The week of 24-28 August 2015, the city of The Hague hosted its first ever International Cyber
Security Summer School, #ICSSS2015. The NCI Agency - in cooperation with
Europol and The Hague Security Delta – conceived and delivered this
ground-breaking course. The Summer School took place at the Campus of The Hague Security Delta.
school was strongly supported by The Hague Municipality. Ingrid van Engelshoven,
Deputy Mayor of The Hague (Education, International and Economy) opened the
event with a reception in the City Hall to welcome the students and organizers.
In her opening remarks she highlighted the dependence of the modern economy on
cyber security, and the need for increased education and international
cooperation to counter cyber threats.
the NCI Agency Cyber Security Service Line and Service Strategy, Europol’s Cyber
Crime Centre and the Dutch National Cyber Security Centre taught the course,
targeting areas of cyber security specific to international organizations.
international cyber security summer school is educating a carefully selected
group of students on cyber security for international organizations, to help
prepare future young professionals for the challenges of cyber security in these
complex environments. Participants are all postgraduate students or recent
graduates, including staff and interns from NATO and defence industries. The
students come from 10 NATO and EU Nations, plus (with special dispensation)
from Japan and were selected on the basis of the applicability of their
background and career aspirations.
part, the motivation for creating the school, was to begin to foster a community
amongst future cyber defence professionals, and thus increase the opportunities
for collaboration between international organizations like ours, industry and
academia,” said Michael Street, NCI Agency’s Innovation Manager. “It
was also an opportunity to build an understanding with these young professionals
of the role that NATO and Europol play and thus perhaps increase the number and
quality of applications to future recruitment campaigns.”
issues were the main focus but the school also included legal and policy
elements relevant to cyber security in international environments. Mentored by
experts from the Agency’s Legal Office and the Cyber Security Service Line, the
students also worked on projects directly linked to questions the NCI Agency’s
customers are asking through the Agency’s scientific programme of work. Project
topics included technical threats posed by Bad USB sticks and the technical and
policy issues associated with biometric for identification and active defence.
In addition, the students engaged in wide-scale tests of two of the innovative
technologies for biometric authentication and secure mobile messaging, developed
by academic and industry partners under the cyber security incubator initiative,
part of the Agency’s Innovation programme.
international cyber security summer school, with the support of the Cyber
Security Service Line, is an output of Service Strategy’s Innovation Programme.
Given the success of the course with very positive reactions from students and
mentors, the possibility of making this an annual event or running similar
schools addressing other areas of interest to NATO is being considered.