A challenge for the coming decade: the cybersecurity skills gap

Friday, 12th November, 2021 (13:00 UTC) - Friday, 12th November, 2021 (14:00 UTC)

How the IGF can influence policy and youth perspectives

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.

The Paris Call, made during the 2018 Internet Governance Forum, underlines the importance of peace in cyberspace and of guaranteeing online security for citizens. It welcomes “collaboration among governments, the private sector and civil society to create new cybersecurity standards that enable infrastructures and organizations to improve cyber protections.”

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 proposes to initiate the discussion on the role of the IGF through policy and youth perspective 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.




Disclaimer: This session is organized by Together Against Cybercrime and Youth IGF Movement. United Nations does not take any responsibility for its content and delivery.