Qatar expands educational cybersecurity curricula

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Qatar expands educational cybersecurity curricula

Qatar’s National Cyber Security Agency (NCSA) is set to expand the Educational Cybersecurity Curricula to private schools in the region this year.

During the course of 2023, the NCSA, implemented the curricula to all government schools in the region. This was based upon the agency’s desire to create a digitally secure society and build a new generation of cyber-aware digital users who would be capable of dealing with the new digital world securely and safely.

The curricula will initially be rolled out to around 170 private schools as part of phase 1, with a further 100 private schools involved in phase 2.

Dalal al-Aqeedi, Director, National Cyber Excellence Department at the National Cyber Security Agency, said: “The agency aims, as part of its overall strategy, to enhance cybersecurity indicators, digital safety, and digital literacy for various segments of the society, with students at forefront. Digital literacy for students will be a fundamental pillar in preparing the community as a whole.”

With a growing skills gap already evident in the cybersecurity sector, raising awareness and boosting skills from a young age could be a key part of securing Qatar’s digital future. The initiative is being run in conjunction with The Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The NCSA has previously launched a data classification policy as part of its efforts to increase cybersecurity measures in Qatar.