Responding to the skills gap crisis in the cyber security industry, Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) CEO Amanda Finch has stressed the importance of European-wide collaboration to educate cyber security professionals of the future in a talk at the SecTech Conference in London hosted by the IISP. SecTech is an Erasmus+ strategic partnership involving seven leading European higher education institutions which aims to develop a common European cyber security curriculum and online course materials for academic institutions.
With cyber attacks identified as one of the foremost risks by the World Economic Forum, Finch has underlined the imperative of developing a cyber security industry capable of preventing not only the financial and national security fall-out of such attacks, but also the damaging impact attacks can have on the systems that keep society functioning.
“There’s an urgent need to promote cyber security as an appealing career for young people,” stated Finch. “To equip the cyber security professional of the future, we need strong educational advice and pathways designed to attract the best talent as well as rapid career development opportunities with recognised and respected qualifications. We’re competing with other professions so we do need to show that we can offer exciting and rewarding opportunities.”
Outlining a framework to encourage a wider understanding of cyber security, Finch has also explored the need to educate beyond just security professionals by embedding security understanding in other disciplines and related professions. Detailing proposals for an Independent Cyber Security Council, Finch pointed towards projects such as the UK Government’ s CyBOK (Cyber Body of Knowledge) and the IISP’s own Capability Framework by way of demonstrating the cyber security industry’s commitment to creating appropriate solutions.
In line with other speakers from across Europe attending the SecTech Conference, running under the banner ‘Addressing Cyber Security Skills and Education within Europe’, Finch also called for ongoing collaboration to tackle the growing skills issue.
Those universities currently involved in the project are KU Leuven, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the University of Oulu, the University of Plymouth, the University of Regensburg and the University of Vienna.
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