The European Cyber Security Organisation’s (ECSO) Youth4Cyber initiative is aimed at educating and raising the awareness of young people (6 to 26-year olds) on cybersecurity.
Mission & Objectives
- To raise the level of cyber hygiene.
- To stimulate an interest for a career in cybersecurity among the European youth.
Through a set of modules targeting specific age groups, Youth4Cyber endeavours to teach young kids about cyber hygiene and basic cybersecurity concepts and young adults on cybersecurity trends and the different possible career paths in cyber.
The Youth4Cyber methodology is geared towards presenting cybersecurity to the youth in a simple, coherent, and engaging manner.
Each module is dedicated and adapted to a specific maturity level (groups of 4 years, from ages 6 to 26) with an additional Module 0 on Train the Trainers.
- Modules 1-3 provide simple rules for cyber hygiene and teach the basics of cybersecurity to children (from an early age) about the potential threats on the Internet.
- Modules 4-5 delve into specific topics to show the intricacies and multi-faceted nature of the field to pique their interest and show them the opportunities for a career in cybersecurity and ICT security. With the development of the modules, ECSO does not intend to create competition with service providers or universities but to create awareness with the larger public beyond the specialists.
Note: some modules are still in development
Youth4Cyber will leverage on existing initiatives & tools at European and national level to deliver its modules and is very open to collaborations, joint ventures, etc. Organisations and experts who wish to get involved can exchange expertise and contents with Youth4Cyber and jointly deliver a Youth4Cyber module focusing on cybersecurity theory & practice, core education areas, and job opportunities. Experts are also invited to volunteer themselves to deliver a talk/seminar/demo on specific topics.
Previous collaborators include Intesa Sanpaolo, Comune Di Milano, Università Bocconi, Politecnico di Milano and Stem in the City.
Contribute to Youth4Cyber's catalogue of resources and initiatives!
As part of the Youth4Cyber initiative, ECSO is gathering a list of openly available resources / initiatives from ECSO Members for publication, with the aim of showing what is currently being done on youth education around Europe. Don't miss the chance to give visibility to your efforts in this area and to contribute to the set up of such important community of cybersecurity educators! Participating is simple: please send the following content to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 19th July:
-Type of resource (doc, game, comic book, etc.)
-Language(s) of delivery
-Targeted age groups, using the Youth4Cyber module groups: 6-10, 10-14, 14-18, 18-22, 22-26