Social variables of cyber security educational programmes

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As the need for cyber security is growing exponentially along with the development of new technologies, people's resistance to change determine a gap between people's real digital competences and the ideal profile that would allow their optimal functioning in the emerging society. In this article we study how people' perception of technology can be influenced in an era where the use of Internet of Things, social networks, big data is important but the protection of personal data is a must. While Romania introduced coding and IT&C knowledge in gymnasium curricula, the majority of population do not have the chance to attend such courses. The few existent courses in this direction are not enough customized for different social category. Therefore, any attempt to influence the way in which culture is formed must take into account the matching between all the knowledge, opinions, values, norms, signs and symbols that are conveyed in a society with the development stage of that society and with the system of values that its members have internalized. Therefore, comparing traditional teaching and e-learning we will propose a specific blended cyber security educational model for building a proper cyber security culture among Romanian population having in mind the complexity of the factors that influence the results of an effective cyber security strategy. Using such a model it will be possible to transmit basic knowledge to the average citizen and to determine him to adopt a behavior that will allow him the optimal functioning in present days’ society.