GEIGER is a project dedicated to enhancing cybersecurity for micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Europe. Managed by the University of Education Freiburg and the University of Applied Science Northwestern Switzerland, this initiative is part of the Horizon 2020 program, funded by the European Union. GEIGER focuses on providing MSEs with a customized toolbox and education program tailored to address their specific cybersecurity needs and resources. This neutral and pragmatic approach ensures that MSEs can access targeted support to bolster their digital security capabilities. The project aims to contribute to a more secure digital environment for MSEs, fostering resilience in the face of evolving cyber threats.

GEIGER: Safeguarding Micro and Small Enterprises in the Digital Realm

As businesses increasingly embrace digital transformation, the risk of cyber incidents grows. Understanding and mitigating these cybersecurity risks is crucial for micro and small enterprises (MSEs). However, many MSEs lack the IT expertise and resources to invest in expensive solutions that may not align with their specific needs. Recognizing this gap, GEIGER addresses the unique challenges MSEs face. GEIGER offers an accessible and affordable “Geiger counter” for cybersecurity tailored to the needs of small businesses. Additionally, the project has cultivated an ecosystem of knowledgeable individuals and organizations, providing support through a standardized learning program for ‘Security Defenders’. This initiative aims to empower micro and small enterprises (MSEs) to navigate the digital landscape securely.

What does GEIGER do?

GEIGER plays a crucial role in identifying potential threats to your business. Through a user-friendly app, the platform assesses risks associated with factors such as geographical location, industry, ICT infrastructure, and cybersecurity proficiency, tailoring its approach accordingly. This ensures a nuanced understanding of your unique risk landscape. The platform goes beyond identification by providing customized tools aligned with your specific needs and available resources. GEIGER not only offers personalized suggestions for enhancing your company’s security but also recommends cutting-edge tools and services to fortify your digital defences. Additionally, GEIGER extends support as needed, fostering connections with trained Security Defenders who are readily available to assist. This comprehensive approach underscores GEIGER’s commitment to delivering targeted and effective solutions, empowering businesses to navigate the complex terrain of cybersecurity with confidence.

Website link

GEIGER project webpage

Digital technology / specialisation

  • Cybersecurity

Digital skill level

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Digital Expert

Geographic Scope - Country

  • European Union

Type of initiative

International initiative

Target audience

  • Digital skills for the labour force.
  • Digital skills for ICT professionals and other digital experts.

Target language

  • English

Methodology

Services

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