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In our daily business lives, digital tools are becoming much more commonplace in the workplace but many of us are unaware of potential exposure to cyber risks.
On top of this, we have such a wide choice of IT platforms and tools to choose from, often making it hard to know which ones offer the best protection against cyber threats.
To help overcome barriers to cybersecurity, four European Funded Projects have co-created a self-assessment tool that allows SMEs from any sector to test their knowledge and awareness of basic security concepts.
This online assessment, located externally from CYBERWISER.eu website, is specifically designed to help SMEs find gaps in their practical knowledge and implement the improvements they need for greater protection.


Anyone who successfully completes the assessment will receive a certificate.

 

 

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The 4 IT Projects that created this tool

The idea of creating a self-assessment tool in order to highlight the gaps knowledge of IT Professionals came from 4 EU Projects:

  • CyberSec4Europe the project activities range from combining formal, professional and non-traditional cybersecurity skills;

  • Cyberwatching.eu provides a European cybersecurity and privacy Marketplace;

  • SMESEC proposes a cost-effective framework composed of specific cyber-security tool-kits to support SMEs;

  • CYBERWISER.eu delivers a flexible, risk-centred, capacity-building platform, combining a theoretical and practical approach to cybersecurity with innovative features (including a cutting edge cyber range).

 

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Cybersecurity training - The customisable approach

The problem with traditional learning is it doesn’t prepare trainees for the job they’ll be doing and it is usually based on a “one-size-fits-all” approach. This traditional approach while better than nothing isn’t ideal, because it doesn’t adequately replicate what the trainee will be dealing with in its day-to-day work. For most organisations indeed, investing in cybersecurity training not only depends on internal factors, but also on the ‘fit’ between training demands and the training offer.

 

As hackers get bolder so does cyber security training

Cybersecurity training - What do organisations need?

Human error has become a major weak point in cyber security today; one that is easily exploited by cyber criminals. In fact, according to a cybersecurity report by London-based consultancy Willis Towers Watson “approximately 90% of all cyber claims are the result of some type of human error or behaviour “. On top of this we are also experiencing a large scale skills gap in the professional field;

 

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At the recent CYBERWISER.eu webinar on “Free Cybersecurity Training with customised learning paths” we discussed ways to help organisations assess their cybersecurity knowledge and build their skills to tackle a multitude of cyber threats by becoming a CYBERWISER.eu Open Pilot.  
 

READ THE WEBINAR REPORT

 

As it was explained in the webinar, as part of our Open Pilot programme, each European organisation receives - based on its goals - a customised learning path tailored directly to them. The Open Pilot scheme allows organisations to test for free, the CYBERWISER.eu personalised learning path which is crafted to their needs. A complete overview of the training platform was presented at the webinar. A demo was shown where some attack and defence scenarios were played out. 

 

 

 

ACCESS THE OPEN PILOT REQUIREMENTS

 

The CYBERWISER.eu key benefits are already emerging from its Full Scale Pilots. For example, the University of Pisa is using the platform to train its bachelor, master's and post-master students. They are showcasing the value of filling the skills gap by combining theoretical knowledge with real-world, hands-on training and more complex scenarios. Read our first interview here.

 

As hackers get bolder so does cyber security training

Watch the full recording of the webinar “Free Cybersecurity Training with customised learning paths”, here you can catch all the insights shared during the webinar. In the recording, you will have the opportunity to get an overview of the Open Pilot Scheme and see in detail its steps. Finally, you can see the demo of CYBERWISER.eu platform.

 

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At the recent CYBERWISER.eu webinar on “Free Cybersecurity Training with customised learning paths” we discussed ways to help organisations assess their cybersecurity knowledge and build their skills to tackle a multitude of cyber threats by becoming a CYBERWISER.eu Open Pilot.  
 

READ THE WEBINAR REPORT

 

As it was explained in the webinar, as part of our Open Pilot programme, each European organisation receives - based on its goals - a customised learning path tailored directly to them. The Open Pilot scheme allows organisations to test for free, the CYBERWISER.eu personalised learning path which is crafted to their needs. A complete overview of the training platform was presented at the webinar. A demo was shown where some attack and defence scenarios were played out. 

