Huawei - For a better connected Europe

My grandpa, now 85 years old, followed a course on using the internet some years ago. Having bought a pc, he regularly Skypes with me and my brother, looks stuff up on the web and even pays his bills online. Being the good (and somewhat worried) grandson that I am, I remind him regularly that his bank will never send him an email asking him to confirm his password – I doubt security was part of his curriculum.
Nearly everyone is connected through a pc, smartphone or tablet, but awareness of potential risks or threats is still lagging behind. Today marks the 10thSafer Internet Day, an initiative to raise awareness on safe use of the internet and “celebrated” in over 70 countries worldwide.
Within the framework of the Safer Internet Day, the European Network and Information Security Agency ENISA published its Brokerage model for Network & Information Security (NIS) in Education report. This report follows earlier reports (2011 & 2012) on network information security in education and is targeted at “educators” – trainers and teachers in formal and non-formal education.
The report presents three case studies with countries perspectives, from the Czech Republic, ‘Strategy of community education in project —Prague safe online’, from Germany, ‘10th anniversary of the Safer Internet Day provides an opportunity to increase awareness’, and from Norway, ‘Norwegian Centre for Information Security’. It also presents a case on hacking, shedding light on motivations and uses.
Drawing on the case studies, the report provides a set of recommendations to be taken into account by NIS in Education stakeholders:
  • Learning experiences on hacking should be organized with a clear focus on educational purpose vs. legal implications of misbehaviour;
  • Hacker contests and Cyber Challenges should be focusing on protection and receiving tips on preventive actions;
  • The community education model should be given further considerations;
  • Emphasize on the importance of awareness-raising measures as a continuous cooperation at both national and international levels;
  • Relying on more interdisciplinary solutions.

Whereas the threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated and continue to evolve, there is no doubt that only by proper education of experts and end-users we can reduce the risk of all involved. That said, I’ll call my grandpa tonight to remind him that his bank will never ask for his password by email. I do hope he remembers next time he receives a phishing mail…

Wout Van Wijk, EU Public Affairs Manager responsible for all matters related to cyber security

 

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