The project “Developing cybersecurity education and awareness program for small and medium-sized enterprises in Kosovo” was funded through the 2022 Fulbright Alumni Small Grants (FASG), and it was implemented by Fulbright Alumni, Arianit Maraj and Besnik Duriqi. The project aimed to train and raise awareness among employees about the risks they may face while working on the Internet. The project’s primary goal was to train at least 120 employees and managerial staff from 10 different business organizations; however, the project exceeded expectations, training 144 employees from 25 organizations.
All the training sessions focused on the importance of cybersecurity and how employees can actively participate in protecting personal and sensitive business data. Through questionnaires designed for training sessions, the project identified the shortcomings of the company’s staff and worked to educate employees on how to avoid falling prey to cyber-attacks. The results of the questionnaires showed that the training had a direct impact on the cybersecurity of the targeted organizations. The project successfully raised awareness among employees of small and medium-sized businesses in Kosovo and helped them become more vigilant in protecting personal and sensitive business data. The interest from businesses to join the training sessions was very high, and the success of the project has highlighted the need for similar activities for other organizations in the future.