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The European Cybersecurity Skills Framework (ECSF) is a new tool developed by ENISA and an Ad-hoc working group in order to enhance and promote harmonisation in the ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development, and to build a single European vocabulary for cybersecurity skills and roles.

The ECSF intends to build a consistent understanding of the roles, abilities, skills, and knowledge utilised by and for individuals, businesses, and training providers throughout EU Member States, in order to solve the cybersecurity skills shortage in Europe, as highlighted by the recent ENISA publication "Addressing Skills Shortage and Gap Through Higher Education".

The ECSF 0.5 (a consolidated draft version)

A consolidated draft version of the Framework was presented by ENISA in a webinar held on April 5. The draft 0.5 includes 12 profiles of cybersecurity professionals needed in Europe, with information on their key skills, main tasks, knowledge and a link to the e-CF Explorer Self assessment tool.

The final version of the European Cybersecurity Skills Framework will be presented during a cybersecurity conference that ENISA will host in Athens, Greece, in the 2nd half of September 2022. Check out the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform for new updates on the event and this initiative!

Digital skills resource details

Target audience
Digital skills for ICT professionals and other digital experts.
Digital technology / specialisation
Geographic scope - Country
Industry - field of education and training
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) not further defined
Software and applications development and analysis
Security services not further defined
Target language
Geographical sphere
EU institutional initiative

Skills framework as guidelines for professions in cybersecurity

Skills resource type
Training curricula