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Cybersecurity in SMEs: The Smart-Home/Office Use Case

Nikolaos Vakakis; Odysseas Nikolis; Dimosthenis Ioannidis; Konstantinos Votis; Dimitrios Tzovaras

Today, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) can be considered as the new big target for cyber attacks, while the cybercrime prevention is often neglected within their environment. This paper aims to investigate the characteristics of cybersecurity threats in the Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) ecosystem of a Smart-Home/Office environment being constituted by SMEs that contains various smart-devices and IoT equipment, smart-grid components, employees' workstations and medium sized networking equipment. As the Cyber-security in such an ecosystem is greatly demanding and challenging because of the various communication layers and the different supported IoT devices, we introduce a more robust, resilient and effective cybersecurity solution that can be effortlessly tailored to each individual enterprise's evolving needs and can also speedily adapt/respond to the changing cyber threat landscape. Thus, this Cyber-security framework will be evaluated through three major types of Smart-Home/Office datasets and will be supported from SME/ICT clusters under the framework of the Secure and Private Smart Grid (SPEAR) H2020 project. The first promising results of our work indicate the potential of implementing strong defence mechanisms for SMEs' environments within DIHs.

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