An Overview of International Cyber-Security Awareness Raising and Educational Initiatives (2011)

1.2. Key Findings – Component 1 – International initiatives

Component 1 of the research found that a diverse range of education and awareness campaigns have been conducted on Cyber-Security issues. This report examined 68 international initiatives (these are the subject of detailed review in Appendix 1 – International Campaigns at page 22).

The research included a comparative analysis of these campaigns (refer to Chapter 2 – Comparative analysis of international initiatives at page 6).

Key findings concerning international initiatives include:

  • The dominant tools used in most campaigns were basic web sites and publications. The proportion of campaigns employing interactive tools such as games and quizzes was quite low. Also, the proportion of campaigns that included a reporting or counselling service was very low;
  • Government organisations (either departments or regulators) were the dominant ‘host’ of the campaigns, although consortiums that included the private sector were also common. A smaller number of campaigns were hosted by the community sector;
  • The topics covered in the campaigns were quite diverse – no single topic appeared in a majority of campaigns;
  • There are some gaps in the content provided in the education programs identified in this study;
  • The target audience for campaigns included in this study was also quite diverse – no single target group dominated and many of the campaigns targeted multiple groups; and
  • Information on the cost of campaigns was difficult to acquire – out of the 68 programs included in the study, 4 programs disclosed budget information.