On 12 November 2009, Hessen Agentur and the State of Hessen invited stakeholders to spend an evening dedicated to IT security for micro enterprises at the Brussels representation of the State of Hessen. Secretary of State Nicola Beer in her welcome address to more than 80 participants thanked ENISA for targeting micro enterprises, “the real giants of European economy”, and for entrusting Hessen Agentur with the development of the online tool underlining the importance of Hessen as ICT region. ENISA’s Dr. Ronald De Bruin in setting the scene for ENISA’s engagement outlined threats and vulnerabilities, and referred to the specific needs of micro enterprises in facing those challenges on a day-to-day basis.
Subsequent to the political openings Christian Schülke introduced the subject matter of motivating micro enterprises. Hessen Agentur project manager Olaf Jüptner continued by presenting the newly developed online tool. Based on a methodology developed by ENISA and as part of ENISA Work Programme 2009, Hessen Agentur has realised a toolkit enabling multipliers such as sectoral associations and/or regional authorities to easily address their micro enterprise constituency with their own, branded security awareness campaign. Presentations were followed by a reception providing further opportunity of networking among key multiplier organisations and political decision-makers.
Secretary of State Nicola Beer (left) and ENISA’s Dr. Ronald De Bruin (centre) with project team at the Brussels Representation of the State of Hessen.