Cybersecurity is becoming one of the biggest challenges in the digital age, because information becomes an expensive asset dealing with huge data volumes, improving communication with digital environment. Digital devices and information systems increasingly become attractive for cyber-attacks. Eurostat states, that „…in 2019, approximately 1 in 3 EU citizens aged 16 to 74 reported security-related incidents when using the internet for private purposes in 2019 in the last 12 months. During this period phishing was the most frequent security incident reported in 2019.“ This shows that usage of hardware and software security solutions alone are not very effective fighting with those threats, because no system or security software can guarantee 100% protection from phishing attacks.
Preventive measures in fighting against phishing attacks
To address the mentioned problems, DOREA has jointed the Erasmus+ funded project on the “Safeguarding against Phishing in the age of 4 Industrial Revolution” (CyberPhish) developed by Vilnius university researchers. The objective of the CyberPhish project is to develop a learning material to educate students of higher education institutions, educators, university staff (members of the community), education centres, business sector (employers and employees), and encourage their critical thinking in the field of cyber security. The special emphasis will be place in recognising and reacting to the phishing security risks.
The project partners are going to design a curriculum, e-learning materials, a blended learning environment, knowledge and skills self-assessment and knowledge evaluation system simulations for students and other users in order to prevent from phishing attacks. The project will also raise the competencies to recognise the phishing threats and to apply countermeasures to mitigate them. University of Tartu will lead the development of the online learning material.
At the beginning of the project, a study analysis about the recognition of phishing attacks and critical thinking by using psychological aspects will be carried out. Recommendations for the development of an educational measure will be provided as well. The obtained results will help to create a core curriculum and material, tests, scenarios for simulations, guidelines for trainers and for course implementation.
The start of the project: 02.11.2020. The duration of the project: 24 months.
The project coordinator is Vilnius university (Lithuania) and 5 partners:
- Macdac Engineering Consultancy Bureau LTD – MECB (Malta)
- Dorea Educational Institute (Cyprus)
- Public institution “Information Technologies Institute” (Lithuania)
- Tartu Ulikool (Estonia)
- Altacom, SIA (Latvia)
More information about the project can be found here.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.