Research Projects

Transfer Centre for Cybersecurity in SMEs

Cybersecurity for SMEs

Start: 07/2023

End: 06/2027

The Transfer Centre for Cybersecurity in SMEs supports small and medium-sized enterprises, craft businesses and start-ups free of charge in preventing, detecting and responding to cyberattacks.

Via information and qualification formats, numerous events throughout Germany, a detection and response platform for cyberattacks and a broad network of partners, we want to level up cybersecurity in SMEs, thus increasing the resilience of German SMEs.

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology for the Transfer Centre for Cybersecurity in SMEs

With the expertise gained in previous projects – such as the Cyberwehr Baden-Württemberg – the FZI, as a specialist partner, is developing target group-oriented information content and is building up an emergency aid platform for IT security incidents.

It is intended to help companies better prepare for the threats to IT security. Companies shall also be enabled to react in the best possible way in case of an emergency and to find the necessary support to keep damage to a minimum.


Dr. rer. nat. Dirk Achenbach

Division Manager
Division: Cybersecurity and Law

Research Focus

Safety, Security and the Law

In this research focus, the FZI prioritizes the topics of resilience for critical infrastructures, managing security, legal tech, and (post-)quantum cryptography and also deals with the mutual influence of Artificial Intelligence and safety and security.

Funding notice:

The Transfer Centre for Cybersecurity in SMEs is part of Mittelstand-Digital. With the Mittelstand-Digital network, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action supports digitalization in small and medium-sized enterprises and the crafts sector.

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