The EU Cyber Ecosystem in global cybersecurity stability, 27-29 April 2022, Larnaca, Cyprus
The ESDC course on the role of the EU Cyber Ecosystem in global cyber security stability took place in Larnaca, Cyprus, from 27 -29 April 2022. The course was co-organised by the Ministry of Defence of Cyprus (MoD/CY) – Cyprus Security & Defence Academy, the Digital Security Authority (DSA) and the European Security and Defence College. The course was inaugurated by the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Cyprus, the Commissioner for Communications, and the Head of European Security and Defence College. Τhe training course welcomed in both ‘residential’ and ‘virtual’ format 52 participants from 11 states (Algeria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Germany, Lebanon, Slovakia, Portugal, Qatar) and EU bodies and institutions. The aim of the course was to present the main pillars of the EU’s cyber ecosystem, and to explore how these pillars can reinforce global security stability by strengthening cyber resilience, building trust and upscaling cooperation among the actors involved. This course, which is the first of its kind in ESDC’s portfolio, targeted the Middle East and North Africa region. The course is consistent with the 3rd Pillar of the EU Cyber Strategy, ‘Advancing a global and open cyberspace’. The course included presentations and exercises in virtual and residential mode. Distinguished speakers from the EU Institutions and Agencies (DG CONNECT, EEAS, ENISA, EUROPOL, CERT EU, EU ISS), from International Organisations (Council of Europe, EUROCONTROL, HYBRID CoE), and other cyber experts (ECTEG) gave a comprehensive presentation of the EU cyber ecosystem. For the next iteration, the course will be held in residential format in Thessaloniki, Greece, on June 20-22, focusing on the Western Balkans partners. The course will be co-organised by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Greek Ministry of Digital Governance.