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Cyber Security October – Week #2

„Expand your Digital Skills and Education“

The topic for the second week of the seventh European Cyber Security Month (ECSM), organised and implemented by the EU Cyber Security Agency ENISA, the European Commission and over 200 partners from across Europe, was "Expand your Digital Skills and Education".

Digital life: Communicating security by promoting education and training

"Digitalisation" is an omnipresent topic, its potential lies in having a lasting influence on almost all areas of life. It is not entirely foreseeable what changes we as humans and society will face. New possibilities through digital services are believed to trigger very versatile and partly still unknown changes. As examples for 2018 we can name the EU Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR), the Network Information Security Directive (NIS-RL), and the continuous development of the blockchain, better known in its practical application form such as Bitcoin.

Youths, young professionals and also many people already in working life are challenged to constantly develop and adapt. These active and necessary changes are deliberately addressed within the framework of the ECSM: On the one hand it is about a digital "basic education", on the other hand it is about the specialists needed in the area of cyber security in the future.


A partial initiative for security on the Internet aims particularly the younger generation, which is currently in education: GetCyberSkilled is the buzzword to appeal to young people. For this purpose, various learning modules have been designed with the help of European Schoolnet and the final programme has now been presented at the ECSM on 8 October. The target is to help parents, teachers and leaders to develop cyber-security education and skills among young people.

There are particular risks for young people who have grown up with various technologies and media. The loss of personal data can be a person's life-long persecution. The necessary knowledge about the possible risks of online activities should therefore be applied at an early stage.

Cyber security skills and competences help the younger generation to develop routine cyber hygiene practices. The snowball effect helps in better society protection: People with good cyber security skills can share their knowledge with other people around them - friends, family or acquaintances. Such an initiative can therefore have a positive effect on the security level of all people. A Cyber Security Quiz is available for self-analysis. Here you can find an overview of the learning material of the modules:


IT Security Hub Austria - Tomorrow's Cyber Security Professionals

The "Austria IT Security Hub" is also dedicated to the promotion and development of IT security competencies - with a focus on Austria. "With the Austria IT Security Hub, sustainable structures should be established in order to promote the development of cyber security awareness on a broad national level and to implement basic and excellence programmes in the field of education and training based on these structures. Like all affected sections of society, teachers as well as school children and students should be sustainably enthusiastic about information technology in general and cyber security in particular", says Joe Pichlmayr, CEO of IKARUS and founding member of the IT Security Hub: "We do not only need sufficiently qualified young, talented people to protect the European economy and cyber space and keep it competitive. We need to sensitise the whole society to this challenge and encourage it to actively face up to and participate in it".

The combination of these different approaches enables a long-term positive development for the need for IT security specialists. All apprentices and students with an interest in cyber security are actively approached and encouraged. This is also done in cooperation with leading educational institutions in the higher education sector as well as at higher technical schools and AHS with a focus on information technology. Further information on the IT Security Hub Austria can be found at

Next week's topic will be "Recognize Cyber Scams".

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