According to a recent report released by Intel Security, called “Hacking the Skills Shortage”, there will be 1 million to 2 million unfilled cyber-security jobs worldwide by 2019. The report includes the results of a survey of 775 IT decision-makers involved with security, 82% of whom reported a lack of cyber-security skills within their business.
In the same line, on 13 September 2017 the European Commission adopted a cybersecurity package. The package builds upon existing instruments and presents new initiatives to further improve EU cyber resilience and response.
Our project therefore lies within different initiatives carried out to build a cybersecurity capacity in Europe, at national and international level, and feeds from the momentum cybersecurity is having in the European agenda by addressing these detected needs:
- Lack of skills related to security operations among workers in general
- Lack of qualified profiles in cybersecurity and as consequence a gap between qualifications and job demands
- Increased risks related with a more digitalised world (financial operations, internet of things, connected industry, data storage, social networks and personal information)
- Low awareness and knowledge about digital risks and how to protect oneself and one´s organisation
- Low capacity of response in front of cyber-attacks, at all levels (personal and professional)
Cybersecurity is a topic which has not been explored enough at all levels of education but especially in vocational education. Besides, only professions related to ICT have been dealing with it whereas it has been proved to be an essential skill for all workers, transversal to any professional or even personal field with different levels of expertise according to the area. Therefore, with this project we intend to achieve the following aims:
- Increase the level of awareness of digital perils and the importance of adopting preventing measures among VET students.
- Define a joint VET curriculum in cybersecurity, built upon modules addressed to achieve different learning outcomes related to different levels of expertise in cybersecurity.
- Increase the level of qualification related to cybersecurity among VET students and workers.
- Improve the capacity of people and companies to prevent, protect and react in front of cyberattacks and other digital perils.
- Reinforce cooperation between VET and business/technical experts to ensure an adequate training and qualification of workers.
- Contribute to create a saver digital Europe.
In order to achieve the mentioned aims, the project will produce 2 intellectual outputs:
1 ) Joint VET curriculum in cybersecurity, defining the corresponding learning outcomes related to main competences in cybersecurity, following ECVET methodology and designed following a modular structure which will enable VET providers to use it entirely or partially to be integrated in different VET programmes.
2 ) Cybersecurity challenges, materials, developed attending to the difficulty level and the professional profile addressed in each case, to achieve the learning outcomes defined in the previous output. This way, the potential users will have available a set of materials to train and acquire the units of competence identified in the joint curriculum in cybersecurity in VET.
During the project, 12 VET teachers will be directly involved in the development of intellectual outputs and 90 more will participate in local workshops to learn how to use and adapt the intellectual outputs for their lessons. Around 1800 students will benefit from the updated and up scaled competences in cybersecurity of their teachers and the introduction in their VET programmes of new curricular components and materials in this field. 4 associated partners, technological experts in different aspects related to cybersecurity will also participate in the project by advising and assessing the production of intellectual outputs.