Learning from real-world projects
Technology issues topped the course programme, and the legal and policy components that are relevant to cyber security in international environments were also highlighted.
Students gained practical knowledge by working on a group of projects related to the NCI Agency's scientific work. Project topics included threats posed by insecure USB keys, and technical and policy issues linked to biometric identification methods and active defence. Students also tested two innovative technologies for biometric authentication and secure mobile messaging, both developed under the Cyber Security Technology Incubator initiative, providing a large set of well-regulated test data for the developers of those technologies.
Building a community of cyber defence professionals
The 2015 summer school saw great success, with positive feedback from students and mentors alike. Students benefitted from the opportunity to learn directly from experts at NATO and Europol about what international organizations are doing to ensure that the cyber world is secure. Mentors enjoyed working with motivated young professionals and were inspired by their skills, imagination and potential.
The course also contributed to establishing a community of cyber defence professionals. "In particular, the school provided a stimulating environment for the exchange of ideas and initiating further collaboration between lecturers, coming from industry, academia, international organizations and national governments, and students," said Konrad Wrona, Principal Scientist, Cyber Security at the NCI Agency.
In addition, the summer school helped participants understand the role that NATO and Europol play in the world of cyber security, therefore potentially increasing the quantity and quality of applications to future recruitment campaigns.
For more information please visit: www.summerschoolcybersecurity.org