News, Inspiration and Further Reading
Here’s a list of curated articles that we found helpful or inspirational.
Here is a article offering 10 areas where companies can improve their processes and workflows to boost the security of their organization when undergoing digital transformation. Oh and BTW, technology is ranked only 10th.
Patrick Coomans keeps an up-to-date list on Twitter with almost 700 cybersecurity startups and scaleups.
Interesting article from the World Economic Forum on the importance of small businesses, and how they can increase their cybersecurity resilience using a toolkit from the Global Cyber Alliance.
The EU Digital Transformation Scoreboard 2018 data analysis show that more Member States perform considerably above the EU-28 average in terms of digital technology integration.
Thanks to its high overall performance, Belgium ranks as a European front runner in the fields of supply and demand of digital skills, investments and access to finance, and digital infrastructures. However, Belgium lags slightly behind in the field of business creation in the ICT sector.
Contrary to popular belief, Europe’s billion-dollar tech companies, known in the tech industry as “unicorns,” are growing faster than their rivals in the U.S., which has ruled the tech roost for decades thanks to companies like Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon.
The fact that European unicorns are outpacing U.S. rivals was highlighted in a report published Wednesday by investment banking firm GP Bullhound, which helps tech founders and entrepreneurs to navigate funding rounds and acquisitions.
Read the full article at FORBES
Robert van Beek and Koen Vanderhoydonk wrote a book on Regtech, with the help of a number of guest contributors, including Patrick Coomans. Topics covered include CyberSecurity, Risk Management, Regulatory reporting, Women in Regtech, KYC, Bigger picture.
OECD book: Measuring the Digital Transformation: A Roadmap for the Future provides new insights into the state of the digital transformation by mapping indicators across a range of areas – from education and innovation, to trade and economic and social outcomes – against current digital policy issues, as presented in Going Digital: Shaping Policies, Improving Lives. In so doing, it identifies gaps in the current measurement framework, assesses progress made towards filling these gaps and sets-out a forward-looking measurement roadmap. The goal is to expand the evidence base, as a means to lay the ground for more robust policies for growth and well-being in the digital era.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development estimates more than 80% of the trade hit by US and Chinese tariffs will be picked up by other countries – with the EU set to make the biggest gains.
Concerted and creative new solutions are needed to enable women to seize new opportunities in the automation age; without them, women may fall further behind in the world of work.
Women and men face a similar scale of potential job losses and gains, but in different areas. To adapt to the new world of work, they will need to be skilled, mobile, and tech savvy.
The primary goal of our short report is to provide an insight into the nature of successful European accelerators. We did this by using our internally developed scoring model. In addition, we provide a simple path of evolution of the ecosystem as well as our projections for further developments in this field.
Article on Forbes about the TrustedFintech program, created by Patrick Coomans for B-Hive Europe in order to increase the CyberSecurity resilience of Fintech startups and scaleups.
Article by Patrick Coomans: Data breaches continue to dominate the headlines. A worrying observation is the steep increase of smaller third-party suppliers who get hacked: so-called third-party vendor breaches. Hackers are using the lower cybersecurity maturity of startups and scale-ups to their benefit in hacking large enterprises, such as banks and insurance companies. Sometimes it is as easy as hacking a third-party plug-in or a chatbot in order for perpetrators to use that as a bridge head and steal data.
Frank Diana wrote a great article about maturity levels of ecosystems, and how - in the end - we will see more and more business model collaboration, enabled by open data and API’s.
Excellent summary of the most active technology investors in Belgium.
Written by Omar Mohout, entrepreneurship fellow at Sirris.
Here’s a somewhat older article, but still very relevant, that summarizes a number of useful frameworks to evaluate if certain online marketplaces or platforms will be a success rather than failure.
Written by Matt Collins.