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Door Closed on the Net” campaign for more digital security in NRW companies

Threats in the digital space are steadily increasing. More and more companies, including in North Rhine-Westphalia, are affected by cyberattacks in which criminals often target sensitive data. To draw attention to digital dangers and provide information about ways to strengthen a company’s own IT security, the state is joining forces with 15 partner organizations to launch the “Tür zu im Netz” campaign.

Minister of Economics Mona Neubaur: “Not only the effects of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine make it clear that attacks from the digital space are now among the greatest threats to companies. Measures for more cyber security are therefore just as much a part of a company’s basic equipment as the alarm system. The ‘Close the door on the web’ campaign aims to raise awareness of threats from the digital space and show ways in which companies can strengthen their digital defenses and protect sensitive data. Together with the partner organizations, we are encouraging businesses in North Rhine-Westphalia to address the issue of cybersecurity. Because every company can better protect itself from cybercriminals without much effort.”

The website offers an uncomplicated way to make an appointment for the free consulting services offered by DIGITAL.SICHER.NRW and provides information about the state’s support program for more cyber security in companies. Small and medium-sized enterprises can receive financial support for cybersecurity measures through the “Mittelstand Innovativ & Digital” funding program in the “MID-Digitale Sicherheit” module. For example, investments in hardware, software and measures such as vulnerability analyses or training for employees are funded with up to 15,000 euros from state resources.

The “Close the door on the web” campaign is supported by:

  • Alliance for Security in Business West e.V. (ASW West e.V.)
  • North Rhine Medical Association, public corporation
  • Bitkom e.V.
  • Cyber Security Cluster Bonn e.V.
  • German Hotel and Restaurant Association North Rhine-Westphalia e.V. (DEHOGA NRW)
  • eurobits e.V.
  • North Rhine-Westphalia Trade Association (HV NRW)
  • Chamber of Industry and Commerce of North Rhine-Westphalia (IHK NRW)
  • Savings Banks Association of Westphalia-Lippe
  • Entrepreneur NRW
  • VDMA e.V. North Rhine-Westphalia Regional Association (VDMA NRW)
  • Association of Business Development and Development Companies in NRW e.V. (VWE NRW)
  • Association of Liberal Professions in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia e.V.
  • Association of the Electrical and Digital Industry NRW (ZVEI NRW)
  • West German Chamber of Commerce (WHKT)

The “Close the door on the Net” campaign is the first measure of the “Economy.Digital.Secure NRW” initiative. Together with chambers and industry representatives, the Ministry of Economics, supported by the “DIGITAL.SECURE.NRW” competence center, is developing a strategy for improved cybersecurity and resilience in the economy.

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