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Professor Ralf-Christian Härting & Professor Christoph Karg

Aalen University, Germany

Cybersecurity in SMEs - Recent Cyberthreats and a New Concept of Prevention


The daily headlines about cyberattacks in industry illustrate the urgency of the issue. The risk of becoming vulnerable is increasing due to ongoing digitalization in SMEs. Since 2022, the applied science project "CyberWuP" at Aalen University has been working on the establishment of an awareness-raising concept for SMEs. The studies conducted as part of the concept demonstrate the particular need for a sustainable awareness program for SMEs. A program for raising awareness among SMEs was further specified in expert workshops. Following the pilot phase, it is currently being integrated into the range of services offered by the chambers of industry and commerce in Southwest of Germany. The keynote presentation will present results of empirical studies on the recent cyberthreat situation in SME and provides insights into preventive activities developed as part of the project "CyberWuP".

Ralf-Christian Härting


Prof. Dr. oec, Ralf-Christian Härting, has been a professor for Information Systems and SME-Management at Aalen University. He is head of the Competence Center for Business Information Systems, which is mainly involved in current research topics in the areas of Digital Transformation and Management 4.0, among others. His current research project is on the topic "Potential Benefits of Cyber Security in SME". He is also Deputy Dean for Internationalization in the Faculty of Management Science and responsible for the Master programs "SME-Management and Business Development". He is a member of several program committees and advisory boards in the online media industry.

Christoph Karg

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Karg is a member of the computer science department at Aalen university of applied sciences. His fields of teaching are IT security, especially security engineering and cryptography. Currently, he works on research topics in the areas "security of web applications", "secure programming" and "security awareness for small and medium enterprises".

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