Cybersecurity today is a priority for everyone: it is the cornerstone of a connected and digital Europe. And as Thierry Breton, the EU Commissioner for Internal Market commented in December 2020 as the European Union adopted the new EU Cybersecurity Strategy, ‘cyber threats evolve fast’ and are becoming ‘increasingly complex and adaptable’.
Data by Eurostat and the 2020 Digital Economy and Skills Index (DESI), shows that 39% of EU citizens who used the internet in 2019 experienced security-related problems. Cyberattacks and digital threats, such as data breaches, online fraud, or data leaks also impact European businesses, and especially SMEs. At the same time, demand for skilled professionals in the field of cybersecurity is growing, with some estimates of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) pointing to a shortage of 1 million cybersecurity employees within the EU, and 3.5 million worldwide.
The European Union undertakes a variety of actions to address these challenges. Key agencies and partners of the European Commission (ENISA, ECSO) enhance cooperation between stakeholders and Member States. The new EU Cybersecurity Strategy pools funding and investment from major EU financial instruments (the Digital Europe Programme, Horizon Europe, and the Recovery Plan for Europe to enhance cybersecurity resilience for SMEs, upskill EU workforce and reach the 2030 targets of the Digital Decade.
In particular, the Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL) is investing in learning and training opportunities that will enhance the knowledge in cybersecurity in Europe. The new Work Programmes for 2021-2022 set out part of the actions to be implemented in the first two years, outlining the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €1.98 billion in funding. Three calls within this first set tackle advanced digital skills, including cybersecurity.
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