 

 

 

ACCESS THE OPEN PILOT REQUIREMENTS

 

The CYBERWISER.eu key benefits are already emerging from its Full Scale Pilots. For example, the University of Pisa is using the platform to train its bachelor, master's and post-master students. They are showcasing the value of filling the skills gap by combining theoretical knowledge with real-world, hands-on training and more complex scenarios. Read our first interview here.

 

As hackers get bolder so does cyber security training

Watch the full recording of the webinar “Free Cybersecurity Training with customised learning paths”, here you can catch all the insights shared during the webinar. In the recording, you will have the opportunity to get an overview of the Open Pilot Scheme and see in detail its steps. Finally, you can see the demo of CYBERWISER.eu platform.

 

Read our the Interviews
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Join the CYBERWISER.eu webinar on "Free Cybersecurity Training with customised Learning Paths" on 22 April at 15:00 CEST.

The webinar zooms in on the CYBERWISER.eu Capacity Building Platform: a risk-centric, practical approach to cybersecurity, designed to train employees at various levels (from basic knowledge for non-IT staff to vulnerability and threat analysts, all the way up to decision-making IT professionals, such as information security risk managers, heads of information security and chief information security officers). The plaftorm also allows to customise the training material, define training exercises and expected outcomes, as well as divide staff into cyber-attack and defence teams.

Join us and:
- Learn about our Learning Paths and Cyber Range Platform capalities.
- Discover how to join our Free Open Pilot Scheme.
- Understand the real benefits of CYBERWISER.eu customisable hands-on cybersecurity training approach

Download the slide presentation used during the webinar here!

 

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Cybersecurity Training in Europe - Have your sayCybersecurity Training in Europe - Have your say

As an IT security specialist or digital business leader, we would like to hear your opinion on the state of the art of cybersecurity training in Europe to help us identify gaps and possible solutions. Your contribution and feedback will help us analyse the European cybersecurity training landscape, with a view to providing recommendations on increasing capacity building efforts and better protecting public and private organisations from cyber-attacks. 
These recommendations may result in supporting efforts to develop new EC Communications, new directives and even assist in providing input to implementing regulations in cybersecurity and data protection.

 

As hackers get bolder so does cyber security training

 
 

 

 

Cybersecurity - What is the right training approach for my organisation?

There are numerous players delivering training in cybersecurity around the world. Mostly driven by the non-specific academic approach. However, we are beginning to see the development of a more targeted approach to training, this comes on the back of recommendations from European cyber agencies.

The approach advocated by CYBERWISER.eu mixes theoretical with practical and is fully customisable to maximise return of investment in training for organisations of all size. You can try out one of our freely available “Open Pilots”, here.

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Dear CYBERWISER.eu members,

 

We would like to inform you that, in order to be compliant with the emergency measures for Covid-19, we have decided to move the 3rd CYBERWISER.eu Free Open Pilots Workshop to cyberspace (date to be defined).

Any IT-dependent organisation can sign up for the Open Pilot Scheme online to have the unique opportunity to personally test our Cyber Range Platform, share your Cyber Training Requirements and customise your own Open Pilot.

Nevertheless, we have organised something different for the 22nd of April (the date originally dedicated to the workshop). And we would like to invite you to our new free webinar!

This webinar on 22.04.2020 zooms in on the CYBERWISER.eu Capacity Building Platform, a risk-centric, practical approach to cybersecurity, designed to train employees at various levels, from basic knowledge for non-IT staff to vulnerability and threat analysts, all the way up to decision-making IT professionals, such as information security risk managers, heads of information security and chief information security officers.

This latter group can customise the training material, define training exercises and expected outcomes, as well as divide staff into cyber-attack and defence teams.

 

SAVE THE DATE: 22.04.2020 | The registration link and detailed agenda will be soon available on our website in our next newsletter.

 

Stay tuned!

 

Cybersecurity Training in Europe - Have your sayCybersecurity Training in Europe - Have your say

As an IT security specialist or digital business leader, we would like to hear your opinion on the state of the art of cybersecurity training in Europe to help us identify gaps and possible solutions.

