Founded in 2012 by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the Alliance for Cyber Security (ACS) works towards strengthening Germany’s resilience to cyber attacks. 

The Alliance is a collaborative platform for companies, associations, government bodies, and organisations in Germany to share information and knowledge on cybersecurity and current threats. Currently, the platform hosts over 7,400 members. Alliance members can exchange among themselves on their experiences and support one another in strengthening their IT infrastructure.

Why join? 

The members of the Alliance for Cyber Security benefit from:

  • BSI expertise and networking with partners from the Alliance
  • Valuable knowledge exchange and sharing of experience with other companies and institutions on security management, incident handling, cybersecurity attacks, and suitable protective measures
  • Access to a network of partner offers to expand their cybersecurity expertise

Becoming a member 

To become a member of the ACS, an organisaiton must be from Germany or active in the German cyber space. Participating in the alliance is generally free and can be canceled at any time. An organisation must first become an ACS member before they can apply to become a partner or multiplier.

To guarantee valuable exchanges and experiences, the Alliance is also composed of IT services, IT manufacturers and consulting companies, as well as user companies of diverse sizes and industries.

Facilitating exchanges with experts in the field

The ACS organizes events to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences from experts in the field in order to increase awareness on IT security and cybersecurity. During these events, participants engage in in-depth discussions on cybersecurity topics with experts and professionals from various industries. These events take place both online and in-person. In particular, the ACS organizes:

  • Cyber Security Days
  • Cyber Security Web Talk
  • Circles of Experience
  • Expert Circles
  • Cyber Security Initiatives
  • Resources

Cyber Security Resources

The ACS website offers information on a wide range of cybersecurity topics such as specific cybersecurity recommendations for companies, as well as the BSI annual IT security reports on the state of the economy and current cyber threats. The ACS platform also hosts a searchable database of content to support companies and institutions in accessing knowledge on cybersecurity. 

In addition, the ACS provides resources in audio and visual format for anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of cybersecurity topics. For example:

  • Cyber Security Podcast series
  • Publications
  • Audio
  • Videos 

Digital technology / specialisation

  • cyber_skills_academy

Digital skill level

  • Advanced
  • Digital Expert

Geographic Scope - Country

  • Germany

Type of initiative

National initiative

Target audience

  • Digital skills for ICT professionals and other digital experts.

Target language

  • German

Methodology

Cyber Skills Academy

Target group

  • Persons with 0-3 years work experience
  • Persons with 3-10 years work experience
  • Persons with 10+ years work experience

Skills resource type

Other training material