“Safeguarding against Phishing in the age of 4th Industrial Revolution” (“CyberPhish”)

About the project

Cybersecurity becomes 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 and the phishing was the most frequent security incident. Phishing is one of the highest problems because cybercriminals use faster and innovative technological tools to carry out phishing campaigns. Therefore human-driven phishing defence system that leverages human instinct for detection and technology to scale response should be developed and freely available for wide audience. To create human-driven phishing defence, education is required for the user to become capable of identifying and responding to phishing attacks in the correct manner.

The objective of the project: 

To educate students of higher education institutions, educators, university staff (members of the community), education centres, business sector (employers and employees), and encourage critical thinking of the target group in the field of cyber security.

Project start date:

2 November 2020.

Project duration:

24 months.

Project results

The project parners are analyzing, designing, developing and implementing an up-to-date curriculum, e-learning materials, blended learning environment, knowledge and skills self-evaluation and knowledge evaluation system simulations for students and other users in order to prevent from phishing attacks, raise competencies in this area for identification and prevention of threats.

The main intellectual outputs are related to cybersecurity and future competencies and they include:
1. Study analysis and recommendations: Avoiding phishing attacks and improving critical thinking: 
(IO1-A1) Survey results “Recognising phishing and skills gaps”  (ESTGRLVLT)
(IO1-A2) Results “Analysis of Existing Cybersecurity training programmes”  (ESTGRLVLT
2. Course Curriculum and localization
(IO2-A1) Short version of curricula for dissemination (ESTGRLVLT)
(IO2 A2) Extended version of curricula for training material development and for training (ESTGRLVLT)
CyberPhish online course
3. (IO3) Online learning material (the output is integrated into the online learning platform)
4. (IO4) Simulations for education (gamification) (the output is integrated into the online learning platform)
5. (IO5) Self-evaluation knowledge evaluation system (the output is integrated into the online learning platform)
6. Methodological guidelines for trainers and for implementation of „Phishing in age of 4th industrial revolution“:
(IO6-A1) Methodological Guidelines for Trainers (ESTGRLV, LT)
(IO6-A2) Guidelines for Implementation (EST, GR, LV, LT)