Spain’s Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) recently held its first Family Cybersecurity Day, an initiative for employees and their family members aimed at raising awareness and educating them about the potential risks derived from online activities and digital habits that have become part of everyday life.
Around 800 people attended the inaugural event, held on May18 at BBVA City, the group’s Madrid headquarters, to enjoy various activities designed for every family member.
“The experience has been a resounding success”, said Ana Gómez Blanco, BBVA head of security culture, who confirmed that the event will be held regularly in future.
“Security is a priority for BBVA, and this initiative has been included in our map of activities, which aims to ensure that all employees embrace safe behaviours as part of our daily lives when handling professional and personal information.”
Education is key
The event offered a series of practical workshops and presentations for various ages. For children aged five to eight, a game was hosted that invited them to recognise some of the most common online risks; children aged nine to 12 participated in a workshop where they learned how to protect themselves from cyberattacks and other threats; and teenagers could consult two computer experts and learn the implications of sharing personal content online and how to conveniently set up their social networks to protect their privacy.
Participants over 60 refreshed their digital skills and learned how to detect scams, protect their digital identity and properly set up their devices. Adults also attended a series of talks and lectures, including a special session of the ‘Aprendemos Juntos (We Learn Together)’ program, where BBVA employees and their families had the opportunity to chat with professor Juan Antonio de Vicente about school bullying and how to detect and fight against cyberbullying.
The event also included a magic show for all ages, where the audience were given tips on how to build cyber-safe habits at home.
“Without a doubt the internet and social media are an area where, once again, education plays a key role. said Roberto Ortiz, BBVA’s global head of people information security.
“We need to create safe environments and also to bring up responsible users that possess the required digital skills to avoid attacks, stay safe, take care of their privacy and be ready for the new challenges that come with the digital age.
“This initiative is yet another contribution to BBVA’s purpose of bringing the age of opportunity to everyone, this time by promoting knowledge and good practices to safely enjoy the advantages of the digital world.”
The bank noted that for the sixth consecutive year, the European Commission and the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) has designated October “European Cybersecurity Month” in order to promote cybersecurity across the EU.
The goal is to raise awareness of cybersecurity, identify and change unsafe behaviour and provide users with resources to learn how to protect themselves online.
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