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The cybersecurity workforce shortage and skills gap is a major concern for both economic development and national security, especially in the rapid digitization of the global economy.

The development of an European Cybersecurity Skills Framework  is  an essential step towards the Europe’s digital future.

Europe lags behind in the development of a comprehensive approach to define a set of roles and skills relevant to the cybersecurity field, as described in the ENISA Report - Cybersecurity Skills Development in the EU. Though cybersecurity is a worldwide matter affecting all countries, there are a number of differences between national states. For this reason, existing cybersecurity frameworks may be incompatible with or in general not targeted to the European needs, laws and regulations.

The development of an European Cybersecurity Skills Framework that would take into account the needs of the EU and each one of its Member States is considered an essential step towards the Europe’s digital future.

The European Cybersecurity Skills Framework aims to create a common understanding of the roles, competencies, skills and knowledge used by and for individuals, employers and training providers across the EU Member States in order to address the cybersecurity skills shortage. Additionally, it would help to further facilitate cybersecurity related skills recognition and support the design of cybersecurity related training programmes for skills and career development. Consequently, the European Cybersecurity Skills Framework will support employment and employability in cybersecurity related positions.

Working Group on the European Cybersecurity Skills Framework

ENISA launched an Ad Hoc Working Group on the European Cybersecurity Skills Framework to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of experts with the aim to promote harmonization in the ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development and to develop of a common European language in the cybersecurity skills context.

More information can be found in the dedicated page:

Ad-Hoc Working Group on the European Cybersecurity Skills Framework

Cybersecurity Higher Education Database

ENISA mantains a list of cybersecurity academic programmes in EU, EFTA, and other European countries. This database allows young talents to make informed decisions on the variety of possibilities offered by higher education in cybersecurity and helps universities attract high-quality students motivated in keeping Europe cyber-secure. Access the database from the dedicated page:

Cybersecurity Higher Education Database

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