Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is fully committed to playing a positive role in narrowing the digital skills and talent divide in Europe – particularly in relation to cybersecurity. Kaspersky Lab believes that capacity building relies not only on improving elite, sector-specific skills at tertiary level, but in the general promotion of STEM subjects at primary level and computer science at secondary level. As such, Kaspersky Lab's commitment will be divided into two key areas: 

  1. At the junior, secondary and tertiary levels, Kaspersky Lab will work with partners to promote computer science skills, with a particular focus on cybersecurity, whilst raising awareness more broadly of the skills gap and educating the public about its likely consequences.
  2. At the tertiary level, Kaspersky Lab will work with universities to help ensure cybersecurity graduates are armed with relevant skills to enter the workforce. To achieve this, the organisation will actively develop and increase existing cooperation with European universities, which includes consultation and collaboration (including PPPs), cybersecurity education days for students, and the development of a Masters degree.
Last update: 03/11/2017
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Pledge Category

Digital skills for labour force

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2018

Other Pledge details

Public Funding: NO
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Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity company. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats.

Qualitative Impact

• Raising awareness about cyber threats and the possible impacts of the cybersecurity skills shortage, whilst positioning cybersecurity as a viable career path for students.
• Improving skills at tertiary level (ensuring future graduates are equipped with relevant, industry-specific skills).

Quantitative Impact

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

1. ‘Futureproofing Cybersecurity’ campaign which is designed to raise awareness and provide real solutions aimed at bridging the skills and talent gaps in cybersecurity

- KL EDU program in the Barcelona International Bootcamp ACM ICPC 2017 (February 6-13, 2017)

-«Kaspersky Cyberday» in Royal Holloway University of London /RHUL/
(March 15, 2017)

- A CyberSecurity Tournament (March to mid-April), engagement with top Belgium universities (Ecole Royale Militaire, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université Catholique de Louvain, Université de Namur, Haute Ecole de Bruxelles, Haute Ecole Libre de Bruxelles)

-Сybersecurity Awareness Ambassador Program - Pilot for Europe was announced in Cyber Day on 5 May, 2017 at Munich TU

- Sponsorship of Starmus Festival 2017, Norway, 18-23 June 2017

- Kaspersky International Academic Partner Summit in Prague, 5-6 December 2017



2. Formalizing and establishing relationships with universities

RHUL, University College, École Normale Supérieure, Ecole Royale Militaire, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université Catholique de Louvain, Université de Namur, Haute Ecole de Bruxelles, Haute Ecole Libre de Bruxelles etc.

3. Online and Master courses

- Kaspersky Cybersecurity Certification Program

-Learning kit 'Fundamentals of Cybersecurity' (preliminary version ready)

-Webinars at the RAU-KL CS Master Degree Program (8 Webinars on 'Algorithms and Information Security')

Milestones

Milestone name Completion date Status
‘Futureproofing Cybersecurity’ campaign which is designed to raise awareness and provide real solutions aimed at bridging the skills and talent gaps in cybersecurity 31/12/2018 On Track
Forging new partnerships and formalizing existing relationships with universities 31/12/2017 On Track
Online and Master courses – preparatory stage 31/12/2017 On Track
Online and Master courses – active phase 31/12/2018 On Track