The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the entrenchment of digital habits, such as e-commerce, remote working, etc. The health crisis has also highlighted the vulnerability of SMEs across all sectors and led to a proliferation of cyber-attacks. SMEs often lack the expertise and resources to combat cyber threats. It is therefore crucial to raise their awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to support them in increasing their cyber-resilience.
In order to meet this need, the SPF Economy, S.M.E.s, Self-employed and Energy is launching 5 calls for projects today aimed at strengthening the cyber resilience of SMEs (<50 full-time equivalent) and self-employed workers who are active in traditional (non-technological) sectors with low cyber-security maturity.
These 5 calls for projects are part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP).
There are 4 national and 1 regional calls for projects:
- National call for projects – Organisational measures
- National call for projects – Technical measures
- National call for projects – Training and access to skills
- National call for projects – Professional support
- Regional call for projects – Specific transversal projects
This action is carried out under the supervision of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration, Public Enterprises, Telecommunication and the Postal Services, Mrs Petra De Sutter; and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Self-Employed, SMEs and Agriculture, Institutional Reforms and Democratic Renewal, Mr David Clarinval.
Candidates may submit their project until 31 October 2022.