Will Poole here from the International Cyber Outreach Branch at Headquarters, United States European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. It has been one year since I last reported on Cyber Endeavor. Time flies in the cyber world!
I spent a great week in the busy and historic city of Tirana, Albania, with a New Jersey Army National Guard team executing the first Cyber Endeavor regional seminar of 2013. During February 19th through the 21st, two New Jersey based National Guardsmen, Major Dwayne Hodges and Chief Warrant Officer Adrian Mendoza delivered a cyber defense seminar entitled “Security Awareness and Developing a Cyber Workforce Program.”
Cyber Endeavor is the United States European Command's cyber defense collaboration, familiarization and engagement program designed to strengthen partner nation cyber defense capacities through seminars, events and exercise support. Cyber Endeavor seminars provide a proven platform to successfully build cyber defense partnerships with the end goal of improving force readiness for deployment in support of exercises, multinational crisis response and future missions.
Diverse Group of Participants. The Cyber Endeavor Seminar participants included cyber defense subject matter experts hailing from Albania, Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain and Turkey. For more information, see the article written by the Armed Forces of Republic of Albania General Staff and photographs of Cyber Endeavor participants.
In all, over 30 cyber defense subject matter experts from 15 nations were involved in this Cyber Endeavor event. The seminar was three days long and covered the basics of developing a cyber security awareness program and the importance, and necessity, of developing a qualified cyber workforce. The seminar provided relevant information that a manager can use to develop or improve an organizations cyber defense program.
What’s next for 2013?
May 2013 - Cyber Endeavor Regional Seminar #2, Incident Handling, will be hosted in the Slovak Republic and will familiarize participants with the necessary steps and procedures that will enable IT security personnel to identify the critical objectives of Incident handling and management.
June 2013 - Cyber Endeavor Regional Seminar #3 will occur in Zagreb, Croatia and will focus on Risk Management processes to enable organizations better secure the IT systems that store, process, or transmit organizational information.
September 2013 - In September, we will execute our CAPSTONE event at Grafenwöhr, Germany. Seminar participants will participate in three days of learning, networking, and discussing the best way to address security issues that are a global threat. This venue will allow participants to keep on top of the latest trends in the industry, share the knowledge gained with colleagues and keep in touch with the contacts made to keep on top of the latest trends in cyber security.
I’ll keep you posted as things move along. If you have any questions or comments, contact the International Cyber Engagement (ICE) team.
USEUCOM International Cyber Engagement