Introducing a new cybersecurity training framework for the transport and manufacturing industries

In an era, in which cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated, the need for comprehensive cybersecurity professional training is also growing. Recognising this need, the CYRUS project has developed a cybersecurity competence framework specifically for the manufacturing and transport industry. This methodology can help organisations, HR managers and training providers in crafting or updating cybersecurity training and awareness programmes for employees at all levels of their organisation, thereby enhancing the overall cybersecurity culture.

The CYRUS cybersecurity competence framework is the result of a collaborative effort that gathered insights from more than 40 experts across Europe. It emphasises the importance of using non-technical language in training and engaging non-IT staff in cybersecurity practices. Thus, it addresses a gap in current initiatives, which often neglect the contribution of non-IT roles to organisational security.

The framework is built around three main competence areas: Threat prevention, monitoring and management; policy and compliance as well as cybersecurity culture and human behaviour. It facilitates creating tailored learning paths for individuals in various job roles, based on their identified cybersecurity skills and knowledge. Learners can start at their individual proficiency level – beginner, skilled or expert – and follow multiple training routes for skilling or upskilling through a structured, modular learning path. This adaptability ensures that the training programmes are tailored, thereby making the learning relevant, engaging and directly applicable to each person’s role.

The CYRUS cybersecurity competence framework is a step towards addressing the importance of cybersecurity for all employees, fostering a cybersecurity culture across all sectors.

“Through the CYRUS project, we are taking a step forward in protecting our critical infrastructures by empowering every employee with the knowledge and skills to contribute to their organisation’s cybersecurity. We invite stakeholders across the transport and manufacturing sectors to use this framework and join us in our mission to safeguard our digital future by enhancing cybersecurity skills of all of us”, says Marina Baptista from the European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF).

Interested parties can download the template for the cybersecurity competence framework here:


The CYRUS project proposes a novel training system, where a complete set of skills to be vigilant, to identify and to respond to cyber-attacks will be delivered. The framework exploits innovative methods for training implementation. Virtualisation-dedicated cyber-range simulations in operational settings and work-based learning will allow timely and efficient course delivery, overcome the current hindrance, and raise interest in the awareness program and good practices.

The European research project was launched 1 January 2023, will run for three years and is led by Deep Blue S.r.l. The funding framework is provided by the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) as part of the European Union’s DIGITAL-2022-TRAINING-02 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101100733.

Project partners are: Deep Blue S.r.l. (Italy), Cefriel S.r.l. (Italy), SEARCH-LAB Ltd. (Hungary), G & N Silensec Ltd (Cyprus), The Polish Platform for Homeland Security (Poland), EIT Manufacturing Central gGmbH (Germany), Italienische Handelshammer für Deutschland (Germany), Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer (France), European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (Belgium), Chamber of Halkidiki (Greece), Viesoji Istaiga Lietuvos Inovaciju Centras (Lithuania)

Co-Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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