Internet safety message must be simplified, Sophos tells cyber security summit


Internet safety message must be simplified, Sophos tells cyber security summit

Warwick Ashford

Cyber safety is more about awareness than technology, but that message is not being communicated effectively, says James Lyne, director of technology strategy at Sophos.

"We need to change the way we communicate this message," he told the EastWest Institute's Second Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit in London.

Lyne was reporting the outcomes of the EWI's International Youth Congress on Digital Citizenship held earlier in the week. The youth congress was aimed at bringing young people with government, business and technical leaders to discuss solutions to universal internet challenges.


Teaching skills for internet security

It is clear from the congress that we have to move towards greater cyber literacy in society through teaching the necessary skills at an early age, says Lyne.

"Participants at the youth congress agreed that cyber safety must be communicated through a variety of ways, and that young people are more likely to listen to peers than anyone else," he said.

Lyne says there is a case to be made for a public-private initiative to enable passionate role models to speak in schools about why internet security is an interesting profession.

Technology will continue to develop at a rapid rate, criminals will continue to carry out attacks, so this is not something that will disappear in a generation, he says.


Recommendations from the EWI Youth Congress on Digital Citizenship 

  • Make a place for cyber skills and security in the school curriculum
  • Treat cyber skills and safety as important as all other school topics
  • Schools should consider peer-based mentoring programmes
  • Promote the message that online and offline life are one and the same
  • Make the topic of cyber safety exciting and relevant
  • Have enthusiastic cyber security role models
  • Speak in language that is more accessible and understandable
  • Introduce train the trainer programmes for teachers on cyber safety


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