Cybersecurity education in European higher education institutions

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This research paper presents some of the findings of an ongoing Cyber Citizen Initiative project (2022-24), which benchmarked civic cybersecurity education and training in all European Union (EU) member states. The research paper focuses on cybersecurity education in higher education. The study concluded that cybersecurity education varies across the EU. Whereas some countries have dozens of higher education institutes providing education in cybersecurity, some others have only a few institutions and educational programmes for the topic. In general, the educational programmes tend to be specific and focus on technical skills. A wider understanding of cybersecurity as a societal concern, civic cybersecurity skills, and discipline geared cybersecurity competence building may be lacking from the curricula.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHEAd 2023 - 9th International Conference on Higher Education Advances
PublisherUniversidad Politecnica de Valencia
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9788413960852
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 19 Jun 202322 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances
ISSN (Electronic)2603-5871


ConferenceInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances
Abbreviated titleHEAd


  • Cybersecurity competence
  • cybersecurity education
  • cybersecurity skills
  • European Union
  • higher education


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