Prof. Dr. Marco Gercke

Director of Cybercrime Research Institute
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Prof. Dr. Marco Gercke

Director of Cybercrime Research Institute


Prof. Dr. Marco Gercke is an entrepreneur, scientist and consultant. His first focus area is Cybersecurity. With more than 700 speeches in over 100 countries and over 100 scientific publications, Prof. Gercke is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of cybersecurity and cybercrime. He is the founder and director of the Cybercrime Research Institute, an independent research institute and think tank based in Cologne. He advises governments, organizations and large enterprises around the world and advises them on strategic, political and legal issues in the field of cybersecurity. The main focus of his work is the development of innovative approaches to tackling a problem that has developed into a central problem for governments and businesses in recent years – Cybercrime. Over the past 15 years, he has worked in over 100 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific and Latin America. As a respected and experienced speaker, Prof. Gercke offers excellent and useful insider knowledge on the subject of cybersecurity due to his many years of activity and internal view. His lectures are clearly structured, very informative and include practical examples.

In addition to speeches, Prof. Gercke is conducting “Cyber Incident Simulations” with governments and board members of large enterprises. These are not technical simulations, but a “war gaming” / “serious gaming” approach, which allows the participants to check their capabilities in dealing with sophisticated attacks. The basis can be a real or a fictitious company (with different branches of industry available). Depending on the decision of the participants the plot of the simulation develops dynamically. It is also highly interactive and allows an interaction with the audience. In the last years Prof. Gercke has carried out such simulations worldwide with numerous governments and board members of large enterprises. The simulation was also run for World Bank, the European Central Bank and the United Nations, and has been part of the Munich Security Conference program for the last three years. CSA customers can book such simulation for events of up to 100 participants, giving them an exclusive insight into how ministers and directors of large companies are preparing for cyber attacks.

The second focus of his lecture and advising activities are the digitization and its effects – especially with regard to “Machine Learning” and Artificial Intelligence. In the 90th he founded a company that utillized “Machine Learning” to develop software solutions for medical diagnostics. He was responsible for the development of the underlying technology. The next company he founded, a media agency, used “machine learning” and artificial intelligence for user interaction. Today, he focuses on advising international organizations and executive boards of major companies on issues related to the opportunities and risks of digitalization and the use of artificial intelligence. As an entrepreneur, scientist and consultant, his speeches are visionary and provide an insight into the significant development in this area.


  • Current Developments in Cybersecurity and Cybercrime
  • Relevance for Board Members and Managing Directors
  • Implications for Companies and Decision-Makers
  • Cyber Incident Simulations
  • Digitization, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Impact on Economy, Society and Politics


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  • Understanding Cybercrime, 3rd Edition 2013
  • Cybersecurity Strategy (2013)
  • Hard and Soft Law Options in the Response to Cybercrime (2012)
  • Internet Crime in Germany – Status and Trends (2011)
  • Praxishandbuch Internetstrafrecht (2009)

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