EU SMEs 2030: boosting cyber-resilience during the EU’s Digital Decade

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EU SMEs 2030: boosting cyber-resilience during the EU’s Digital Decade

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Accounting for 99% of all EU businesses and employing approximately 100mn people, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the EU’s Single Market. According to the EU’s digital targets, more than 90% of SMEs should reach at least a basic level of digitalisation by 2030. What are the digital tools, solutions and knowledge that SMEs need in order to survive and grow in the face of the ongoing geopolitical, security and energy crises?

Today, SMEs in Europe are confronting significantly bigger challenges, which threaten to roll back their digitalisation to pre-pandemic levels. Cyber-security obstacles come on top of a previous lack of funds and digital skills. According to a new Kantar survey of SMEs within French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Finnish and Swedish markets, 92% of SMEs now recognise that cyber-security is important to their enterprise Yet, only 16% of SMEs feel ‘very well prepared’ in the event of a cyber-security attack. Continuing SME digitalisation in Europe’s current geopolitical context requires boosting their digital skills and increasing their awareness about cyber-security threats. As the first line of defence, the SME workforce must stand central to that.

This Policy Insight debate looks at the role that the public and private sectors must play in creating an environment in which SMEs can continue riding the wave of digital growth where cyber-security is indispensable for the EU’s digital decade 2030. Europe’s future competitiveness and growth ultimately rely on the success of SMEs.

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Lunch and registration of participants
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  • How do the European Commission’s policies on cyber-resilience – particularly the European Cybersecurity Skills framework and the Cybersecurity Skills Academy – translate into the European skills agenda and education area? How will they facilitate the right framework conditions to support SMEs?
  • How can public and private actors coordinate their efforts in addressing the areas where the EU’s DESI index suggests deficits exist?
  • What are the tools and solutions that can be developed by leading companies in order to help SMEs overcome the hurdles posed by various regional infrastructures?

Moderator

Dharmendra Kanani

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Spokesperson of Friends of Europe

Speakers

Karen Massin

Head of EU Government Affairs and Public Policy at Google

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Karen Massin
Karen Massin

Head of EU Government Affairs and Public Policy at Google

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Specialised in EU regulatory and public affairs, Karen Massin currently leads Google’s EU government affairs and public policy operations in Brussels. She previously served as the CEO of public affairs consultancy BCW in Brussels, in which role she coordinated government affairs and communication consultancy with a focus on EU and international policy, as well as provided policy council and intelligence on EU public affairs issues.

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