Cyber phishing affects several areas in Industry apart from Information Technology. In this regard, MECB Ltd targeted and eventually held two multiplier events; one on the 19 October 2022 and one on the 22 October 2022, targeting students from different study programmes from Higher Education Institutions (HEI), as well as technology experts, policy makers and teachers.
The CyberPhish Multiplier event main aims were two-fold. Firstly, the multiplier event was aimed at introducing stakeholders, beneficiaries and other partners to the project outcomes, outputs, courseware, pre-tests and tests and guidelines thus creating awareness raising and dissemination of results. Secondly, it also aimed to discuss and provide feedback about the outputs including how the project results and resources could be transferred to stakeholders. This feedback was collected from the various stakeholders during the multiplier events through group discussions, hands-on experiences with the new learning materials and through post event online questionnaires.
Both events had the same program focusing on introducing the topic of Cyber Phishing, delving into some detail on the outputs of the CyberPhish project through an interactive session where participants were given a detailed explanation of the Study Analysis carried out (IO1), the Course Curriculum (IO2) and the Online Material (IO3) together with an explanation of the Knowledge Evaluation System (IO5) as well as details on the Implementation Guidelines for Trainers (IO6). This was followed by a hands-on session on Simulations on Cyber Attacks (IO4) after the coffee break. Thus, all Intellectual Outputs of the Project were covered during each multiplier event.
Each event ended with a panel discussion on how the project results can be used together with a final networking and event reflection session at the end. It is pertinent to note that the latter was important to stimulate discussion on the importance of the topic but more importantly on the impact of the outputs of the project. Indeed, considering the importance of cyber-attacks and the impact these have on businesses, the main discussion revolved on how the results of the project, especially the course programme and the scenarios, can be used within the private sector and outside the academic fora.