„Nevěřte všemu, co se vám k věření předkládá: Zkoumejte vše a přesvědčujte se sami!“
Jan Ámos Komenský.
Cyber security is already a global problem. We can connect things with each other, and we can make them communicate with each other. However, this increases the risk that someone will control them and cause not only financial damage. We can bring information to people all over the world in near real time, but we cannot accurately assess their truthfulness by being overwhelmed with information. It is used by both individuals and societies and entire states. There is talk of cyber or hybrid war. For many, the distinction between the real and virtual worlds is blurred.
In this context, it is more than appropriate that both primary and secondary school pupils are adequately educated in cyber security on two levels. The first is the security of the devices they use so that they are not controlled by a foreign entity, they do not deprive them of their data or finances. The second is the ability to navigate the Internet and face its pitfalls. Thus, to be immune to various disinformation campaigns, by falling into the bubbles of propagating conspiracy theories, influencing their worldview. But also the ability to face predators on the Internet who want to use their inexperience and later blackmail or directly abuse them.
In the school year of 2020/2021, the first students from the pilot field of Cyber Security education are based at the Smíchov Secondary Industrial School and Grammar School, and at the Brno Secondary School of Informatics and Post. We consider it appropriate to have fun what worked and what, on the contrary, needed to be adjusted in order to provide relevant information to other schools that decide to address this issue in teaching as well.
Cyber security is best taught in communities, and we are interested in creating in the Czech Republic just a self-learning community based on high school students, but which will have an overlap and connection with students similarly focused (gifted) in primary and higher education. We therefore want to network secondary schools, their principals, teachers and students. We want to come up with projects and competitions in which we will cooperate for a long time.
We are looking for schools that will become a community center of cyber security in their region and will gradually pack other schools, their principals, teachers, students.
We also want to establish concrete cooperation between the resulting community and regional and state administration, with professional organizations and private entities. All of them will need more and more cyber security experts in the future, so it is in their vital interest to support such a community and help network talent from different schools. Perhaps it is from them that experts will be recruited in the future to prevent a cyber attack on property and human lives, to spread alarming disinformation and to influence public opinion in order to create chaos and disintegrate a democratic state.
Therefore, we decided to organize a Conference on Cyber Security, which has the main goal to lay the foundation for the emergence of the community, in which it will be quite natural to share examples of good practice, collaborate on joint concrete projects and also spread awareness in localities among principals, teachers, students, pupils and their parents.
The first day of the conference will be hybrid, ie the discussants will be physically present in the premises provided by the City of Prague, others will have the opportunity to watch the conference live and participate in discussions with their contributions or questions sent through the selected system. These questions or statements will be available to the panel moderator and will be reproduced by its participants. During the breaks between the panels, there will be space for the presentation of projects of conference partners or for interviews with interesting people, experts, principals, teachers, students. These outputs will either be realized live from the studio or will be pre-recorded.
Not only personalities from state and regional administration, cyber security experts, but also principals, teachers and high school students will be invited to the panels. The conference itself is organized by second-year students of the Smíchov Secondary Industrial School and grammar school from the pilot field of education Cyber Security. The live broadcast is provided by the Preslova Media House, established at the Smíchov Secondary School and Grammar School. This is also unique.
The second day of the conference will be based on workshops where working groups composed of various actors in the field of cyber security will look for joint projects and also prepare a memorandum of cooperation. The aim is to reach concrete conclusions and lay the foundation for a community in the field of cyber security. We want representatives of the conference partners, representatives of state and regional administration, principals, teachers and students of the participating schools to appear in each working group.
The second day of the conference will have a hybrid character, live inputs from the studio and also connecting participants via video conferencing, which will allow them to work together on a document in a suitably chosen environment and then introduce other working groups and the public, who will not participate in working groups. but will be interested in watching the conference.
At the end of the conference, a memorandum on cooperation will be created, as well as proposals for specific projects and their possible financing with the help of state, regional or specific calls from European, state or regional grant programs.
Director of SSPŠ
Head of NÚKIB
Retired army general of the army of the Czech republic
Centum exlelence ITU, ČVUT FEL
President of the Czech branch AFCEA
Project director Charles Games
Department of Information technologies and technical education
Cyber security teacher
Manager of Cybersecurity and Commissioner for personal data protection
Coordinator of JSNS
Elementary school student
Deputy director of the Department of Basic Education and Youth
Cyber security teacher
Director of the Secondary School of Informatics and Postal Services in Brno
Deputy Minister of Education, Sports and Youth
Head of the NÚKIB Department of Education
Director of The Cyber Security Center
Crime prevention department
Director of SPŠ and SOŠ Dvůr Králové nad Labem
Doctoral PEDF UK
Director of the Prague Innovation Institute
Teacher of professional subjects in the field of KYB, head of IT
Cyber security teacher
A first-year student of cyber security
Without the help of our partners, the conference could hardly have taken place to such an extent. We thank Charles University for providing the physical space to hold the event.