Working Group D: Cyber Security Culture and Skills

The theme Cyber Security Culture and Skills has been endorsed by the GFCE community in the Delhi Communiqué as one of the five prioritized themes for cyber capacity building to

  1. Promote comprehensive awareness across all stakeholders of cyber-related threats and vulnerabilities and empower them with the knowledge, skills, and sense of shared responsibility to practice safe and informed behaviors in the use of ICTs, and to
  2. Involve all stakeholders to create a workforce with a set of cyber security skills and knowledge employers require.


GFCE Working Group D focusses on the following topics:

  • Cyber Security Awareness
  • Education and Training, with a focus on Cyber Security Workforce Development

Research and Projects

Working Group D has identified 98 projects, 32 publications, and 17 tools relating to cyber security culture and skills. These can be accessed on the website of the Cybil Portal: 

Focus for 2021

Every year the Working Group is updating its focus based on opportunities for collaboration on new projects within the GFCE Community. In 2020, the Working Group has focused its work on the development of a GFCE WG D Cyber Security Awareness Campaigns Toolkit.



GFCE White Paper: Task Force on Cybersecurity Professional Training and Development and

GFCE White Paper: Task Force on Cyber Security Awareness

WG D participants identified the need for more information on existing programs for cybersecurity awareness and professional education and training. The Chair and Task Force Leaders of WG D, together with the GFCE Secretariat, devised a questionnaire to which the WG D membership provided input pertaining to current initiatives for promoting cybersecurity awareness, education, professional training, and development. This input was collected in the database of initiatives. In addition, this white paper is supplemented by the analysis of secondary sources.


In 2019, the WG identified potential deliverables on education, training, and workforce developments frameworks. Working Group members submitted views and recommendations in relation to the request for comments by NIST for the update to the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, NIST Special Publication 800-181. The document can be found here.


In 2020, WG D formed a smaller Project Team on Cyber Awareness to work on the development of a Cyber Security Awareness Campaigns Toolkit. The Project Team is currently working on the research towards the implementation of the toolkit and aims to deliver a first plan by the GFCE Annual V-Meeting 2020.

 Details of work done by Working Group D can be found in GFCE Annual Report 2020.

Ambitions for Working group D in 2021 can also be found in the Working groups Workplan.