WG5: Education, Training, Awareness, Cyber Ranges WG5: Education, Training, Awareness, Cyber Ranges

ECSO aims to contribute towards cybersecurity competences and capacity-building effort for the European digital agenda, through increased education, professional training and skills development, as well as actions on awareness-raising and gender inclusiveness.

  • 12/2020, ECSO - COVID-19 Cybersecurity Response Package (download file)
  • 12/2020, EHR4CYBER - Information and Cyber Security Professional Certification (download file)
  • 4/2020, ECSO - Information sheet: Cybersecurity Resources for the Healthcare Sector during COVID-19 (download file)
  • 3/2020, WG5 MEMBERS - Understanding Cyber Ranges: From Hype to Reality (download file)
  • 9/2019, ECSO, CYBERSEC4EUROPE, ECHO, SPARTA, CONCORDIA - Report: Results of Simulation-based Competence Development Survey (2019-2020) (download file)
  • 6/2019, WG5 MEMBERS - Building the Future European Cybersecurity Awareness Campaigns: Outcome paper from ECSO workshop (download file)
  • 11/2018, ECSO, MICROSOFT - Cybersecurity Awareness Trainings: A Practical Guide (download file)
  • 3/2018, WG5 MEMBERS - Position paper: Gaps in European Cyber Education and Professional Training (download file)

The working group focuses on the following issues:

  1. Increase education and skills on cybersecurity products and safe use of IT tools in Member States for citizens' individual and professionals, also considering gender inclusiveness.
  2. Cybersecurity training and exercise ecosystem leveraging upon cyber range environments.
  3. Awareness-raising and basic hygiene skills.


1. Harmonisation of cybersecurity education approaches in Europe for the future workforce

  • Minimum reference model curricula for specific courses and profiles

IMPACT: Aligning industry and academia practices to help the skills and competence development of the cybersecurity workforce

  • Youth4Cyber 

IMPACT: Provide simple rules for cyber hygiene and show the attractiveness of a career in cybersecurity for students from 6 to 26

2. Development of training / operational competences:

  • Cyber Ranges: Developing the European cyber range market & services through alliance-building, surveys, workshops, and taxonomy & methodology for understanding cyber ranges (incl. in collaboration with ECPilots)        

IMPACT: Consolidate the definition of European cyber ranges, exercise methodologies, and concepts, supporting the development of European best practices and guidelines that will help shape the further development of European cyber range solutions. Support end-users and providers in facilitating the use of cyber ranges for competence and capability-building to raise cyber resilience.

  • EHR4CYBER (European Human Resources Network for Cyber): Analysis of gaps in Education & Professional Training and ProfessionalCertification (ECSO papers).

IMPACT: Map certification approaches/frameworks and contribution to skills verification to satisfy increasing job needs

  • Job/competence platform: Piloting opportunities (in regions’ project and in HR corner of SME Hub Platform)

IMPACT: Support job creation, recruitment, and link to local job platforms

3. Awareness / Cyber hygiene / Gender inclusiveness)        

  • Women4Cyber (launched in January 2019 under the patronage of Commissioner Gabriel) – Advisory Council and official Foundation created for donations to support concrete actions for women according to Charter of objectives (awareness of the issue, visibility of role models, balanced participation in panels, networking, local – international activities, education/training of young women, …)

IMPACT: Enhance the role and positions of women in cybersecurity, gender balance

  • Collaboration on awareness campaigns with EU institutions/Agencies; link with citizens (human aspects)

IMPACT: Support awareness-raising at the European level and increase engagement with citizens 

The working group chairs are Almerindo Graziano (Silensec), Csaba Virag (GTCT), Paresh Rathod (Laurea) 

The working group is segmented into the following sub-working groups:

  • SWG5.1 Cyber range environments and technical exercises - Chairs: CybExer, GUARDTIME and SILENSEC
  • SWG5.2: Education and professional training - Chairs: SILENSEC, CINI and CybExer
  • SWG5.3: Awareness - Chairs: I4FLAME, DETACK and LAUREA

ECSO joins ‘No More Ransom’ campaign by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)

ECSO is a Supporting Partner for the ‘No More Ransom’ campaign, launched in 2016 by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), in cooperation with the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands’ police, Kaspersky Lab and Intel Security. The campaign aims to assist victims in the recovery of their encrypted files without paying a ransom, provide advice, and raise awareness of the problem of ransomware in the public arena. ‘No More Ransom’ has its own dedicated portal which provides information about the ransomware attacks, as well as decryption tools for infected systems. More information about the campaign and ransomware solutions can be found HERE