MECyS Partners Meeting in Paris: A Glimpse into the Future of Cybersecurity

MECyS Partners Meeting in Paris: A Glimpse into the Future of Cybersecurity

On June 12, 2023, the consortium of MECyS convened for a pivotal partners meeting in the heart of Paris. In this gathering, we renewed our commitment to bridging the gap in cybersecurity awareness among non-IT staff in small businesses. We are thrilled to share this significant event’s highlights and key takeaways.

Identified Learning Hurdles in Cybersecurity

Our partner from PHFR presented the findings from the Learning Hurdles report. Through a comprehensive questionnaire and four insightful interviews, we identified several challenges:

  • A lack of understanding of Data Protection, even though participants grasp the concept of cybersecurity.
  • Concerns about the time-consuming nature of authentication processes.
  • A general resignation towards data protection, with many feeling it’s too late to take protective measures.

Further Actions: We aim to gather more data by making the questionnaire publicly accessible. We’re also considering innovative methods like QR codes in partner buildings to facilitate responses.

How Different Countries Tackle Cybersecurity Training

During the MECyS partners’ meeting in Paris, FHNW shed light on the training systems across various countries:

  • Cyprus: Emphasis on general system education with VET programs in collaboration with cybersecurity companies and universities.
  • France: A three-tiered approach focusing on federation on Cybersecurity and National programs.
  • Germany: A dual system with a focus on certifications in both formal and non-formal settings.
  • Greece: A blend of private and systematic certifications at workplaces.
  • Spain: Multiple levels of VET with active employer involvement.
  • Switzerland: An ecosystem based on career development and expert knowledge seminars.

Our Strategy for Effective Cybersecurity Learning

Anemo presented the methodology behind collecting learning tools. Each organization will fill out a report on their country’s learning tools, ensuring a comprehensive and diverse collection.

The Turtle, the Mouse, and the Rabbit: Personalizing Cybersecurity Training for All

CESUR introduced the concept of categorizing learners into three profiles based on their cybersecurity knowledge: turtle (beginner), mouse (intermediate), and rabbit (advanced). This segmentation will help tailor the training materials to the specific needs of each group.

Our Exploitation & Dissemination Strategy

Our partner from A.B. iED highlighted our project’s social media strategy. We have a calendar in place until April 2025, and partners are encouraged to contribute ideas. We’re also working on translating content for our website to cater to a global audience.

Evaluating Our Progress and Looking Ahead

Finally, our partner from STHEV shared the evaluation results from the previous kick-off meeting. We also discussed the upcoming workshop in 2024 in Spain and the SIATE-Conference in Germany scheduled for September 28, 2023.

Join Us in the Cybersecurity Revolution

The MECyS project partners meeting in Paris was a testament to our dedication to enhancing cybersecurity awareness. As we continue our journey, we invite you to delve deeper into our initiatives and join us in making the digital world safer. Interested in learning more? Dive into the details on our official website or get in touch with us. Together with our partners, we are shaping the future of cybersecurity.