While the increased use of the Internet during the epidemic increased exposure to cybercrime, a group of countries appeared in the right direction in facing risks, as Switzerland topped the global education and awareness of Internet risks index (oliverwymanforum), while Saudi Arabia came third in the Arab world, due to its strong policies and educational systems And its widespread use in training and support for citizens to reduce risks.
The fastest growing crime
For decades, governments have increased their cyber security budgets for national defense, but have not invested enough to teach citizens adequate cyber skills despite the growing reliance on the Internet, and this position has contributed to cyberattacks becoming one of the fastest growing crimes. The situation has become more urgent during the epidemic with the increasing dependence on the Internet, as millions of people around the world now depend on it for work, school, health and basic services, yet many do not understand the risks and lack the skills to keep themselves, their communities and employers safe.
Governments need to improve cybersecurity using the same strategies presented to make driving safer, just as governments impose airbags and sensors in cars, they must require building safer digital devices, just as drivers and passengers are taught how to wear seat belts and follow road rules, citizens must be taught How to safely navigate the internet highway, so far, most governments’ strategies to improve cybersecurity ignore the importance of continuing awareness of cyber risks for their citizens across all ages and social demographics. Many countries publish ambitious policies and plans, but few include actual steps or steady funding to complete the work .
Educating the vulnerable digitally
Providing personalized content for at-risk populations such as the elderly, immigrants, and lower-income groups should be a priority as well. Cyber-risk education is often left to the private sector, which can overlook disadvantaged populations such as the elderly, who tend to be less demographic digitally intelligent. .
American netizens over the age of 60 lost $ 650 million through online scams in 2018, according to a report by the Aspen Institute.
In contrast, fourth-ranked Australia has been able to educate hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, parents and community groups through its Cyber Safety Committee, which is dedicated to dealing with the safety of its citizens online. The commission’s initiative combines communication, collaboration, and action across law enforcement. Social welfare agencies and mental health groups, as of August 2019, more than 11,000 teachers and 475,000 students, parents and community groups have participated in the cyber safety programs.
Improve the quality of awareness
Governments also need to improve the quality of Internet risk education by better training teachers, and ensuring that educational materials are available and up-to-date. Estonia, which ranks seventh on the index, has prioritized digital education in response to the 2007 large-scale cyberattacks that paralyzed banks, government agencies, and outlets. Media For weeks, this Baltic country now has one of the most advanced digital societies in the world, free wireless internet is available almost everywhere, and the nation uses quantitative metrics to track progress against practical goals, the country began digitizing all its educational materials in 2015, This enabled 87% of Estonian schools to use online learning even before the Coronavirus.