Your contribution and feedback will help us analyse the European cybersecurity training landscape, with a view to providing recommendations on increasing capacity building efforts and better protecting public and private organisations from cyber-attacks.  

These recommendations may result in supporting efforts to develop new EC Communications, new directives and even assist in providing input to implementing regulations in cybersecurity and data protection..

 

Have your say

As hackers get bolder so does cyber security training

As hackers get bolder so does cyber security training

Organisations are becoming more desirable targets for hacking, due to the global shortage of cyber security skills we are currently facing. Hackers are further advancing their motives and tactics, using new technologies and innovation.

However, the same is also true for cybersecurity training with a European report stating that there is an increase in innovative training activities that are customisable and practical.

CYBERWISER.eu implements customisable training programs in cybersecurity to fit any range of needs and learning targets, using innovative features, including a cutting-edge cyber range. You can try it for free, just click below if you want to know more.

 

 

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Cyberwiser.eu has recently held a very successful 2nd Open Pilots Workshop co-located with the International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC) in Lille, France. After testing the Cyberwiser.eu Cyber Range Platform in a dedicated session of the Workshop, four organisations signed up for the Open Pilots Scheme, which allows them to cyber train their staff for free in a fully customised Open Pilot. 

Given the success of the first two editions, we are organising the 3rd CYBERWISER.eu Free Open Pilots Workshop in Madrid, Spain on 22 April 2020.

You will receive the link to register to the 3rd CYBERWISER.eu Free Open Pilots Workshop in the next issue of this newsletter.

Any IT-dependent organisation can sign up for the Open Pilot Scheme online and also join our upcoming free Workshops, where you will have the unique opportunity to personally test our Cyber Range Platform, share your Cyber Training Requirements and customise your own Open Pilot. Make sure to Follow us on Twitter to learn more about our 3rd Workshop.

 

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An Integrated, Advanced Training Platform in Cybersecurity

CYBERWISER.eu partners recently gathered in Pisa to touch base on the progress of the project and plan the next steps for the upcoming  roll out of the CYBERWISER.eu Training Platform. Watch the video and hear about how each partner is going to play an active role bringing unique key innovations to ensure an effective training experience for the CYBERWISER.eu users.


 

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Meet the Stakeholders Experts Board

Meet the CYBERWISER.eu Stakeholders Expert Board (SEB): a dynamic group of thought leaders across Europe and globally.

The SEB is contributing to quarterly virtual meetings and provides independent, competent and timely feedback to the strategy and operations of the CYBERWISER.EU initiative in terms of guidance and insights.

 

Meet the SEB members

 

 


 

Registrations are open for the 2nd CYBERWISER.eu Open Pilots Workshop, 31st January, Lille, France

Tthis is your unique opportunity to start your own pilot, consisting of customised training in cybersecurity for your organisation.

The 2nd CYBERWISER.eu Open Pilots Workshop will be an information-packed, 5 hour long, interactive event. This is the chance for you to start a personalised learning pathway for your team on the CYBERWISER.eu platform.

During the workshop you will be able to draft the specifications of the pilot with us, so that your organisation will enjoy a training that perfectly fits your needs.

You will also be able to gain hands-on experience on the platform through an interactive session involving a simple exercise in a simulated environment.

See the agenda, venue and reserve your seat

In terms of the European Commission's objective to create a network of cybersecurity competence centres to stimulate the development and deployment of technology in cybersecurity, their Joint Research Centre has published a study aligning cybersecurity terminologies, definitions and domains.

The study proposes a common taxonomy which considers the different dimensions of the cybersecurity domain using as sources some of the most widely accepted cybersecurity standards, international working group classification systems, regulations, best practices, and recommendations.

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1st Open Pilots Workshop: watch the video

The video summarizes the 1st CYBERWISER.eu Open Pilots Workshop which was held in Pisa on 05.11.2019.

The video includes testimonials from organisations who tested the platform as well as representatives of the European Competence Centre Pilot Projects.

