In the midst of the digital evolution, Ruse's economic portfolio highlights its role as a major economic center on the Danube coast. Despite the impressive data and continuous growth that the region shows, cyber security remains an integral part of a stable and successful business development.
Why should Rousse pay special attention to cyber security?
With the wide variety of sectors operating in the region – from wholesale trade to machinery manufacturing and courier services – the volume of data being created, processed and stored is growing exponentially. Each of these sectors becomes a desirable target for cyber attacks, which can lead to significant losses and potentially threaten the reputation of the Ruse region as an economic leader.
Specific threats to the region
- Protection of intellectual property:
- Cyber espionage: Leading companies in the field of machinery and equipment manufacturing invest significant resources in research and development. For example, a new manufacturing automation technology can be effectively "stolen" by competitors through hacking attacks before it is patented.
- Industrial spies: In addition to cyber attacks, physical efforts to infiltrate and steal information remain relevant. For example, an employee of a competing company may be hired to gain access to confidential projects or manufacturing processes.
- Commercial transactions:
- Theft of payment card data: In large commercial operations conducted online, hackers can attack and steal customer information such as credit card numbers, expiration dates, and CVV codes.
- Manipulation of transactional data: Imagine that a trading company enters into a large contract for the supply of goods. A hacker can change the bank details, thus transferring the payment to another account.
- Malware in online platforms: For example, a Trojan horse that, once installed, can steal or manipulate information during commercial transactions.
- Logistics systems:
- Disruption of transportation management systems: Hackers can get into the systems that manage shipping routes, which can cause chaos in deliveries.
- Unauthorized access to information systems: This may lead to the theft of customers' personal data and also to discrepancies between the ordered and shipped goods.
- Theft of GPS data: Hackers can steal or manipulate GPS data on vehicles, thereby altering shipping and delivery routes.
As technological advances and digitalization of business processes increase, specific cybersecurity threats are becoming more complex. That is why it is essential that companies in the Ruse region are informed and trained on these issues.
Recommendations for strengthening cyber security in Ruse
- Cross-sector alliances: For example, a company from the machinery manufacturing sector in Ruse can collaborate with a software company to develop innovative solutions to protect its intellectual property. Such partnerships can encourage the sharing of resources and knowledge to prevent cyberespionage.
- Cyber Security Cooperatives: Groups of SMEs can form cooperatives that jointly invest in cybersecurity and share resources and scientific knowledge.
- Local solutions:
- Specific software: Companies involved in online commerce can turn to local software developers to create specialized platforms that offer increased protection against malicious attacks.
- Specialized services: Local IT companies can develop individual solutions for the specific needs of logistics and courier companies in Ruse to protect their systems from unauthorized access or theft of GPS data.
- Educational initiatives:
- Specialized courses: The University of Ruse can offer courses specialized in cyber security, emphasizing the specific threats and needs of the region.
- Seminars and workshops: Holding regular seminars and trainings where representatives of SMEs and large enterprises can learn about the latest trends and solutions in the field of cyber security. Such events may focus on specific threats, such as protecting intellectual property or protecting payment systems.
- Online platforms: Creating online learning platforms where local businesses can access up-to-date cybersecurity resources and tools.
Rousse, with its dynamic and diversified economy, must make cyber security a priority. With the right approach and an active role of local institutions, the region can ensure that its economic success continues to grow, while simultaneously ensuring the security of business information and data.
The Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RTIK) is committed to an active role in supporting the business community in the region. The Chamber realizes the importance of cyber security and works actively to promote educational initiatives, consultations and partnerships to help increase the information security of companies in Ruse.