The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Security and Defence College (ESDC), in cooperation with the EU External Cyber Capacity Building Network (EU CyberNet) and the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP), delivered a pilot course “The Role of the EU Cyber Ecosystem in Global Cybersecurity Stability” for the representatives of the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries.
On 17-21 May 2021, state officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, alongside representatives from the EU member states, participated in a week-long specialised training to enhance their understanding of how the EU contributes to security and stability in the global cyberspace. In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the course was held through a web-based online platform.
Recent years have seen an increase in malicious cyber activities globally, including in the EU’s immediate neighbourhood. The ESDC pilot course is part of the EU’s efforts to support national cyber resilience of its Eastern Partners, with the aim of increasing the level of cybersecurity stability globally. Course curriculum covered the key global and regional cybersecurity challenges and opportunities for future cooperation between the EU and partner nations.
More than 20 guest speakers – representing different EU institutions – delivered presentations on the key policies, regulations, main actors, instruments, and initiatives of the EU cybersecurity ecosystem. The course concluded with a strategic table-top exercise where the participants used their skills and competences to resolve practical cyber security incidents. Total of 52 participants from the EaP countries and the EU member states completed the course, receiving an official ESDC certificate.
The course was co-funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the EU CyberNet and the European Security and Defence College.