The Youth IGF engagement on cybersecurity is based on the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace. It is also a response to the Christchurch Call, which emphasises the importance of working with civil society to promote community-led efforts for a free, open and secure internet, as well as the UN Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, which identifies trust and security in the digital environment as one of its eight key areas for action.
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Cybersecurity is on everybody’s minds today. Governments across the globe understand this, and are making cybersecurity one of the most urgent priorities on their national agenda.
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The difficulties in finding an appropriate and swift response once a cybersecurity issue has been discovered is potentially related to the lack of real professional skills gained at operational level, including cross-sectoral cooperation and the lack of public-private cooperation in cybersecurity skills educational curricula.
The development and implementation of new cybersecurity standards go hand in hand with the cybersecurity skills that will be essential to guarantee cyber protection for citizens. For this reason, the Youth IGF aims to ensure that young professionals are active in the field of cybersecurity skills and develop recommendations for action based on the voice of the young to help narrow the cybersecurity skills gap.
A lack of cybersecurity professionals could make the implementation of the Paris Call problematic, meaning there is today an urgent need for multi-stakeholder action on cybersecurity skills.
The idea of the Summit is based on recommendations that emerged from a large consultation led by the Youth IGF in 2020. It involved youth, business and policy actors that tried to understand the cybersecurity market, its challenges and approaches in addressing the cybersecurity skills gap in Europe.
The main goal of the Summit is to create better opportunities for young people in the cybersecurity area by helping to eliminate the cybersecurity skills gap.