Workshop: Boosting security, data and IoT skills of SMEs

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Supporting Specialised Skills Development: Big Data, Internet of Things and Cybersecurity for SMEs (EASME/COSME/2017/007)

The European Commission and EASME took the initiative to analyse and support SMEs’ skills development for Big Data, Internet of Things and Cybersecurity. This initiative is managed by a consortium of Capgemini Invent, Technopolis Group and the European DIGITAL SME Alliance. Together with SMEs and other stakeholders, this initiative will develop a vision, identify support measures, prepare a roadmap and design a monitoring mechanism. The aim is to contribute to strengthening SMEs' workforce adaptability and capacity for the short to medium term.

The objective of the workshop is to discuss the consolidated analysis of the current state-of-play in Europe and to refine the roadmap consisting of supporting measures aimed at fostering skills development for SMEs. The workshop will also share two good practices that provide constructive insights related to the roadmap.

Date:                    19 November 2019, 10.00 – 15.00 hrs.
Location:             DIGITAL SME Alliance, Rue de du Commerce 123, 1000 Brussels, Belgium


10.00 hrs


Sebastiano Toffaletti, European DIGITAL SME Alliance,  

André Richier, European Commission

10.15 hrs

Workshop objectives

Niels van der Linden, Capgemini Invent



10.30 hrs

How an insurance company contributes to making SMEs more cyber-secure


Danny Jaspers, Business owner cyber-security Achmea

11.30 hrs

SME Datalab

Arjan van den Born, SME Datalab Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) – to be confirmed

12.30 hrs




13.30 hrs

A roadmap supporting Cyber, Data and IoT skills development in SMEs


Niels van der Linden, Capgemini Invent


Followed by a group discussion fuelled and moderated by the Consortium

14.45 hrs

Conclusions & wrap-up


Niels van der Linden, Capgemini Invent


15.00 hrs





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