May 11-15, 2015
The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), is organizing an Executive-led Cyber Security Business Development Mission to Poland and Romania from May 11-15, 2015
The purpose of the mission is to introduce U.S. firms and trade associations to Eastern and Central Europe’s information and communication technology (ICT) security and critical infrastructure protection markets and to assist U.S. companies to find business partners and export their products and services to the region. The mission is intended to include representatives from U.S. companies and U.S. trade associations with members that provide cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, and emergency management technology equipment and services. The mission will visit Poland and Romania, where U.S. firms will have access to business development opportunities across the Eastern and Central European region. Participating firms will gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects, with the goal of increasing U.S. exports of products and services to Eastern and Central Europe. The mission will include customized one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners; meetings with state and local government officials and industry leaders; and networking events.
The mission will include a significant regional component to expand the reach of the participants to at least 10 other potential markets (Bulgaria, Moldova, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Slovakia, and Slovenia) in Central and Eastern Europe. Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) offices in Europe work together to meet the needs of U.S. companies and will recruit government officials, potential buyers and suppliers from surrounding countries to come to Bucharest and possibly Poland, to meet with companies to discuss opportunities in their markets. There will be a dedicated day where companies will receive presentations on opportunities in these markets in the region by either FCS staff or country experts and then meet with companies one-on-one. The mission will also organize optional virtual introductions with companies or government officials not able to come to one of the two trade mission stops. This innovative approach will provide companies more value by bringing opportunities to the companies without having to travel to each market.
Cyber security ensures realization and controlling of vital security properties of an organization’s, as well as users’ intellectual, financial, and infrastructure assets against relevant security risks in the cyber environment. In addition, critical physical infrastructure systems (i.e., safety, security, electrical, water, energy, and traffic management systems) essentially interact with, and cannot be separated from, the critical information infrastructure. With the ascending growth and sophistication of cyber-attacks in recent years, strict compliance and unified security packages are in demand to protect the critical data, infrastructure, and safety of governments, military, public utilities, banking, financial services, ports, hospitals, and other businesses. The damaging effects of cyber-threats can be felt on many levels from the business to the individual and can spill over across borders. Therefore, nations in Eastern and Central Europe are currently dedicating increasing resources at the executive policy level, as well as at the private sector level, in order to deal with these complex cyber threats. These resources have been well utilized as is evident from the innovations and demand for cyber defense equipment and service technologies.
Recent events in the region have also heightened the importance of improving cyber security protection. Governments have made cyber security a policy priority, creating task forces and engaging with the United States government (USG) to improve their defenses. The trade mission will not only focus on the countries visited, but will also use ITA’s Commercial Service network to include opportunities for matchmaking with companies and governments from across the region in the program.
In June 2013, the Polish government adopted a Cyberspace Protection Policy for the country. The Ministry of Administration and Digitization is responsible for Polish ICT policy, including the implementation of an information society agenda, and is also in charge of all public ICT projects. The prevailing trends for digitalization and mobility further expose ICT users to a range of security threats. As a result, there are good opportunities for suppliers of all ICT security related solutions designed for customers ranging from private users, small businesses, through large sophisticated corporate networks and top level critical public infrastructure projects.
The demand for IT security products and services has been growing dynamically and continuously over the last few years. In addition, highly publicized news reports of attacks have led to a rapidly growing awareness of cyber security threats. In 2013, IT security products and services grew twice as fast as the market for IT products and services in general. At the end of 2013, the Polish market for IT cyber security products reached USD 156 million. Security software represented 59% of the market, while 41% fell on IT security appliances. The market for IT security products is expected to grow at over 10% a year over the next five-years.
There are good prospects for all kinds of security software and security appliances. Security audits and outsourcing of managed security services represent the highest potential for IT security services. There are business opportunities in all market segments, but most investments in this area are done in the telecommunications, financial and banking, as well as the public sectors. This applies mostly to large projects sponsored by large companies or organizations.
The Romanian market consists of three key segments: small to medium-sized enterprises (SME), corporations, and the Romanian government, including civil, security, military, and critical national infrastructure (e.g., utilities and telecoms). Romania, with an increasingly high interdependence of cyber infrastructure and sectors such as banking, transportation, energy and national defense, is facing cyber threats to critical infrastructure. The threats to these parties can be combated using hardware, software, services, or a combination of the three. Software solutions are a major portion of the market, with anti-virus and other security software programs being deployed in businesses of all types and sizes. The security services sector is expected to outpace that of the software market. Within the security hardware sector, companies are demanding more Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances as they adopt increasingly integrated security solutions on a tighter budget. As companies face more and more security breaches, they are taking more proactive measures to ensure information technology (IT) security and their assets. While opportunities exist to supply organizations of all sizes, from SMEs to large corporations, the most substantial opportunities are to be found in organizations for which IT security is mission critical, e.g., major financial institutions, utilities and especially government departments (including Government headquarters, Ministry of Defense, Immigration and Border Protection, Revenue and Customs, etc.). Major Cyber security projects in development in Romania include the creation of a Cyber security Innovation Center, with assistance from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and a Regional Cybercrime Training Center for the Romanian Police.
