24 - 25 April 2024, Constanta, Romania

Maritime Cybersecurity in the European Union Framework

About The Course

The Maritime Cybersecurity Course is organised by
the Maritime Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence of the Consanta Maritime University
under the aegis of the European Security and Defence College

An essential two-day programme hosted by the Maritime Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence at the Constanta Maritime University. This comprehensive course is meticulously designed to equip participants with an in-depth understanding and practical skills in maritime cybersecurity, particularly within the EU context. Over the course of two days, participants will be immersed in a diverse range of topics, including the complexities of EU maritime cybersecurity policies, cutting-edge technological tools, and strategies for cyber threat identification and management.

Through a blend of expert-led classes, interactive workshops, and real-world case studies, this program aims to enhance participants capability to identify, analyse, and respond to evolving cybersecurity challenges in the maritime sector.

Deadline: March 15, 2024

“The EU has the capacity and the resources to address many challenges at sea, from tackling all sorts of seaborne criminal activities to natural or man-made disaster response.”


High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission

Type of course

Specialised Training



Civilian Training Area / Military Training Discipline


Training Audience

Civilians, Military, Police

Audience Level

Operational, Political-strategic, Other, Strategic, Tactical


ESDC Certificate of Attendance






No fee

Meet Our Team

Programme Director

Training Manager

Gabriel Raicu

Rector, Maritime University of Constanta

President, Maritime Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence

Prof Gabriel Raicu is the Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation at the Maritime University of Constanta (CMU). He spearheaded the creation of the first-ever maritime cybersecurity simulator and was instrumental in establishing the inaugural maritime sectoral CSIRT. Annually, in collaboration with the European Security and Defense College, he coordinates the BSCySeC#X conference series and the Cyber ETEE Summer School.
Prof Raicu holds a master’s degree in maritime engineering and a doctoral degree in cybernetics. His work in the domains of  cybersecurity early warning with applications in the energy industry,  the protection of critical maritime infrastructures, and developing cybersecurity infrastructures and logistics has been influential.

In addition to these responsibilities, he is the vice president of the Cybersecurity Cluster of Excellence (CYSCOE), an organisation that brings together businesses, public authorities, and academia to promote cybersecurity’s development and societal integration. Furthermore, he maintains leadership roles in a range of national and international cybersecurity organisations.

Giuseppe Zuffanti

Coordinator for Cyber issues and for the Cyber Education Training Exercise and Evaluation (ETEE) Platform


From October 2020, he is seconded from the Italian National Police of State to the European Security and Defence College (ESDC). He is the ‘Coordinator for Cyber issues and for the Cyber Education Training Exercise and Evaluation (ETEE) Platform’ and his responsibilities cover, among others, the coordination between Cyber ETEE providers. His main goal: contributing to the training programme and conceptual documents, supporting the implementation of ESDC courses with a focus on cyber security/cybercrime/NIS/external relations, cooperating with relevant services in the EU-Institutions, the EEAS and EU Agencies. Furthermore he is the focal point for the ‘European External Action Service Knowledge Management Working Group – Peace, Security and Defence (PSD) lessons process’, responsible for the ‘ESDC internal Lessons Learnt process, annual meetings and Team Building’. Moreover he supports the implementation of the Cyber Defence Policy Framework 2.0 (EEAS is leading). Since 1992 he works for the Italian Ministry of Internal Affairs – Department of Public Security – National Police of State. He has worked in various positions and offices in the public order and safety sector of the Police of State, Italy where is also was the Director of the Digital Forensic Lab of Piedmont and Aosta Valley. He has also served as IT manager for informatics security policies at the Immigration Office in Turin. He worked at Postal and Communications Police – Piedmont and Aosta Valley as officer for eight years, preventing and combat Cyber Crime. He holds a Master’s Degree in Information Treatment Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Scientifically Technologies from Computer Science Department of Turin, Italy. He holds the qualifying examination to Computer Science Engineers (state register) from Polytechnic University of Turin and a MSc in Engineering Management of Public Security from University of Naples Federico II, Italy. He is interested in the Artificial Intelligence area and for that reason, he developed his thesis in the area of the Mobile Robots after three years of research under the Lagrange Project, Turin.

