Guidance Note for Developing a Cyber Resilience Learning Strategy

The Guidance Note explains the underlying methodology for supporting countries in developing a national cyber resilience learning strategy. This methodology is based on experience from previous country projects and will be continuously updated based on lessons-learned and feedback provided from stakeholders.

Pilot projects are implemented in two countries over a period of 15 months. Each project will be undertaken through three stages which build upon and complement each other.

Stage 1:

Project Inception, Awareness Raising & Knowledge Transfer (Month 1-3) 

During the first phase, an initial dialogue will take place with Government, UN Country Teams and bilateral development partners to develop a common understanding of project objectives and to identify ministries and other organizations (i.e. education and training institutions) that will actively participate in the project. This interaction as well as a review of relevant documents will generate an initial assessment of the status of cyber resilience capacity development activities in the country, including their training and skills development dimension. 

A national inception workshop on Strengthening Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development to Enhance Cyber Resilience will bring together representatives from key government sectors, different levels of government (i.e. national, sub-national and local level), national learning institutions, civil society, the private sector, UN agencies and other development partners that provide (or are interested in providing) assistance in the area of cyber resilience capacity development. The main objective of the workshop is to foster a discussion and stimulate a structured follow-up process to develop a strategy and action plan to strengthen human resources and skills to implement national, sub-national and local cyber resilience objectives. 

The workshop will be hosted by national governments and the UNCT, through their Resident Coordinators, with technical and methodological support provided by Cyber:Learn. Participants are invited by the national government. An important outcome of the national workshop is a roadmap and division of responsibilities among national actors to prepare a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development to Address Cyber Resilience.

If requested by a partner country, Cyber:Learn will support, in advance of the national workshop, a hand-on introductory cyber resilience learning session of 2-3 days. The event will cover introductory topics of cyber resilience. Enhancing knowledge in this area is expected to help national partners develop the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resource and Skills Development to Address Cyber Resilience (hereafter called the National Strategy) during stage 2.

Stage 2:

Development of a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development to Address Cyber Resilience (Month 4-9)

The main objectives of the National Strategy are to identify, through a country-driven process, concrete learning action, both in the short and medium term, and develop policy recommendations with the goal to develop a sustainable human resource base to address cyber resilience. The National Strategy is developed through collaboration of the government with national/local learning and vocational institutions, as well as other interested and affected parties. An important dimension of the National Strategy is to mainstream cyber resilience learning within existing learning strategies and projects, wherever possible.

The National Strategy document will be presented at a high-level launching event which will bring together national decision makers, civil society, the private sector, UN agencies and other members from the development community. At the launch event, commitment from different partners will be mobilized to support implementation of the recommended action.

Stage 3:

Implementation of Advanced Learning Action (Month 10-15)

As a concrete follow-up to the launch of the National Strategy, Cyber:Learn, working in collaboration with other development partners, will support at least two identified advanced learning activities/action. These activities will be executed by national/local partner institutions with Cyber:Learn and its network providing methodological and technical support.

The Guidance Note will be continuously updated based on the experience of country projects.