INTERREG BOTNIA-ATLANTICA AND INTERREG NORD 2014-2020 22 What risks and threats does digitalisation bring for small and medium-sized companies? The Interreg Nord cross-border project CYNIC is working to increase awareness of this very issue. With webinars, close collaboration with companies, safety labs – and a card game – the project has made a real difference for many companies. Most companies nowadays rely on IT-systems to carry out their business, but in a world of hackers and malware, the threats to digital security never cease. CYNIC is an initiative in the border area between northern Sweden and Finland that gives small and medium-sized companies in the region deeper insights into – and increased awareness of – information and security problems as well as practical help to reduce risks. – The project should inspire and contribute to creating healthy IT behavior among employees. Instead of the small and mediHelping small and medium sized companies with information security CYNIC Lead partner: Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Project partner: Centria Research and Development, Finland. Priority area: Entrepreneurship. um-sized companies handing over information security to someone else, the result will now hopefully be more awareness of security in everyday work, says Johan Lugnet, project manager and researcher at Luleå University of Technology. It doesn’t matter what technical solutions a company has unless everyone in the organisation also has a basic understanding of risks and threats. – Only two or three years ago, it was thought that information security was something for the IT department at a company. That is no longer the case. It is up to everyone who handles the digital systems, says Åsa Ericson, researcher at Luleå University of Technology and part of the CYNIC team. – The knowledge about information security is also not something static, but something that must always live in the culture of a company, says Martin Lundgren, researcher at Luleå University of Technology and part of the CYNIC team.