The project MISSILE is focused on extremely hot topic, developing key competencies, related to awareness about the information security vulnerabilities, threats and countermeasures. The main goal of the project is to develop a methodology for raising awareness of the information security vulnerabilities, threats and security solutions through learning and training and therefore increase overall security level of users and organizations.

Information security is among the most important challenges in the contemporary highly connected world. Both organizations and people in their ordinary lives are becoming more and more dependent on their information systems and online services – purchases, education and training, business, communication, collaborative work, all requiring personal or sensitive data. The major threats to the important information in digital age include social engineering, identity theft, malware propagation, various kinds of network attacks, social media and third party attacks, etc. These threats, most of them rapidly evolving and coming from any location, are highly critical for local and state authorities, who work with private and sensitive data. The Internet and other aspects of the information infrastructure are inherently transnational. The number and sophistication of transnational attacks on computers and the information infrastructure are increasing at alarming rates. Finding effective solutions to counteract implies collaboration on international teams. This leads to the idea that it is critical to raise security awareness of the wide audience and especially the employees from local and state authorities of the present vulnerabilities and threats, to the potential security breaches could prevent many successful intrusions. This idea fully complies to the GDPR (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) initiative to strengthen and unify data protection within and outside the EU. Apart from the technical aspects the training will include also legal regulations and economic aspects of information security.

  • Define user needs and requirements in the field of the information security training – to minimize the gap between user needs and security training solutions, MISSILE will aim at understanding the fragmentation of demand by studying training needs of users and organizations in relation to state-of the-art platform offerings;

  • Develop a concept for information security training, covering the major issues regarding the contemporary information security trends – in order to create an effective and feasible methodology for the information security training, the present learning approaches (immersive, role-based, problem-based, adaptive learning, etc.) will be examined and the synergies between the most appropriate ones will be combined into a complete methodology;

  • Develop platform, which implements the created methodology in a feasible and reliable way – this objective aims to develop a security training platform able to incorporate different learning methodologies in an intelligent and highly cohesive way by exploiting individual characteristics and synergies between the learning approaches.

  • Create learning materials, related to information security issues, social engineering, users’ beliefs and understandings about sensitive data and information security, as well as selecting and applying properly defined security policies, mechanisms and countermeasures;

  • Conduct effective valorisation of the created concept and its realization by conducting of piloting with a selected target group of users.
  • Burgas Free University-BFU (Bulgaria) (Coordinator)
  • Predict Consulting-PC (Romania)
  • Center for Social Innovation LTD-CSI (Cyprus)
  • Yasar University-YU (Turkey)

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