Digital Security for Senior Citizens (DiSC) Project

Digital Security for Senior Citizens (DiSC) Project

The DiSC project aims to support and upskill senior citizens to increase their digital skills and knowledge to be able to proactively identify and protect against cybersecurity threats and scams which take place through technology and devices.

The project is funded through the Key Action 2: Adult Education call of the Erasmus+ programme. The DiSC project started on 1st December 2020 and will last 24 months until 30th November 2022.

The project consortium involves 5 partner organisations:

  • CWEP, Poland
  • e-Seniors, France
  • Innohive, Greece
  • FyG Consultores, Spain
  • Cuiablue, UK

The project will develop a framework of digital security competences to guide senior citizens to identify and quantify the skills which will help them protect themselves from digital security threats. To ensure the framework is used in a practical way, DiSC will also develop a benchmarking tool for end users to measure their level of digital security competence. This will be supported by an online serious game for the users to be able to practice digital security skills in a safe, virtual environment. The project will also look to influence national and European level policy, by drawing together evidence-based conclusions and policy recommendations from data gathered throughout the project.

Project Objectives:

  1. To develop senior citizens’ digital competences
  2. To educate senior citizens on the types of digital dangers and their consequences
  3. To build the digital capacity of senior citizens to recognise and proactively adapt to digital security threats and scams
  4. To lay the foundations for the implementation of national and European digital security policies

The intended project beneficiaries are senior citizens aged 55 and above, as well as organisations focused on upskilling and increasing the ICT competences of senior citizens.

Project Outputs:

  1. Framework of Digital Security Competences
  2. Benchmarking Tool for Digital Security Competences
  3. Interactive Online Digital Security Board Game
  4. Policy Recommendations

CWEP, as the organisation submitting the project proposal, will manage and coordinate the project, and ensure all partners meet the deliverables within the time frames specified

within this proposal, to a high standard, and ensure the project results are achieved, with supporting PMI from each partner. Furthermore, CWEP, as the project coordinator, will maintain a series of analytics reports to track the impact of the project’s online activities. CWEP will also lead IO4 – Digital Security for Senior Citizens Piloting and Impact Assessment Report and Policy Recommendations.

The project will look to raise awareness and reposition the views of both the elderly populations and the ICT educators which train them, by highlighting both the professional and personal benefits of the application of a proactive digital security approach to everyday life.

Associated partners will be involved during all stages of the project implementation phase to increase the potential reach of the project, not only for the initial piloting phase, but also for dissemination and exploitation activities later in the project.

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