Cyber Self Defence Framework (CSDF)

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Online safety and security advice can be confusing for the average internet user, packed full of jargon and acronyms that leave the reader unsure on how to take simple steps to protect themselves and where best to start.

Understanding real world threats and risks to your identity, finances, data and devices is the key to prioritising your security investments. We’ve done the hard work for you in assessing how best to spend your time, effort and money in securing your digital world:

About the Cyber Self Defence Framework (CSDF)

The CSDF has been created by using Situational Crime Prevention (SCP) theory to identify 25 top level activities you can follow to deter, deflect and defend against cybercriminals.

Cybercrime is growing year on year and in some countries has superseded traditional crime types in volume and financial impact as the internet enables motivated and resourceful individuals, organised gangs and even nation states to target victims anywhere they spend time online. And research has shown that the more time you spend browsing, buying, communicating and creating in digital environments the risk of becoming a victim increases.

SCP, invented by Ron Clarke way back in the 1980s, is often used by Police to tackle common categories of ‘traditional’ crime like burglary and vehicle theft. It’s designed to reduce the opportunities for crime by making it harder, more risky or less rewarding for offenders to strike through 5 main mechanisms and 25 techniques based on Routine Activity Theory and crime specific patterns.

The CSDF proposes a set of situational security measures – tailored to common cyber enabled crimes including phishing, social engineering, malware and online scams and fraud – that could be applied by the average home internet user to help break the causal chain to prevent cybercrime occurring.

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