Increasing digital resilience of SMEs

SMEs are increasingly victims of cyber attacks and data leaks. Due to relatively limited resources and expertise, it is usually more difficult for SMEs to defend themselves against this. We help SMEs to become more resilient to cyber threats


The aim of this research is to help SMEs, through targeted interventions, to make their organization and employees more resilient to cyber threats.


The result is a transferable intervention that stakeholders can use to encourage Dutch SMEs to behave more resiliently in the field of cyber security.


01 September 2023 - 31 August 2025


In the research we are developing an intervention that should increase the resilience of SMEs. To test this intervention we select 24 companies. They are divided into an experimental and a control group. The intervention is initially tested in the experimental group. We expect that the experimental group will show more digitally safe behaviour after intervention.

Relevance of the project

De resultaten van het onderzoek kunnen worden gebruikt in de minor mkb adviseur

Co funding


HU researchers involved in the research

Collaboration partners

Hogeschool Saxion, Coney Minds, De Goudse verzekeringen, Isuna, MKB kredietcoach, NBA, Ondernemend Nederland, TMI Academy, 2CoolMonkeys, Rob van der Zwet en Jayme Mata

Any questions or want to collaborate?

Ralph van Mechelen

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Financial-Economic Advice in Innovation