Our Cyber Security Approach

The threat from cyber attacks is increasingly perceived as a problem of national and international security as cyber attacks grow in number and sophistication, and as actors behind them are no longer only private hackers and organized criminals, but also states.

Nation states need to seriously address the way to protect their information networks – especially those related to national security and critical infrastructure – from any attacker. But recent developments have shown that there is more to this debate than the solution of technical questions, in particular as many technical problems do not seem solvable at all. A holistic approach that includes international norms of behavior and regulation to ensure the peaceful use of cyberspace is needed. To enable such an approach, an education framework should be established first.

For the nuclear sector a framework was developed following the “NS22 IT/cyber security” set out in IAEA Nuclear Security Series No. 12, Educational Programme in Nuclear Security. Based on this framework the ISS has developed an education format called Professional Development Course.

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The ISS and its Ukrainian partner Dmytro Biriukov of the Centre for Security and Defence Studies organized and implemented an Advanced Training Course on “Cyber Defence in the Context of Energy Security”, which took place in Kiev/Ukraine from May 22-26, 2017.

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ISS is member of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions since December 2014. The OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions is an autonomous OSCE-related track II initiative.

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IAEA PDC

For the nuclear sector a framework was developed following the “NS22 IT/cyber security” set out in IAEA Nuclear Security Series No. 12, Educational Programme in Nuclear Security. Based on this framework the ISS has developed an education format called Professional Development Course. The Pilot of this course format was realized in June and September 2012 in Brandenburg, with 14 participants from 8 countries (Thailand, Malaysia, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Russian Federation, UK, US). The course was supported by IAEA, Finland and the German foreign office. The picture shows the group on the roof of the German foreign office.

First IT/Cyber Security Pilot Professional Development Course (PDC) at Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences

14 participants from 8 countries: Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, RF Thailand, Malaysia, UK, US

Second IT/Cyber Security Pilot Professional Development Course (PDC) at Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences

15 participants from 11 countries: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Russian Federation, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine, US

Third IT/Cyber Security Pilot Professional Development Course (PDC) at Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences

15 participants from 11 countries: Austria, Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, Poland, Republic of Macedonia, Russian Federation, South Africa, Thailand, UK, Ukraine

Forth IT/Cyber Security Pilot Professional Development Course (PDC) at Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences

15 participants from 10 countries: Austria, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Russian Federation, US

The Institute for Security and Safety (ISS) has various experience implementing education and training frameworks in the energy sector and other sectors of industry and critical infrastructure. The ISS is also involved in the development of trainings for IT/cyber security inspections at nuclear facilities.

NATO ATC

The ISS and its Ukrainian partner Dmytro Biriukov of the Centre for Security and Defence Studies organized and implemented an Advanced Training Course on “Cyber Defence in the Context of Energy Security”, which took place in Kiev/Ukraine from May 22-26, 2017. This activity was supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme (SPS). Several ISS staff members were lecturers during the course week.

Couse Overview

NATO Country Co-Director: Guido GLUSCHKE, Co-Director, Institute for Security and Safety (ISS) at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Partner Country Co-Director: Dmytro BIRIUKOV, PhD(Eng.), Director, Centre for Security and Defence Studies, Ukraine

Organizational Committee:

  • Prof. Volodymyr MOKHOR, Dr.Sc.(Eng.), Director at Pukhov Institute for Modelling in Energy Engineering, Ukraine
  • Prof. Volodymyr ZASLAVSKYI, Dr.Sc.(Eng.), Professor at the Department of Mathematical Informatics of Computer Sciences and Cybernetics Faculty, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Prof. Oleksandr KORNEIKO, PhD(Eng.), President at Ukrainian Academy of Cyber Security, Scientific Secretary at Pukhov Institute for Modelling in Energy Engineering, Ukraine
  • Ayhan GÜCÜYENER, MENA & Caspian Region Director at International Association of CIP Professionals, Turkey
  • Marco MACORI, Research Fellow, Institute for Security and Safety (ISS) at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

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OSCE NETWORK

ISS is member of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions since December 2014. The OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions is an autonomous OSCE-related track II initiative. The Track II initiative aims to develop ideas to put the vision of a free, democratic, common and indivisible Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security community. The network’s members are research institutes from across the OSCE area that are engaged in academic research and policy analysis on issues relevant to the OSCE’s three dimensions of security.

The network is a flexible and informal format, founded by more than a dozen research institutions during the OSCE Security Days on 18 June 2013. Its creation was preceded by in-depth discussions between representatives of the founding institutes, delegations of participating States and OSCE institutions.

The network provides expertise, stimulates discussion and raises awareness of the OSCE. It contributes to the ongoing security dialogue within the OSCE framework. It helps to address common threats and challenges and contributes to the efforts supporting the Helsinki+40 process and future OSCE dialogue formats. In a more long-term perspective, the network helps to clarify the substance of and the process towards achieving the participating States’ shared vision of a Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian Security Community. The network is used for the exchange of expertise and the coordination of activities between its members.