European project SECURE FORCE
Pro-active intelligence and support programme to stimulate European SMEs faced with research issues in the field of ICT security
The aim of SECURE FORCE was to promote the involvement of SMEs / SMEs grouping in existing and new European R&D Projects in the field of security, through an innovative methodology based on awareness creation, knowledge sharing, support, training and match-making actions, involving the world leaders in the sector.
The SECURE FORCE ETI project addressed the global Security issues that represented more than 13 billion Euro in 2004. Specific attention was paid to:
- Cyber crime & terrorism related issues (privacy and data protection and network and info security).
- Hardware management.
- Crisis management.
SECURE FORCE wanted to contribute to reduce the fragmentation of Security sectors by creating synergies and interactions between research and innovation activities carried out at national, regional and European level. The SECURE FORCE project targeted active SMEs/SMEs groupings dealing with research issues in the mentioned sectors.
The SECURE FORCE consortium gathered 23 organisations coming from 14 different European countries: France, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Luxembourg, Germany, Israel, UK, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, and Cyprus. The final objective was to disseminate the project results to 3000 relevant SMEs (within 3 years) in at least 14 EU countries. Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum was one of the 23 project partners and received a total of 77.300 Euros for supporting SMEs in Baden-Württemberg. SECURE FORCE started on the 1st of January 2006 and was funded by the innovation programme of the European Commission for 36 months.