Today, the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the registered association "Deutschland sicher im Netz e.V." (DsiN) presented the first cyber manual – a reference book on digital education. For the first time, educational intermediaries and institutions have now access to a comprehensive body of work that addresses current issues of digitalization in everyday life with practical explanations, context information, exercises, recommendations for action and helpful links.
The cyber manual was created at the initiative of the Germany Dialogue for Digital Enlightenment, which includes actors from the economy, civil society and administration, and is available as a printed book as well as an online version. It consists of following two parts:
The first chapter of the cyber manual "Digital worlds" shows how digital technologies and services can be used in everyday life and in a safe manner.
The second part "Digital skills" provides consumers with further information on the basics of digital skills as well as an overview of crucial security measures for safely dealing with digital content. The aim is to help consumers to better assess the risks associated with their usage of the Internet.
Regular supplements to the cyber manual will account for future developments and changing security requirements.
Prof. Dr. Christian Kastrop, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, explained: "The cyber manual is an important instrument for digital consumer education. Our aim is that many people benefit from the content by using its information for safe digital use in school, at work and in private."
Dr. Markus Richter, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Homeland Affairs and Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology, commented: "We all use a variety of digital offers every day that make our lives easier. Many consumers would like to have more guidance and assistance in order to use digital services and devices safely. The aim of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior is to enable people from all walks of life to participate in the digitalization. With the cyber manual, the BSI and DsiN are creating an important orientation in educational work."