The Workshop “Challenges and Requirements for Effective Cyber Security in SEE” drew to an end in RACVIAC

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The “Challenges and Requirements for Effective Cyber Security in SEE Workshop”, the first activity in the project „Strengthening SEE Resilience in Cyber Security Against Hybrid Threats”, which was organized by RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation in partnership with the National Defence Academy from Skopje, ended on 21st  November on RACVIAC premises.

The aim of the event was to enable participants to exchange knowledge and experience as well as to facilitate networking among them. Nothing less important was the purpose to raise awareness of the importance of cooperation in response to cyber threats on the national and regional level.

The Workshop ended with the Closing remarks delivered by the Dean of the Military Academy of North Macedonia, CoL Mitko Bogdanoski, PhD and RACVIAC Deputy Director, Rear Admiral Predrag Stipanović and certificates handed out to participants and distinguished lecturers.

RADM Stipanović concluded: “If we go a step further, this workshop has showed all of us that cooperation between nations hasn’t got an alternative. It is impossible for one nation to protect itself against cyberattacks without close cooperation with its neighbours and a more comprehensive form of cooperation on a global scale.”

He also emphasized the importance of the research study the general idea of which will be to facilitate critical thinking and an analytical approach in processing the specific tasks that the experts have prepared for the participants during the Workshop. This research study is a necessary part of  successfully implementing the next project activity in September 2024.

The Workshop consisted of four panels, titled “Convergence: The Ultimate Reality of Cyber Security”, “Designing Joined Activities for a Resilient Human Factor in Cyber Security”, “Overview of Cyber Security and Hybrid Threats Strategies in SEE” and “Legal and Strategic Aspects of Countering Cyber and Hybrid Based Threats in SEE” as well as a roundtable titled “Incident Response and Attack on State Institutions and Critical Infrastructure”. It ended with small group (country groups/syndicates) work discussion on regional experience and cooperation examples/initiatives in countering hybrid threats via cyberspace.

There was a significant level of engagement in the activity, with notable contributions on the part of both speakers and attendees (20 attendees plus 6 eminent speakers).