The program of the Cyber School consists of two parts. The first part takes place in the first and third week of October, and consists of 20 lectures from renowned experts on a wide range of cyber security-related topics. The topics that are central to this years program are elabored in more detail below. The second part consists of a variety of complex case studies provided by leading Dutch and Indian organizations that students will work on in groups. This second part will start in the second week of October after the completion of an assignment that tests the students’ understanding of the material presented in the first week. Only a limited number of students can partake in the second part of the Cyber School, hence only the students with the highest scores for their assignments will be invited to participate in this second part, which will be concluded by each group presenting their findings to a panel of experts that will subsequently determine the best proposal(s).
During the School, participants will engage with a variety of cyber security-related topics, covering areas such as ethics, accountability, hardware security, incident response, data protection and, norms and governance. Central to this year’s edition of the Cyber School are the topics of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Critical Infrastructures (CI). More specifically, the Cyber School 2021 will focus on:
- Recent cyber trends, including data protection and privacy by design and by default in the framework of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as invariants in software development for big data analytics;
- The cyber environment and its vulnerabilities, including the trends of phishing, trojan horses, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), zero days, ransomware, malwares, viruses, and the Deep Web, along with the new technologies of social engineering, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain, and their consequences and legal treatment;
- Cyber behaviour, including the concepts of net neutrality, coordinated responsible disclosure, multi-stakeholder approach, cyber diplomacy and state and civilian behaviour in the cyber domain, understanding the ethical challenges of the cyber environment as well as norms of behaviour in cyberspace;
- Your personal development, helping you to improve your presentation, collaboration, communication and social skills, in an international and multidisciplinary environment.
The IDCSS 2021 will be conducted entirely online.