Cyberworkforce development international

connects cybersecurity knowledge

Cyber capacity building 
Time: 11:15 – 12:30 
Room: Neon
Language: English
Chaired by Fred van Noord, QIS

International initiatives will be presented (North America and European Union) in the development of scientific cybersecurity education programs, and with the purpose to strengthen the cyber workforce. What are predominant developments in education? What possibilities are there to stimulate the applicability of up-to-date cybersecurity knowledge looking at business needs and societal requirements?

Questions will be addressed like: How to develop cybersecurity education curricula matching knowledge and skills required by the field? Initiatives in the US and the EU to develop an umbrella concept of professional cyber security competences are presented. The connections between industry, research and education to attract more young talent are discussed.

More details about the two international initiatives to be discussed can be found using the following links:



  • Current US Cybersecurity Education Initiatives (1-NICE2-CSEC)
    Douglas Maughan, Division Director Cyber Security Division, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (DHS) and Victor Piotrowski, Lead Program Director Division of Graduate Education (NSF), explain two US initiatives: NICE (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education) and CSEC2017 (Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education).
    Abstract: The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is a partnership between U.S. government, academia, and the private sector to energize an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. The Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education (JTF) is a collaboration among major international computing societies to develop comprehensive curricular guidelines in cybersecurity education. The speakers will describe the current efforts of these initiatives.
  • Cybersecurity Talent Development: A Canadian Perspective 
    Allen Dillon, Lead CyberNB, Province of New Brunswick, Canada's Cybersecurity Epicentre explains the Canadian cyber security education strategy, the adoption of NICE in Canada and ambition to work with European partners.
    Abstract: Shared opportunity in innovation, Canadian status and agenda in cybersecurity, International challenge given type of adversary, Need for a new grade and structure of workforce in cyber (more robust that traditional IT), What Canada is doing about the skills gap? Ideas on what we can do together – in two specific ideas.
  • European Human Resources Network for Cyber Security (EHR4CYBER): tackling the competence deficit 
    ECSO presentation by Vootele Päi, ECSO chair from the Estonian Ministry of Defence and co-chair of the EHR4CYBER Task Force. Former advisor at the Estonian Parliament, Former Digital and Cyber policy officer in British Embassy Tallinn, Current Innovation coordinator in MoD Estonia

    Abstract: Moving on with digitalization, both states and the EU will have to step up not merely in providing better, but also safer platforms and solutions. To keep our systems and infrastructures safe we need to educate a wider public on the basics of cybersecurity but it is also crucial to provide more competence for the marketplace and service providers. Deficit of qualified 


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