 

 

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CYBERWISER.eu Joint Info Booth at FIC2020

CYBERWISER.eu is going to present its cybersecurity training solution at a joint information stand at FIC 2020, in Lille (France), on 28-30 January 2020.

CYBERWISER.eu will be joined by a group of highly complementary European initiatives on cybersecurity with a joint stand, boosting outreach to SMEs and other major stakeholders as potential end-users of its cyber training solution.

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On November 5 2019, at the first Open Pilots Workshop, CYBERWISER.eu consortium partners met representatives from organisations aiming to become Open Pilot Users.

Workshop delegates saw a demonstration of the CYBERWISER.eu cybersecurity skills training platform, tested it, and presented their training requirements to an expert group which included representatives from the four European Cybersecurity Competence Centers: ECHO, cybersec4Europe, Sparta, and CONCORDIA.

Read the post-event report here:

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CYBERWISER.eu is going to present its cybersecurity training solution at a joint information stand at FIC 2020, in Lille (France), on 28-30 January 2020.

With the International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC) being a premier European trade show for buyers and suppliers of cybersecurity solutions and a forum for focused discussions on today's threat landscape, it offers the perfect backdrop for a CYBERWISER.eu showcase.

CYBERWISER.eu will be joined by a group of highly complementary European initiatives on cybersecurity with a joint stand, boosting outreach to SMEs and other major stakeholders as potential end-users of its cyber training solution. These initiatives include:

Join us at FIC 2020 and get ready to train your staff for a much enhanced cybersecurity posture.

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Building the Cybersecurity Workforce of tomorrow

The agenda of the full-day Open Pilots Workshop held at Pisa's elegant Domus Comeliana on 5 November included presentations from consortium partners and also from representaitives of the four recently established European Cybersecurity Competence Centers. 

All expert speakers made themselves available to delegates for one-on-one consultations during a dedicated question and answers and networking session.

Simulations and excercises were prepared for them in order to test our cyber range solution.

Browse the agenda here to select and view a presentation:

 

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Meet our Open Pilot Users:

Representing a cross-section of industrial, academic, and technology realities across Europe and the UK, the organisations enrolled in the first tranche of open pilots may each nominate up to 200 employees to receive between three and six months of customised cybersecurity training on the CYBERWISER.eu cyber range platform.

During the workshop, each Open Pilot user joined the panels with a one-minute pitch presentation introducting their organisation and their expectations towards the open pilot process.

Learn more and meet our new users here:

Meet the Pilots

 


 

Welcome to the CYBERWISER.eu newsletter!

In this issue, an in-depth look at the technology behind the just-completed CYBERWISER.eu platform, our first major milestone, plus excerpts from the new Cyberwatching.eu white paper, news from ECSO, and more.

Behind the scenes: an in-depth look at the technology inside the CYBERWISER.eu Platform

Have you ever wondered how a Cyber Range platform looks from the inside? We can show you what the CYBERWISER.eu consortium has developed over the last year, from the platform design to the development and integration of the various components which will provide a complete, integrated and fully customisable cybersecurity training solution.

CYBERWISER.eu has been designed in a modular format to meet the specific needs of individual learners and corporate teams alike. The solution will incorporate an independent cyber range platform as well as a comprehensive suite of both free and paid-for web-based certificate courses.

We will keep you abreast of the new specifications and training environments, monitored by regression testing sessions, that will be added to the platform in the upcoming months.

 

Click here for a description of the platform's components.


What is a Cyber Range?

Recently published on our Technology Watch, an extract from the Cyberwatching.eu white paper. It provides insights into the what and how of cyber range technology and explains why it’s a key asset in the training of cybersecurity professionals.

Cyber Ranges provide a multipurpose virtual environment in which organisations can test critical capabilities and assess how effectively they integrate people, processes and technology to protect their strategic information, services and assets. By facilitating high-fidelity simulations, they can improve stability, security and performance of cyberinfrastructures and information technology (IT), operations technology (OT) and industrial control systems (ICS).

Because of their ability to represent real-world cyber threat scenarios in a virtual environment, they also present an opportunity to enhance organisational training capabilities.

