Securing tomorrow: Building resilience through education | Global Cybersecurity Forum

The debate highlighted the need for collaborative efforts between various stakeholders, including the government, private sector, and educators, to address the growing challenges of cybersecurity. Emphasis was placed on integrating cybersecurity education into the education system.

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During the Global Cybersecurity Forum‘s session titled ‘Securing Tomorrow: Building Resilience Through Education,’ Excellency Mr Yusuf Albanyan, the Education Minister of Saudi Arabia, and Moderator Nisha Pillay engaged in a discussion, shedding light on the critical imperative of cybersecurity education and awareness in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape.

Integrating cybersecurity education into the education system

Mr. Yusuf Albanyan highlighted the urgency of integrating cybersecurity education into the education system, emphasising its potential to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate the challenges of the digital world. He underscored the crucial role of teachers in this process and the need for comprehensive training programs to enhance their abilities.

Responsible online behaviour

The discussion underscored the importance of instilling responsible online behaviour from an early age, given the growing prevalence of cyber threats. Both speakers emphasised the significance of introducing cybersecurity education to children, recognising that they are born into a digital world and require guidance to develop responsible digital citizenship.

Public-private collaborations and cybersecurity initiatives

Mr. Albanyan stressed the necessity of collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors, emphasising the role of private companies in developing innovative solutions and technologies to counter cyber threats. The speakers acknowledged existing initiatives, such as the AMIN program, that promote cybersecurity awareness through exhibitions, lectures, and ambassador-driven campaigns.

Role of teachers

Nisha Pillay shed light on the essential role of teachers in a digitized education system, highlighting the need for digital literacy and cybersecurity training programs to support their effective teaching. The discussion emphasised the importance of equipping educators with the necessary skills and resources to educate students about cybersecurity.

Ethical implications of AI in education

The potential benefits and ethical considerations of integrating AI in education were deliberated. While acknowledging its potential to enhance teaching and research capabilities, the participants emphasised the need for careful management to mitigate associated risks and ensure ethical use within the learning environment.

Private sector role in digital dducation

The discussion recognised the active engagement of the private sector in bolstering cybersecurity measures. It stressed the crucial role played by private companies in developing cutting-edge solutions and technologies to combat cyber threats. The value of digital education, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, was highlighted as a vital tool in ensuring the continuity of education during challenging times.

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