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Funding project TeBeISi - Partial certification in the occupational field of information security
Funding body Europäische Kommission
Funding priorities Erasmus+
Project website
Project partner BF/M-Bayreuth (Consortium leader)
StudioCentroVeneto s.a.s. di Antonio Brunello & C. (I-Vicenza),
Mykolaromeris University (L-Vilnius),
Hafelekar Consultant Schober GmbH (A-Innsbruck)
Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu i Nauk o Zdrowiu (P-Lodz)
Cooperation partner Dagmar Kiener, Consultant
Duration of the project 01.09.2018 bis 31.08.2021
Responsible board member Prof. Dr. Daniel Baier
Responsible Employee Simon Henrik Rath, MA.

Project Background

The IT sector is generally characterized by short innovation and product cycles among developers and manufacturers. Due to the constantly changing requirements in the IT sector, learning and recognition of informal aspects is becoming a decisive factor in the area of information security as well. The lack of certification opportunities results in a lack of experts in the field of information security (worldwide). This problem has been known for years and poses serious challenges for the economy.

Therefore, on September 3, 2018, the Betriebswirtschaftliches Forschungszentrum für Fragen der mittelständischen Wirtschaft e. V. (BF/M-Bayreuth) started the European joint project TeBeISi "Partial Certification in the Occupational Field of Information Security" to identify and evaluate competencies in the field of information security. The Europe-wide uniform assessment and recognition of informally acquired qualifications has enormous potential in terms of combating the shortage of skilled workers in the field of information security.

As consortium leader, the BF/M-Bayreuth, together with its European partners from Italy (StudioCentroVeneto s.a.s. di Antonio Brunel-Io & Co.), Lithuania (Mykolaromeris University), Austria (Hafelekar Unternehmensberatung Schober GmbH) and Poland (Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu i Nauk o Zdrowiu ), was able to win the grant for the three-year project of the EU ERASMUS+ funding programme.

Project Objectives

The project will help to promote the recognition and certification of qualifications and competences, including those acquired through non-formal and informal learning.

Through European exchange between the institutions, the certifications of occupational profiles that are specifically prevalent in the countries are to be processed and incorporated into newly developed occupational profiles in the exchange of experience. The project aims to transfer these profiles including certification procedures to the European partner countries and to implement them successfully in practice. The focus is on the validation of learning outcomes from non-formal and informal learning.

Project Schedule

A large number of instruments are needed to work on the project. In order to determine the required information security competencies, extensive literature research, expert interviews and focus groups with companies are conducted. These findings serve as a basis for the creation of a catalogue of requirements. For a Europe-wide establishment, the development of recommendations for action is required. This is done, among other things, by involving associations and associated partners from the economy. The next step is the development of an online personnel questionnaire to determine information security competencies. Here the focus will be on social competences. In addition, further project steps will include the development of further education modules for training of specific sub-competencies, taking social and technical components into account. In the final project phase, a strategy paper based on the new data protection regulation, a glossary for application and the research report "Status Quo Information Security Training for SMEs" will be developed.

Especially the final steps should guarantee a broad transfer of the acquired knowledge into practice, in order to finally open up chances to overcome the lack of skilled workers and to counteract the challenges of the economy.