Many companies hesitate to reveal their internal activities to ensure the IT security, because the want to keep others from recognizing weak spots and entry points for unauthorized access. Doing so, however, they also make it difficult to learn from one another and improve their solutions together. When it comes to IT security, open innovation approaches can therefore not proceed in the same way as elsewhere. They need to take the concerns of the companies in account and design specific settings that allow an exchange despite all secrecy.
Security is a growing field of business that relies strongly on the innovative potential of small and medium-size companies. Such companies usually focus on specific offerings, such as object surveillance and monitoring, access control, disaster recovery or secure data storage. These offerings, however, can only create value in combination with each other. It is therefore necessary to understand the interplay of the different offerings in order to gain a better picture of the innovation procedures in the field.
Aalborg University (AAU) has been providing students with academic excellence, cultural engagement and personal development since its inception in 1974. It offers education and research within the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, technical and health sciences. AAU currently consolidates and further develops its profile as a dynamic and innovative research and educational institution oriented towards the surrounding world. Over the past three years the university has experienced a 50% increase in earnings from the university's cooperation with external partners.
Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) is a pioneering science university in Finland, bringing together the fields of science and business since 1969. Our international community is composed of approximately 6,500 students and experts engaged in scientific research and academic education. Our strength lies in our way of working together across scientific and departmental boundaries. We are constantly expanding our networks in both the business and the academic community. We produce problem solvers, and we provide solutions to global environmental and economic challenges.
TUT is located in Tampere, the Nordic countries’ largest inland city, some 170 km north of the capital Helsinki. TUT’s campus in the suburb of Hervanta is a community of 10,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students and close to 2,000 employees. Internationality is an inherent part of all the University’s activities. Around 1,500 foreign nationals from more than 60 countries work or pursue studies at TUT.