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

ECSO aims to to contribute towards acybersecurity competences and capacity building effort for the European digitalagenda, through increased education, professional training and skillsdevelopment, as well as actions on awareness-raising and gender inclusiveness.

  • 3/2020, SUB WG 5.1 CYBER RANGE ENVIRONMENTS AND TECHNICAL EXERCISES - Understanding Cyber Ranges: From Hype to Reality (download file)
  • 3/2020, EHR4CYBER - Information and Cybersecurity Professional Certification (download file)
  • 9/2019, ECSO, CYBERSEC4EUROPE, ECHO, SPARTA, CONCORDIA - Report: Results of Simulation-based Competence Development Survey (2019-2020) (download file)
  • 6/2019, ECSO - Building the Future European Cybersecurity Awareness Campaigns: Outcome paper from ECSO workshop (download file)
  • 1/2019, WG5 - WG 5 factsheet (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.

ACTIVITIES

1. Harmonisation of cybersecurity education approaches in Europe for thefuture workforce

  • Minimum reference model curricula for specific courses and profiles

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

  • Youth4Cyber 

IMPACT: Provide simple rules for cyber hygiene and showattractiveness 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 & servicesthrough alliance-building, surveys, workshops, and taxonomy & methodologyfor understanding cyber ranges (incl. in collaboration with ECPilots)        

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

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

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

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

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

3. Awareness / Cyber hygiene / Gender inclusiveness)        

  • Women4Cyber (launched in January 2019 under the patronage ofCommissioner Gabriel) – Advisory Council and official Foundation created fordonations to support concrete actions for women according to Charter ofObjectives (awareness of the issue, visibility of role models, balancedparticipation 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; linkwith citizens (human aspects)

IMPACT: Support awareness-raising at European level and increaseengagement with citizens 

The working group chairs are Almerindo Graziano (Silensec), Csaba Virag (Guardtime), 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
  • EHR4CYBER - Chairs: CYBER SERVICES and GUARDTIME

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

ECSO Secretariat: wg5_secretariat@ecs-org.eu