Pre-Course e-Learning Modules


The EU Global Strategy (EUGS)


AKU 105

Cyber Situational Awareness for Decision Makers


Course Schedule

Day 1

24 April, 2024
08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 10:00

Welcome Address

Dr. Gabriel Raicu, Rector, Constanta Maritime University & President, Maritime Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence, Romania

Mr. Giuseppe Zuffanti, Coordinator for cyber issues and for the Cyber ETEE Platform – National Expert, European Security and Defence College (ESDC), Bruss

Informal Tour-de-Table and group photo

10:00 - 11:20

Class 1: The Digital Ocean - Understanding Maritime Cybersecurity in the EU Context

Lecturer: Mr. Jakob Paske Larsen, BIMCO (TBC)

11:20 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:50

Class 2: Cybersecurity Strategy, Regulatory Frameworks and Policy Implications

Lecturer: Mr. Dan Cimpean, The Director, DNSC

12:50 - 13:00

Coffee break

13:00 - 14:30

Workshop 1: Cyber Threat Identification and Analysis

Lecturer: Mr. Daniel Ionita, MARCYSCOE

14:30 - 15:30

Lunch break

15:30 - 16:50

Class 3: Cybersecurity Technologies in Maritime Operations

Lecturer: Mr. George Sharkov, CEO, European Software Institute CEE 

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Remarks Day 1

19:00 - 21:00

Social Event: Course Dinner

Day 2

25 April, 2024
08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 10:30

Class 4: Emerging Threats and EU Responses in Maritime Cybersecurity


10:30 - 10:40

Coffee break

10:40 - 12:10

Class 5: Cybersecurity Best Practices and Case Studies

Lecturer: Mr. Javier Yasnikouski, Maritime Safety Division, IMO (TBC)

12:10 - 12:20

Coffee break

12:20 - 13:50

Workshop 2: Navigating a Simulated Maritime Cybersecurity Crisis

Prof. Gabriel Raicu, MARCYSCOE
Mrs. Gabriela Matei, E-ARC (TBC)

13:50 - 14:50

Lunch break

14:50 - 16:20

Class 6: Fostering Maritime Cybersecurity Cooperation

Lecturer: Mr. Shota Gvineria, BDU

16:20 - 16:40

Certificate Ceremony

Dr. Gabriel Raicu, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation, Constanta Maritime University & President, Maritime Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence, Romania

Mr. Giuseppe Zuffanti, Coordinator for cyber issues and for the Cyber ETEE Platform – National Expert, European Security and Defence College (ESDC), Brussels

16:40 - 17:00

Closing Remarks

These Are

Our Speakers

About The Event Organiser

The Maritime Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence is a leading provider of cybersecurity services and solutions for the maritime industry. MARCYSCOE mission is to enhance the cyber security resilience of the maritime sector through innovative research, expert advice, training, and education. 

MARCYSCOE provides a wide range of cybersecurity services to public and private organisations in the maritime industry, including vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, incident response, and compliance assessments. MARCYSCOE experts bring together extensive experience and knowledge of the maritime industry and cybersecurity best practices.

They work closely with the university’s faculty and students to develop and deliver cutting-edge research and education programs that address the maritime sector’s complex cybersecurity challenges. 

MARCYSCOE also collaborate with industry partners, governmental agencies, and other organisations to promote cybersecurity awareness, knowledge-sharing, and innovation in the maritime industry



104 Mircea cel Batran Street, Constanta, Constanta County, 900663

MARCYSCOE is based at the Maritime University of Constanta, a Romanian public university that provides bachelor and master programs for the maritime industry.

Deadline: March 15, 2024