Protecting Syrian Civil Society

Securing Syrian Organizations with Cyber Security and Educational Capacity Building.

SYRIAN CIVIL SOCIETY CAPACITY BUILDING

The internet is a lifeline for Syrian civil society organisations (CSOs). CSOs rely on the internet  to organise, provide aid, teach women and youth, document war crimes and voice dissent. Our newly piloted Cyber Security and Remediation audits (CyberSAR) build the capacity of CSOs to protect their data,use the internet safely, and provide educational content to Syrian women and youth.

Why it matters?

Syrian humanitarian and community actors need the internet to function. Local NGOs are able to help people on the ground because they are backed by large, external NGOs. Access to a safe and secure internet is what makes this assistance work.

Syrian civil society sees the internet as a lifeline for political freedom – to ensure that dissenting voices are heard, war crimes are documented, and communities can connect across the bloody divides of sectarian fear and hatred.

The prolonged conflict has been extremely disruptive for education. In providing women and youth with education, Syrian civil society has stepped up to fill this gap, using the internet.

These groups are increasingly targeted through cyberspace by a range of state and non-state actors. A cyber-security breach can have serious cascading effects: operations can be compromised, information can be lost or stolen, staff members as well as partners and beneficiaries can be put at extreme risk.

Non-violent Syrians must understand the risks posed online, and become better able to protect themselves. And yet, most CSOs — and their individual staff members — often lack adequate capacity to identify, respond to and mitigate the risks of operating within a digital warfront. Digital threats manifest across multiple and distributed channels, through targeted attacks, profiling of personnel and supports, and theft of sensitive information. SalamaTech can help. Through institutional audits, ongoing digital security training and remediation support, SalamaTech aims to provide Syrian CSOs with the tools, resources and information to protect their staff’s data and information while at rest and in transit in the field.

At the same time, Syrian CSOs need support in finding and translating appropriate educational material to help fill the gap of more traditional learning institutions forced to close due to the conflict. SalamaTech helps to foster learning on digital literacy skills by finding, translating and preparing new learning material on related subjects, which our digital technology first responders introduce to Syrian CSOs.

SalamaTech works with grassroots and established Syrian CSOs to respond to digital threats and emergencies, develop digital safety policies based on best practices for the Syrian environment, raise awareness about the threat of poor digital safety practices, and provide learning material.

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Posted by ‎SalamaTech – سلامتك‎ on Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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Organizations Protected & Supported

Our CyberSAR audits provide Syrian organisations staff with:

Risk Assessments

Real-time Remediation

Security Policy Development

Emergency Tech Support

Ongoing Malware Remediation

Digital Literacy Learning material

What Syrians Are Saying About Our Work

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