Belgium implemented its national cybersecurity strategy in 2013, Cyber Security Strategy.be (French and Dutch) and set up its Centre for Cyber Security (Dutch, French and English) in 2014.
It covers 11 of the 15 strategic goals in the ENISA self-assessment classification. These goals are: Cybercrime; Citizen's awareness; Critical Information Infrastructure Protection; Engage in international cooperation; public-private partnership; incident response capability; institutionalised form of cooperation between public agencies; incident reporting mechanisms; R&D; cyber security exercises; training and educational programme.
A Strategy for Defence was published in 2014 (English), where the main focus is on building up capacities to deal with the evolving threat landscape.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN NATIONAL STRATEGY
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The strategy highlights the need for educational courses tailored to diverse age groups and levels of knowledge up to university levels, the importance of cross-sector research and development, as well as of awareness-raising campaigns.
The national Centre for Cybersecurity offers guidelines for home dwellers, schools, government and vital sectors, including dedicated support to hospitals as a direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing threat landscape through CERT.be.
It aims to boost cybersecurity knowledge through classes, courses, training and academic research, encouraging academic institutions to expand their range of cybsersecurity-related courses and subjects.
Its practical advice and guidance in Dutch, French and English includes:
The Belgian Cybercrime Centre of Excellence for Training, Research, and Education is the first main coordination and collaboration platform for actors from academia, government, and industry, involved in tackling cybercrime in Belgium.
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Other courses include:
Solvay Business School of Economics and Managment: Key programmes for integrating trends in IT and Information Security Management, as well as effectively addressing the challenges of digital transformation:
Solvay has been certifying professionals since 2001 in various domains of Digital Management and Governance, Risk management and Information and Cyber Security, encouraging its students to sit various exams and adding professional certification to their CVs. In 2018, most of its 450 students (alumni) has one or more certifications, e.g. CISSP, CISM, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, TOGAF, ISO27001, 27005, 27034 certifications.
The development of a public-private partnership is central to the mission of the Belgian Cybersecurity Centre, acting as an Information Sharing and Analysis Centres (ISAC) and tasked with the fostering of partnerships; information sharing and sharing of expertise and knowledge.
The Cyber Security Coalition is a partnership between players from the academic world, public authorities, CERTs/CSIRTs and the private sector aimed at boosting the national cybersecurity ecosystem, including CERTs/CSIRTs.
The Coalition aims at raising Cyber Security Capability on a national level in 4 main areas:
It offers diverse awareness tools:
It also publishes annual reports: Activity Report 2020 (January 2021) and runs campaigns, for example:
DSP Valley: A network for companies creating, applying, and adapting to electronic solutions and digital technologies.
Wallonia Cluster/INFOPOLE Cluster TIC: A network bringing together and federating ICT professionals to promote business and innovation through partnership. Key technologies and ecosystems include: data analytics, big data, AI/machine learning, cybersecurity, embedded systems/Internet of Things, software and apps. mobiles, cloud, digital simulation, Industry 4.0, e-health, smart energy, smart mobility, smart cities, smart farming.
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The information contained here is based on desk research carried out by CYBERWISER.eu, including the ENISA interactive maps on national strategies and educational courses.
Cybersecurity Response Teams: Compliance with the GDPR and NIS Directive
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Safe on line guide, including different types of cyber attacks.
In 2017, Thales launched a new cyber-security center in Belgium. The platform used by the facility enables the validation of the security level of a system's architecture and data; allows cyber-security specialists to be trained in a representative environment of real systems; and to support Belgian businesses in developing products incorporating cyber-security in their design.
Six organizations -- the Royal Military Academy, the Free University of Brussels, the Université Catholique de Louvain, the University of Namur, the Haute Ecole de Bruxelles and the Haute Ecole Libre de Bruxelles – have launched a university program in cyber-security. Thales said its Cyberlab will be used as part of that program.
LSEC is an Information security cluster leading a unique PAN European Private partnership that interacts with Public Institutions.
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CERT.be provides updates on cyber alerts, e.g. Samba targeting IoT and NAS devices
It also has a showcase of testimonials from organisations that have been helped in dealing with cyber incidents.
Dutch, French, English
The information contained here is based on desk research.