What is Digibetes and how to prevent getting it

DEFINITION: A person with limited knowledge of digital technology, or digital skills,  that cannot cope with digital media or computers has Digibetes. This is also defined as the lack of risk awareness when working with IT systems, the description is mainly used for people who have fallen behind in working on the web.

CAUSE: Digibetes is caused by ignorance or lack of proper education or training. It is manifested by a reduced level of consciousness in the field of IT security, resulting in unsafe practices and work with ICT applications.

TARGET: End-users, Managers or even ICT professionals.

TRANSMISSION: Infection usually takes place in the personal or business environment where people are not as accurate in the field of cybersecurity. Also, contamination can occur if there are too many barriers put in place for the work environment, in order to easily work with the ICT application. Passwords on post-it or under the keyboard are examples of this.

SYMPTHOMS: The use of the same password for multiple applications. Digibetes for example can also manifest itself in the web surfing without protection from virus scanners, or using unprotected public Wi-Fi networks, or to make a connection without setting up a proper VPN connection.

END RESULT: Stolen data, such as user IDs and passwords. Unjustified financial transactions. Loss of intellectual property through stolen documents or recipes. Become victims of Ransomware, invasion of privacy of employees, customers or patients. A derivative can be reputation damage to the organization by negative publicity.

PREVENTION: Continuous Security Awareness Training; Raising awareness in the IT Security field and identify risks when using the internet. Embedding in the methods of working and the area of responsibility of the individual employee or professional.

THREATMENT: If Digibetes has been diagnosed, inform the IT department, block high security accounts and change passwords. If necessary, revise authorization profiles. Block possible financial transactions and correct the bookings. If a data breach is detected file a report with the Dutch Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens. And above all set up a Security Awareness Program.


There is a simple way to determine whether you have Digibetes, or that you have a chance of getting Digibetes. Do the Digibetes check and prevent infection. Know what to do, to avoid infection.

Surf to the Digibetes Check, and sign in there with the contactform.