The 18th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security (CRITIS2023) recently convened at the Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland. This renowned event, held from September 13th to 15th, brought together experts from diverse sectors to address crucial challenges in information infrastructure security.
Among the participants, the Lithuanian Cybercrime Centre of Excellence for Training, Research & Education (L3CE) made a contribution. Evaldas Bružė from L3CE took the stage to present Project EAGLE, shining a spotlight on a pressing issue: the digital skills gap faced by European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
Project EAGLE acknowledges that SMEs are increasingly recognizing the significance of digitalization for competitiveness and growth. However, a significant hurdle they face is the scarcity of individuals with relevant digital skills. This issue is underscored by surveys revealing a shortage of ICT expertise in the job market.
The project also addresses the gender gap in the ICT workforce, emphasizing the need for more inclusive pathways into ICT careers.
In essence, Project EAGLE underscores the importance of collaboration between education communities and businesses. By identifying and filling skill gaps in the SME sector, Project EAGLE contributes to building a digitally proficient European workforce.
In conclusion, CRITIS2023 served as a vital platform for discussing information infrastructure security. L3CE’s presentation of Project EAGLE highlighted the urgency of addressing the digital skills gap. Collaboration between stakeholders is key to ensuring the resilience and security of our interconnected world.
More updates on the project and the upcoming courses coming soon.