Building a cybersecurity educational eco-system for small enterprises


Theme 2   Entrepreneurship and business economics.

Researchers and academics.

Just like larger companies, smaller enterprises have to ‘digitalize’ increasingly, thus they are facing growing risks in concern of cybersecurity. These risks lie partially in technological aspects, i.e. the security state of IT-components of an enterprise. Another considerable risk that they have to face is the ‘human factor’ which involves the behaviour and knowledge in concern of cybersecurity of the whole staff. Cyber-attacks often benefit from human behaviour as the weakest link in the IT-security – examples will be shown in the presentation – particularly if there is no dedicated IT department like in most small enterprises. Cybersecurity education is therefore crucial for ensuring cyber-secure business processes.



The presentation will built on results from the Horizon 2020 project ‘GEIGER’ that addresses this problem by providing a cybersecurity monitoring solution that integrates a technological approach with an educational eco-system aimed at MSEs. The GEIGER environment hence aggregates various data into a risk indicator that not only represents the status of the company’s IT-components, but also of the awareness and capabilities of the persons working in that company. Building among others on user journey in entrepreneurial settings, the GEIGER education approach focusses on the human factor at different levels: from IT-lay persons to designated persons that are responsible for the monitoring of the GEIGER environment. This implies a set of interrelated learning objectives that the entrepreneurs have to reflect on in order to improve issues in cybersecurity that given entrepreneurship education rather neglects. Against this backdrop the presentation will outline the GEIGER curricular framework.



Presented by: Jessica Peichl (1, 1)

Lecture (20 min)

Downloadable files: 20_5674_
20_5674_AEEE_presentation_cybersecurity_curriculum.pptx


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