The cyber defence field of study at Põltsamaa Coeducational gymnasium
In 2015, Põltsamaa Coeducational Gymnasium, a general education school in Põltsamaa, Estonia, became the first known school in Europe to implement a cyber defence field of studies in the upper secondary school curriculum. The school sees this as a vital innovation in the field of cybersecurity, which has been increasing in importance at an unstoppable rate in the past decades. Estonia and Europe will need both an informed digital society and more and more cybersecurity experts in the future. The aim of the project is to provide students with a more in depth education in cyber hygiene, ethics, relevant hardware and software, national defence and personal protection. In the Estonian cyber security expert career path, the programme is a new stepping stone - one that comes early rather than late. The first stages of the project have shown that the students are ready to take up this challenge. Are the policy-makers?
The project is ongoing.