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IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off meeting of Cyber-MSME – Cybersecurity for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme

On December 10, 2020, IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of Cyber-MSME (Cybersecurity for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises), a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, which brings together six Partners from five countries (Belgium, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Spain). The Kick-Off Meeting, hosted by CTS Customized Training Solutions SP. Z O.O. (CTS), was originally planned in Brussels, but has been rescheduled online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Cybercrime is the fastest-growing form of criminal activity and appears to be targeting a specific segment of our economies. According to the latest figures, the economic impact of cybercrime rose fivefold between 2013 and 2017, and microenterprises and SMEs (MSMEs) – the backbone of the EU economy – are disproportionately impacted by the phenomenon.

Despite MSMEs being the most vulnerable group to the growing threat posed by cyberattacks, MSMEs are very seldom aware of the risks they face, let alone be prepared for them. In 2019, an industry report estimated that 66% of senior decision-makers in small businesses believe they are unlikely to be a target of online criminals (Keeper), whereas UNIPOL calculated that only 14% of MSMEs are prepared to tackle cyber threats (2018).

The European Commission acknowledged the pressing need to equip micro and small businesses with competences and tools to tackle cyber threats in order to make them more resilient in case of cyber-attacks. Not only are “skills shortages” already “hindering SMEs”, but also these are expected to grow in the future, to the point that “Europe will face a projected skills gap of 350.000 cybersecurity professionals by 2022”.

The Cyber-MSME project stands as a concrete response to this need.

Cyber-MSME will capitalise on the valuable experience of its Partnership to provide MSMEs with innovative and tailored training solutions and tools for MSMEs. In particular, partners will carry out the following activities:

  1. Develop the Cyber-MSME OER Platform, a repository of knowledge accessible to all, free of charge, in full Open Access mode and in multilingual versions (EN, IT, PO, RO, ES)
  2. Develop a shared methodology for the mapping of current trends, threats and opportunities and then consolidate the findings in a final report based on which the training and tools will be designed
  3. Define the professional profile of a Cyber-Security Expert within MSMEs so as to facilitate job matching between demand and supply: enterprises increasingly look for cybersecurity experts, and this makes for a great employment opportunity for young people
  4. Develop training courses and operational tools tailored to the needs of MSMEs
  5. Deliver the training to 150 target groups and collect feedback to fine tune the material created
  6. Develop guidelines to facilitate the uptake of Cyber-MSMEs so as to sustain project results beyond Erasmus co-financing and widen its range of impact

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and adult education services. IDP has 25 years of experience in international and cross-border collaboration in the field of promotion of entrepreneurship and employability. IDP will greatly contribute to the technical and operational activities of the Project carrying out analysis and stock-taking activities of the Italian VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

For further information on Cyber-MSME and other IDP initiatives:

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Cybersecurity for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises: Cyber-MSME has been approved!

In September 2020, the Polish Erasmus+ National Agency – INAPP communicated the approval of the Cyber-MSME: Cybersecurity for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training.

The economic impact of cybercrime rose fivefold between 2013 and 2017; cybercrime is the fastest-growing form of criminal activity, with companies being the first target with a cost to businesses estimated at $5.2 trillion worldwide by 2025. According to EUROPOL (“Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment” 2018) attacks are directed towards small businesses, that provide the greatest potential profits and the lowest resistance.

In this context, it’s of pivotal importance to empower EU citizens and entrepreneurs with the necessaries skills to prevent this threat.

Objectives of CYBER-MSME are:

  • bridge the skill gaps identified at EU and national levels for micro and small businesses on cybersecurity

  • develop innovative training to provide new skills and competences to entrepreneurs and staff of MSMEs

  • make it possible for young people to become “cybersecurity experts” and identify new jobs in MSMEs. The profile of cybersecurity experts is in high demand: in 2019, IBM reports that the number of cybersecurity job postings has grown 94%
  • contribute to the competitiveness and growth of EU micro and small businesses by providing more relevant and high-quality training and products to tackle the challenges of cybersecurity and better manage cyber threats

CYBER-MSME will be co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and will be implemented between 2020/22. The project brings together 6 partners from 5 countries (Belgium, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain).

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and adult education services. IDP has 25 years of experience in international and cross-border collaboration in the field of promotion of entrepreneurship and employability. IDP will greatly contribute to the technical and operational activities of the Project carrying out analysis and stock-taking activities of the Italian VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

For further information on CYBER-MSME and other IDP European Consultants initiatives:

www.idpeuropa.com

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