Information and cyber security is a challenge for business. SME in cooperarion with scientist and public organisations in the Baltic Sea Region need to adress these issues in order to secure future business. The challenges are similar in all countries around the Baltic Sea, This project aims to identify  the barriers for SME and to adress some possible solutions that will be an input to applications to Horizont 2020 and Interreg BSR 2014-2020.

Information and cyber security is to become one of world’s crucial leaders in this rapidly developing and exploiting fields in the current geopolitical context. It is in a great importance for the Baltic Sea Region companies and institutions both private and public.

With the growing use of ICT services, the number of information security incidents is also increasing. Internet security tools as well as effective prevention of crime in cyberspace have become an increasingly important area in the use of electronic communication services. The importance ICT security in general and critical infrastructure especially, was also underlined by the EU institutions in EC Communication "Protecting Europe from large scale cyber-attacks and disruptions: enhancing preparedness, security and resilience" 2009. COM(2009).

According to Eurostat (data of 2010), about 80% of Internet users in Lithuania use data protection software (anti-virus software, spam blocking, general internal 3/27/2013 39 network firewall protection). Nevertheless, nearly one third of consumer computers had been infected by viruses and suffered the loss of information or time. The most common e-security threats are viruses (49% of respondents) and spam (29% of respondents). The most common network and information security incidents for companies were junk mail and computer viruses (data of 2010). Threat by junk, unwanted emails is increasing (increase of 8.7% since 2009).

The project will contribute to the implementation of the EU- BSR Strategy and the area of sustainable growth for increased prosperity. In the updated strategy from june 2015 the area of innovation, SME and a common market for digital services have joined in the same policy area called innovation. The focus of this project is to contribute in developing a common digital market for SME in the BSR by focusing on security issues for these companies. Utilising the competence within universities and research institutions. 

The project also will contribute to the implementation of the participant countries’ smart specialization strategies as the different countries strength and competencies will be utilised  and the added value of joint knowledge and capcaity is what we are aiming for.

AIM and Objectives

The aim of this project is to build the competence and raise the awareness of cyber security for SMEs focusing on improvment their product and services  in context of changing cybersecurity environment, and contribute to solving  the grand challenges in the Baltic Sea region

The existing security failures in the IT infrastructure in a world of hacker groups, cyberterrorism and information warfare could find the business threathen if the cyber security is not realised. This issue is escpecially a threath to SMEs providing IT services  and IT applications as many of them might not be aware of all existing security risks.  This project is trying to ensure secure and reliable communication channels, confidence in modern information technologies, health and protection of citizens and sensitive data.

The project will focus on SMEs who are working within the ICT area, focusing on building the competence, raising the awareness of cyber security, improving their product and services offer.

The project seeks to address potential and existing security threats to citizen privacy and civil data owned and operated by SMEs, health and educational organizations and municipalities.

During the project implementation the network in Information and Cyber Security area addressing the needs of SMEs and public and private  institutions in the Baltic Sea Region will be establish and enlarged.

The short-term project objectives are:

- Identify the needs of SMEs to get a clear understanding how to support/help the development, improvement and security of their business

- Ensure development/ improvement and security for SMEs’ products and services (elaborate and test the tool/methology)

- Improve the competence of SMEs in cyber security area

- Prepare an application for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2014-2020 program where these issues will be addressed in full depth

Establish the Consortium for the preparation of  a project proposal for Horizon2020


The partners in this seed money project has its origin from the flagship BSR Stars and the StarDust project. The partners are:

Iftac AB, Hudiksvall, Sweden, lead partner

Acreo Swedish ICT AB, Stockholm & Hudiksvall, Sweden

Fiber Optic Valley, Hudiksvall, Sweden

Latvian Information Technology Cluster, Riga, Latvia

Vilnius Gedeminas Technical University, Vilnius, Lithuania

This project has been supported by a seed project grant of the Swedish Institute.