EU Intensifies Efforts to Close Cyber Skills Gap with New Funding and Initiatives

A Eurobarometer survey reveals a growing cyber skills shortage in the EU, highlighting the need for more cybersecurity specialists and highly cybersecurity-aware staff in companies. This aligns with an ENISA report linking the skills gap to increased cyber threats, posing a major risk to network systems and the Single Market. 

To address this, the Commission has increased efforts to raise awareness and boost cybersecurity skills, including initiatives under the Cybersecurity Skills Academy. Launched a year ago, this academy aims to strengthen cooperation between public and private sectors to meet cybersecurity labor market needs. Vice President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner Thierry Breton have collaborated with industry leaders offering free training through the academy. 

The Commission has also integrated the Women4Cyber Network to combat gender stereotypes in cybersecurity. This year, it allocated €10 million for cyber skills training programs for SMEs, start-ups, and the public sector, bringing total investment since 2021 to €600 million. New funding opportunities will be available in autumn 2024. 

Find out more on the European Commission’s website. 

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