MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The dean added that some elements of this course could be introduced starting in elementary school within the framework of a basic security course, traditionally studied in Russian schools.
"The psychology department alongside the journalism department voiced the initiative [on preparing the coursebook], the Ministry [of Education] supports [the idea] of having this extracurricular cybersecurity, Internet hygiene, course as well," Zinchenko said.
Zinchenko said that the first results could be expected in January-February 2018.
Cybersecurity is among top priorities of Russian policy. In March, prominent Russian lawmaker Irina Yarovaya sent a letter to the ministry of education proposing that cybersecurity lessons be added to the school curriculum, stating that safety skills taught in schools should be up-to-date with modern technologies. Russian Education Minister Olga Vasilyeva said in June that a cybersecurity course would be introduced in schools starting this year, adding that training programs would be developed for teachers.