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





Cyberwatching will join FIC2020 with two key initiatives aiming at raising awareness on cybersecurity and bringing into the spotlight key services, tools and solutions for European SMEs that can help them react to online threats and become more cybersecure.

Future Events

The Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 9-13 December 2019. 

09/12/2019 to 13/12/2019 is going to present its cybersecurity training solution at a joint information stand at FIC 2020, in Lille (France), on 28-30 January 2020.

Cybersecurity has become a major priority for organisations to protect themselves against cyberattacks, and due to the rising concerns about data risks to information security, companies of all sizes, and public sector organisations around Europe need trained professionals to help fill skills gap, key for developing cybersecurity processes.

28/01/2020 to 30/01/2020