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What Digital Expertise Do SMEs Really Need?

We constantly hear that companies of all shapes and sizes need people with digital skills. But what are the real, concrete needs of SMEs in Europe?  

Do businesses require more experts in IoT, Cloud or Cybersecurity? Are higher education institutions able to supply skilled Digital Experts to the job market? Do SMEs want to hire inhouse staff or contract in expertise as needed?  

Please use this discussion thread to share your experience and insights on this topic, and let's work together to understand the real digital skills needs of European companies.  

Hello everyone!

SMEs are often perceived as an easy target for cyber attacks. Since COVID and remote working, SMEs have been facing a tremendous increase in cyber attacks.
This is why ENISA has released a report on "Cybersecurity for SMEs - Challenges and Recommendations", in response to the COVID19 pandemic.

In this report, ENISA assessed how European SMEs were dealing with cybersecurity challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and drafted recommendations to address those challenges.

Among the most common cybersecurity incidents, there are for instance stolen laptops, CEO fraud, ransomwares, email account hijacks. This can happen to everyone, no company is "too small" or "not interesting enough" for cyber criminals!

You can read the report as well as the recommendations here:…

A must read!

Best wishes,


I talk about Italy and the situation that I know.

Higher education institutions as high school, university are not ready about this themes.

Micro-small companies are not ready to hire people with higher education, because we had a big gap of knowledge also in the companies, due to the fact that the topic is not know and the enterpreneur doesn't know which development could be have his/her structures and organization in terms of competitiveness and longevity.

We need to improve knowledge in the companies with trainer, education and at the same time train people about the digital at the hight school and university. 

This is the possibility that offer and demand can match, because they talk about it, with the same competences and knowledges.

If we carry on with high digital education by forming only one of the parties, they will never meet.

Thanks for discussion.

Best regards