By Sinéad Rodgers – Cyber Ireland Programme Coordinator
Cyber Ireland joins 21 Partners from 11 EU countries in the CyberHubs project that aims to bridge the cybersecurity skills gaps in Europe.
The CyberHubs project aims to enhance the cybersecurity skills ecosystem in Europe by establishing a network of 7 Cybersecurity Skills Hubs in Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Spain, which will promote the development of digital skills in cybersecurity and support the development of a skilled cybersecurity workforce.
The project includes champion partners such as MTU representing Cyber Ireland and Numeum, France, representing Campus Cyber, who are excellence centres in cybersecurity in their countries and in Europe. These partners bring expertise and best practices in the establishment and development of cybersecurity hubs, as well as knowledge transfer and capacity building activities. Seven national trade associations are included in the project consortium. These partners bring expertise in industry engagement, policy advocacy, and stakeholder management.
The project objectives include:
- conducting comprehensive cybersecurity skills mismatches analysis by mapping existing cybersecurity education and training offers across EU Member States,
- developing a national cybersecurity skills strategy in each partner country,
- organising a European Cybersecurity Hackathon to foster innovation,
- establishing twinnings between Cybersecurity Skills Hubs,
- and promoting collaboration between education and industry sectors.
The project target groups include industry players, learning providers, youth, students, NEETs (Not in Employment or Education and Training), professionals, policymakers, public organisations, NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations), CSOs (Civil Society Organisations), and other social partners who will get access to a variety of cybersecurity resources raising awareness and building their capacity, as well as learning and job opportunities.
The project’s expected results include:
- the establishment of a sustainable European Network of Cybersecurity Skills Hubs,
- the development of national cybersecurity skills strategies,
- the creation of innovative cybersecurity solutions through the Hackathon,
- the establishment of long-term partnerships and collaboration with the wider cybersecurity ecosystem,
- and the dissemination of project results through various communication channels.
This project aligns with Cyber Ireland’s “Developing the Workforce” Focus Area to support a sustainable pipeline of cyber security talent to meet industry demand and needs.