IGF 2022 WS #420 Skills of tomorrow: youth on the cybersecurity job market

Time
Thursday, 1st December, 2022 (12:35 UTC) - Thursday, 1st December, 2022 (14:05 UTC)
Room
Press Briefing Room

Organizer 1: Emilia Zalewska, Project Youth Summit, Youth IGF Poland, Legal Tech Polska
Organizer 2: Rafał Prabucki, University of Silesia
Organizer 3: Pedro de Perdigão Lana, GEDAI/UFPR
Organizer 4: Mohammad Ali Jauhar, Internet Society Youth Standing Group

Speaker 1: Nancy Njoki Wachira, Technical Community, African Group
Speaker 2: Mohammad Ali Jauhar, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Samaila Atsen Bako, Technical Community, African Group
Speaker 4: Antonia Baskakov, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Additional Speakers

Teuntje Manders, Insight

Anna Rywczyńska, NASK PIB

Moderator

Emilia Zalewska, Civil Society, Eastern European Group

Online Moderator

Pedro de Perdigão Lana, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Rapporteur

Rafał Prabucki, Civil Society, Eastern European Group

Format

Debate - Auditorium - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

What are the cybersecurity “skills of tomorrow” - the ones that respond to the current challenges existing in the cybersecurity sector? What are the main gaps between the competencies companies seek and those that graduates possess upon completion of cybersecurity-oriented vocational or tertiary studies? How young people could contribute to improvement in the education sector of cybersecurity skills (for ex. peer-to-peer learning etc.)?

Connection with previous Messages: In the Katowice Messages, in part 4 “Universal Access and Meaningful Connectivity” there has been expressed a need to consider social environment (skills, education, content, multilingualism) as one of three crucial aspects of the concept of meaningful access. Moreover, it was stated that many countries are faced with low levels of digital literacy and digital skills. This workshop proposal intends to broaden this topic in the field of cybersecurity skills education. We believe that this is a particularly important issue today, as the cyber security sector is a rapidly growing branch of the job market. For this reason, it is worth considering which competencies the education and training system should equip young people with in order to help them meet the expectations of employers.

SDGs

4.4

Targets: The workshop is related to SDG Target 4. Quality Education, especially to point 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. The aim of the session is to discuss and create a set of recommendations for the education sector, policy-makers, companies and institutions on how to implement and develop learning programs and training that would equip youth with skills desired in the cybersecurity sector. Such recommendations can not only help to develop solutions that will help increase the chances of young people in the job market but also better prepare schools, universities, companies and other institutions to develop adequate capacity-building programmes.

Description:

At the last year’s Global Youth Summit, the Working Group on Cybersecurity presented a set of Points of Action, among which they pointed out the need for improvement in the field of cybersecurity education. The number of threats posed by cyber-attacks and cybercrime is constantly growing. As a result, employers are looking for young professionals equipped with the skills to effectively improve digital security in their company or institution. Despite this, traditional education still does not provide young people with the tools to help them find their way in the ever-changing cybersecurity job market. Over the year 2022, Dynamic Coalition IS3C (Internet Standards, Security and Safety) in close cooperation with the Youth Coalition on Internet Governance, Youth IGF Poland, the Asian-Pacific IGF and the global IG youth community has been conducting research on what is the gap between skills young graduates entering the job market have and skills employers require. The research included interviews, surveys and desktop research as well as multi-stakeholder workshops across the world, prepared in collaboration with leaders from the cybersecurity sector. The aim of the project is to gather the data that will help to prepare a set of policy recommendations and a list of good practices in the education and industry training for the cybersecurity sector. In this workshop, in the first part, participants (both onsite and online) will be asked to fill a few online polls to check what are their predictions on the results of the research. Then, the speakers will share the actual results and talk about personal experiences as young professionals in the cybersecurity job market. On the basis of these, the organisers plan a debate to take place between the speakers and the participants, in which they will jointly consider what are the cybersecurity “skills of tomorrow” - the ones that respond to the current challenges existing in the cybersecurity sector. The participants will be invited to share experiences, opinions and resources on the topic, both by speaking out and by putting a note on an online board on the Miro platform. Together with speakers, they will create an interactive map of recommendations and good practices on how to equip young people with skills desired by employers in the cybersecurity sector.

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcome of the workshop is a set of opinions, recommendations and good practices gathered in the form of an online interactive map. That resource will be later used to create further recommendations for the education sector, policy-makers, companies and institutions on how to implement and develop learning programs and training that would equip youth with skills desired in the cybersecurity sector.

Hybrid Format: All online and onsite participants will be an important part of the audience. Therefore, online and onsite moderators will cooperate to ensure that they will have an equal opportunity to join the discussion with speakers and to ask them questions. Moderators will especially ensure that there is a common queue of questions for online and onsite participants so that each group has the same priority to ask questions to the speakers, whether they are online or onsite. The session will include interactive elements for both online and onsite participants. The use of an online board on the platform Miro will facilitate the smooth exchange of comments between both types of participants. It is also planned to use Mentimeter for conducting polls at the beginning of the session.

Online Participation

 

Usage of IGF Official Tool.