Press Release


Transfer Centre for Cybersecurity in SMEs Presents New Tool

Tackling IT security with the CYBERsicher-Check

Research focus: Safety, Security and the Law

A new tool is now available for small and medium-sized companies that want to improve their IT security. With the CYBERsicher-Check, the current state of IT security can be assessed in a simple and practical way. At the same time, recommendations for action are formulated, and suitable materials are provided.

Many small and medium-sized enterprises are well aware of the threat of cyberattacks but need easy access to the topic. The new CYBERsicher-Check of the Transfer Centre for Cybersecurity in SMEs has now solved this challenge.

“We wanted to create a tool that offers companies real added value right from the start. We have achieved this with the CYBERsicher-Check. As a result, you not only receive an assessment of your company’s current cybersecurity state, but we also provide you with initial recommendations for action and other suitable materials.”

Volker Fett, project partner of tti Magdeburg GmbH and responsible for the area of cyber attack prevention

The CYBERsicher-Check is kept as simple as possible. Companies are asked questions about the six sub-areas of data protection, data backup, information security, IT systems, training, and responsibilities. Based on the answers, the tool evaluates which areas still have potential for improvement and how these can be addressed.

About the Transfer Centre for Cybersecurity in SMEs

The funding project aims to increase the cybersecurity level of small and medium-sized enterprises, craft businesses, and start-ups for a secure digital transformation through prevention, detection, and response.

The aim is to increase the level of cybersecurity in SMEs and make companies more resilient through information and qualification formats, numerous events throughout Germany, a detection and response platform for cyberattacks, and a broad network of partners.

The project is carried out by Der Mittelstand, BVMW e.V., the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Leibniz University Hannover – Institute for Vocational Education and Adult Education, and tti Technologietransfer und Innovationsförderung Magdeburg GmbH.

The Mittelstand-Digital network

The Mittelstand-Digital network offers comprehensive support for digitalization with the Mittelstand-Digital centers, the initiative IT-Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft und Digital Jetzt. Small and medium-sized enterprises benefit from concrete, practical examples and tailor-made, provider-neutral offers for qualification and IT security. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) enables free use and provides financial subsidies. Further information can be found at

About the association Der Mittelstand. BVMW e.V.

Der Mittelstand. BVMW e.V. is the largest, politically independent and cross-industry association of German SMEs with around 28,000 full members. As part of the SME alliance (Mittelstandsallianz), the association also represents more than 30 SME associations with 900,000 members.

About the FZI

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology, with headquarters in Karlsruhe and a branch office in Berlin, is a non-profit institution for information technology application research and technology transfer. It delivers the latest scientific findings in information technology to companies and public institutions and qualifies individuals for academic and business careers or the leap into self-employment. Supervised by professors from various faculties, the research groups at the FZI develop interdisciplinary concepts, software, hardware, and system solutions for their clients and implement the solutions found as prototypes. The FZI House of Living Labs provides a unique research environment for application research. The FZI is an innovation partner of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and strategic partner of the German Informatics Society (GI).

This press release has been taken over by the Transfer Centre for Cybersecurity in SMEs.

Press contact

Valérie Hasler

Division Manager Communications
Press contact

Tobias Diemer

Project Manager Press and Public Relations, Transfer Centre for Cybersecurity in SMEs

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