Click here to read the full article.


Take part in the ECSO Survey and help European organisations raise cyber resilience!

Deadline: 05 October 2019

The survey addresses the European Cybersecurity community in order to better understand its needs and requirements. With your help, the participating network of Cybersecurity Competence Centers will be able to deliver long-lasting solutions for a secure European cyberspace.

The survey is published by ECSO (The European Cybersecurity Organisation), together with pilot projects ECHO Cybersecurity, SPARTA, CONCORDIA Project and CyberSec4Europe. ECHO, in collaboration with the other pilots, will consolidate the survey responses and produce a paper, expected at the beginning of November 2019.

Go to the Survey!


Webinar coming soon: SAVE THE DATE!

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Cyberrange

On February 14th 2019, CYBERWISER.eu presented its first webinar on the importance of advanced cyber security skills for effective and rapid response in a fast-evolving and complex cyber risk landscape.

Three expert panelists, have shared with us their knowledge on cybersecurity capacity building.

Antonio Alvarez Romero from ATOS (project coordinator) has introduced the project.

Liliana Ribeiro from EDP has stressed the importance of cybersecurity on Critical Energy Infrastructures, starting from the experience of Energia de Portugal.

Matteo Merialdo from RHEA has explained the concept of cyber range and has talked about the innovative aspects in cyber range solutions for simulation and training that CYBERWISER.eu will adopt in its lifetime.

For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of cyber range, we are talking about a recent concept that defines a multi purpose virtualization environment - it can vary from a few virtual machines or even a thousand for very complex exercises. Cyber ranges can be instantiated to mimic real environments, thus giving possibilities for training but also for research and developement (for example in space missions) and for penetration tests.

The big advantage of cyber range is that it is close to a real environment, so very useful for testing and training purposes, but it is completely safe because disconnected from the real one. Moreover, the freedom offered by CYBERWISER.eu of configuring next generation cyber ranges adaptable to different purposes, is invaluable.

 

During the webinar the attendees answered a small survey on cyber security awareness and on their interest in the CYBERWISER.eu Open Pilot Stream. Watch the results here:

Cybersecurity Survey results

 

Watch the full webinar HERE!

 

 


CYBERWISER.eu Press release

Press Release:

CYBERWISER.eu is the Cyber Range Platform and Training Environment where IT specialists become highly-skilled, multi-disciplined cyber security professionals.

In our last Press Release we talked about how CYBERWISER.eu will help reduce cyber risks and their negative impacts, while building cyber capacity and boosting career opportunities in a digital economy where the demand for highly-qualified professionals in risk assessment and cyber-attack response is continuously growing in the light of the existing cyber threat landscape.

Read the full Press Release!

 

 


CYBERWISER.eu: discussions at the kick off meeting in Madrid:

CYBERWISER.eu Kick Off Meeting

The following project partners presented CYBERWISER.eu at the Kick Off meeting in Madrid on 3rd and 4th of October 2018.

The mission of the project is that of fostering the creation of a cyber security culture across the continent and to train professionals with the help of immersive excercises and - affordable - simulated environments that mirror reality.

The platform will be piloted in three different contexts:

  1. Energy generation and distribution: Energias de Portugal, the major energy provider in Portugal, has over 12000 collaborators; they can be vulnerable to any threat and incident and cyber security is a major concern for them.
  2. Railroad transport: Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane will benefit with use cases for technical employees and awareness for non-technical employees.
  3. University training: University of Pisa will use the platform for master student's training.

Moreover, everyone has hance to participate to the open pilot stream and become early adopter of the platform.

Watch the video here!

 


 

Dear user,

CYBERWISER.eu has renewed its mission to support cybersecurity innovation in Europe with a new focus on cyber range and capacity building. Our commitment to privacy and data management is the same, but please feel free to check our privacy policy here. Should you no longer want to hear from us, please unsubscribe from the link provided below.

We look forward to keeping in touch with you - stay tuned for opportunities of collaboration in the field of cybersecurity.

The CYBERWISER.eu Team

 

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