Romania’s demand for cybersecurity technology is included in its recently legislated Cybersecurity Strategy and the National Action Plan on implementation of National Cybersecurity System. By the end of 2014, Romania plans to adopt a cybersecurity law, currently under public consultation. The draft law covers both Network and Information Security (NIS) and cyber threats from a national security perspective and was approved by the Supreme Council for National Defense at the end of 2013. The Romanian National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-RO), which aligns directly with European Union (EU) critical infrastructure protection mandates, was established in 2011. CERT-RO is the incident response body responsible for “preventing, analyzing, identifying and reacting to cybernetics incidents” and for developing public policies to prevent and counteract cyber-attacks.
The National Cybersecurity System will represent a cooperation platform for CERT schemes and will act to consolidate the expertise for cyber security risk management, stimulating cooperation at different layers (military-civil, public-private, government-nongovernment). The Romanian legal/institutional framework could later be affected by the developments of the Regulatory Framework at the European level.
The prospect for highly specialized cybersecurity engineering services and products presents multiple opportunities for U.S. exports. The cybersecurity systems already in place in Romania are based on U.S. technologies and the cyber security training to date originate from the United States. There is still a great need to build capabilities to detect and manage cyber security incidents, the cyber security risk management process, including consulting and technical support at the strategic management level. Once cyber security audits became mandatory, there will also be a need for training, tools, technology, consulting services, etc.
Other Products and Services
The foregoing analysis of the cyber security opportunities in Poland and Romania is not intended to be exhaustive, but illustrative of the many opportunities available to U.S. businesses. Applications from companies selling products or services within the scope of this mission, but not specifically identified, will be considered and evaluated by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Companies whose products or services do not fit the scope of the mission may contact their local U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC) to learn about other business development missions and services that may provide more targeted export opportunities. Companies may call 1-800-872-8723, or go to http://help.export.gov/ to obtain such information. This information also may be found on the website: http://www.export.gov.
The purpose of this trade mission is to introduce U.S. firms to the rapidly expanding market for cyber security products and services in Eastern and Central Europe. The mission will help participating firms and trade associations to gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects, with the goal of increasing U.S. exports to Poland, Romania and the Eastern and Central Europe region. By participating in an official U.S. industry delegation, rather than traveling to Poland, Romania, and the rest of the Eastern and Central Europe region on their own, U.S. companies will enhance their ability to secure meetings in those countries and gain greater exposure to the region.
The business development mission will include one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners; meetings with national and regional government officials, chambers of commerce, and business groups; and networking receptions for companies and trade associations representing companies interested in expansion into the Eastern and Central European markets. Meetings will be offered with government authorities that can address questions about policies, tariff rates, incentives, regulations, projects, etc.
All parties interested in participating in the trade mission must complete and submit an application package for consideration by the DOC. All applicants will be evaluated, on a rolling basis, on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy the selection criteria as outlined below. A minimum of 15 and maximum of 20 firms and/or trade associations will be selected to participate in the mission from the applicant pool.
FEES AND EXPENSES
After a firm or trade association has been selected to participate on the mission, a payment to the Department of Commerce in the form of a participation fee is required. The participation fee for the Business Development Mission will be $2500.00 for small or medium-sized enterprises (SME) 1 ; and $3650.00 for large firms or trade associations. The fee for each additional firm representative (large firm or SME/trade organization) is $750. Expenses for travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant. Interpreter and driver services can be arranged for additional cost. Delegation members will be able to take advantage of U.S. Embassy rates for hotel rooms.
The mission fee does not include any personal travel expenses such as lodging, most meals, local ground transportation, and air transportation from the U.S. to the mission sites, between mission sites, and return to the United States. Business visas may be required. Government fees and processing expenses to obtain such visas are also not included in the mission costs. However, the U.S. Department of Commerce will provide instructions to each participant on the procedures required to obtain necessary business visas.
CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION
An applicant must submit a completed and signed mission application and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company’s products and/or services primary market objectives, and goals for participation. If the Department of Commerce receives an incomplete application, the Department may reject the application, request additional information, or take the lack of information into account when evaluating the applications.
Companies must provide certification of products and/or services being manufactured or produced in the United States or if manufactured/produced outside of the United States, the product and/or service is marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have U.S. content representing at least 51 percent of the value of the finished good or service. In the case of a trade association or trade organization, the applicant must certify that, for each company to be represented by the trade association or trade organization, the products and services the represented company seeks to export are either produced in the United States or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least fifty-one percent U.S. content.
The following criteria will be evaluated in selecting participants:
Diversity of company size and location may also be considered during the review process.
Referrals from political organizations and any documents containing references to partisan political activities (including political contributions) will be removed from an applicant’s submission and not considered during the selection process.
TIMELINE FOR RECRUITMENT AND APPLICATIONS
Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, including publication in the Federal Register, posting on the Commerce Department trade mission calendar (http://export.gov/trademissions) and other Internet web sites, press releases to general and trade media, direct mail, notices by industry trade associations and other multiplier groups, and publicity at industry meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade shows. Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than March 1, 2015. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions on a rolling basis beginning October 15, 2014 until the maximum of 20 participants is selected. Applications received after March 1, 2015, will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit.
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Commerce
Tel: (48) 22625 4374
Senior International Trade Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce
1 An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations (see http://www.sba.gov/services/contracting opportunities/sizestandardstopics/index.html). Parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries will be considered when determining business size. The dual pricing reflects the Commercial Service’s user fee schedule that became effective May 1, 2008
(see http://www.export.gov/newsletter/march2008/initiatives.html for additional information).