We’re building a culture of digital safety among civil society and independent media organizations.
Since 2016, the CyberSTAR Eurasia team has been helping small, at-risk organizations protect themselves, their staff and their beneficiaries from an expanding universe of cyber threats. We do that by guiding them through a systematic process of identifying their vulnerabilities and adopting safer practices. And we are currently most active in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
CyberSTAR stands for Cyber Safety Training, Assessment and Response.
This is the Foundation’s field-tested digital safety “first aid” framework, first developed in the early 2010s. From organizational audits through remediation and staff training, it makes digital safety accessible by framing it as six “points” of a star:
- Risks: Recognizing digital deception via social engineering, phishing and malware.
- Passwords: Protecting assets with strong password management and authentication.
- Devices: Securing desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones and other devices.
- Data: Protecting important information from unauthorized access, theft and corruption.
- Conversations: Protecting text, audio and video exchanges from unauthorized access.
- Identity: Protecting personal information that can fuel social engineering and impersonation.
To support graduates’ long-term progress, the team provides technical support, fosters a digital-safety champions network and publishes alerts on emerging digital threats. And we are always striving to widen our impact, including through public awareness campaigns and online digital-safety resources. We also provide shorter-term digital safety training and clinics, including for individuals, often in partnership with major events for civil society organizations.
The CyberSTAR difference
CyberSTAR has matured into The SecDev Foundation’s core methodology for supporting small, at-risk civil society organizations globally. We’re using it to help organizations become more digitally resilient—across Eurasia, but also in the Middle East and North Africa, in Southeast Asia, and beyond.
Nobody else does what CyberSTAR does. Other providers also offer free or low-cost, comprehensive audit reports. What CyberSTAR offers is measurable progress—more secure technical and human assets—through a unique integration of audit, preventive remediation and staff training. Of course, organizations do get a concise audit report, but the primary output is practical, lasting change.
Self-Help Resources by CyberSTAR (English)
Teaching Resources by CyberSTAR (English)
CyberSTAR on Facebook (Russian)
Does your organization operate in Eurasia and need digital safety assistance? Email us at [email protected] or reach us on Signal at +44 7421012110 for more information.