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Cyber Skills Academy - Measuring progress

Measuring progress: built-in accountability

Under this pillar the Cyber Skills Academy will address two main aspects: 

  • Indicators (existing or to be developed) for measuring the status and progress of cyber skills. 
  • Data available on the status and progress of cyber skills.

At the moment, no information on these aspects is yet available on the Platform. Nevertheless, if you want to propose any relevant information on indicators related to cyber skills, send us your proposal here.

Indicators on cyber skills

The Cyber Skills Academy will develop a methodology to monitor the evolution of the market and the progress achieved in closing the cybersecurity skills gap. For this, it will define indicators to address better the needs on one hand, and on the other, the offer of trainings, as well as to better direct funds towards the needs.

Relevant EU measurement frameworks in this regard include: 

  • The Report on the State of the Digital Decade (2023 onwards) is the first of a series of annual reports - and a call to Member States for collective actions to address the current investment gaps, accelerate digital transformation in Europe and intensify efforts to reach the objectives of the Digital Decade Policy Programme (DDPP).
  • The Digital Economy and Skills Index (DESI) (until 2022) summarises indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries. The European Commission has been monitoring Member States’ digital progress through the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) reports since 2014, including on digital skills.
  • Eurostat also conducts periodical workforce statistics on ICT specialists in employment. For example, in 2021, 80.9 % of men were employed as ICT specialists in the EU against 19.1 % of women. Furthermore, in 2021, about two thirds (64.5 %) of ICT specialists in the EU had completed a tertiary level of education. The cybersecurity sector could benefit from specific statistics that would demonstrate the gaps in cyber skills across the EU.