For many SMEs, knowledge is power. Their business – and competitive edge – depends on their knowledge of markets and their product. Businesses can protect some of their most strategic insights through trade secrets.
Sandrine Kergroach is Head of SME and Entrepreneurship Performance, Policies and Mainstreaming unit at the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE). She leads the work on innovation, internationalisation and the scaling up of SMEs and start-ups, their productivity and ESG performance. She supervises activities related to policy monitoring, the development of data infrastructure and the OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook. She also leads efforts for mainstreaming SME&E policy considerations. Sandrine holds a Doctorate in Economics (TU Berlin), a Master in Strategy and Management (Paris Dauphine-PSL), a Master in Modern History (Paris Sorbonne) and a Bachelor in Applied Economics and Statistics (Paris Dauphine-PSL).
Shielding SMEs – how to boost their defence against cyberattacks
Cyberattacks can spell disaster for businesses of all sizes, but especially smaller firms. The median cost of a ransomware attack can amount to up to USD 1.2 million, and up to USD 1.6 million in the case of computer data breach. Urgent action is needed to support SMEs in better preparing and managing digital security risks.