide enables civil society actors to better respond to cybersecurity challenges and digital threats.


Within the SANE framework, the International Civil Society Centre and the CyberPeace Institute convened a series of SANE curated conversations to exchange know-how and strengthen the cybersecurity capacity of (I)CSOs. Based on key insights from these conversations, the CyberPeace Institute has developed a cybersecurity guidance to share lessons learned and best practices to help civil society actors better respond to cybersecurity challenges and digital threats. The guidance provides steps to better protect organisations online and highlights further relevant resources and initiatives. It addresses (I)CSO professionals across different departments as cybersecurity needs to be everyone’s responsibility.

The guidance focuses on three interrelated topics:

1. Data protection and security – to equip (I)CSOs with knowledge and tools to protect the sensitive data of marginalised communities and vulnerable populations while providing essential services

2. Prevention and mitigation of cyberattacks – to raise awareness of digital threats that can affect (I)CSOs and how they can prepare for and respond to cyberattacks

3. Sustainable cybersecurity support for local civil society – to ensure that ICSOs also prioritise the cybersecurity of local civil society partners with whom they work



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