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CONNECT University – Cybersecurity skills: a pressing human resources challenge

This CONNECT University video session on Cybersecurity skills delves into the current trendiness of cybersecurity skills in 2023, emphasizing the pivotal role of technology in shaping the future workforce. The discussion featured Despina Spanou, Head of Cabinet for Vice-President Margaritis Schinas at the European Commission, along with esteemed panelists and experts in the field.

The European agenda on Cybersecurity

The pressing need for cybersecurity skills is a critical digital skills resource challenge that demands immediate attention. With concerted efforts from both public and private sectors, bridging the talent gap in cybersecurity can pave the way for a more secure, competitive, and resilient European Union.

The European year of skills has amplified the demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals in both public and private sectors. The need for a diverse workforce, inclusive of various backgrounds and skill sets, is underscored, alongside the imperative to upskill or reskill individuals from diverse fields.

To tackle this issue head-on, industry leaders and public administrators are reevaluating their human resources strategies. They are exploring innovative approaches to recruit, develop, and retain cybersecurity specialists with the requisite hard and transversal skills.

Security by design and effective recruitment strategy

The discussion also revolves around the Security by Design approach for interconnected products in the European Union, which holds promise for generating additional job opportunities in cybersecurity. The video advocates for measurable initiatives and commitments from companies to cultivate a security-conscious culture, and highlights initiatives such as Workday’s cybersecurity skills program and the European Union Cybersecurity Skills Academy.

Addressing the challenge of devising an effective recruitment strategy, the video emphasizes the importance of establishing a realistic cybersecurity training environment with assessments covering technical and non-technical skills. The European Cybersecurity Skills Framework emerges as a top priority for skills and talent development in the field.