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 Constanta 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.

Fully Booked !

“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.

Our Lecturers

Cristian Mihai Vidu

Instructor, SANS Institute

Mr Cristian-Mihai VIDU is an experienced cybersecurity professional with more than 20 years experience in IT and information security. During this time he has worked with government agencies, defense contractors as well as retail and financial services companies on topics ranging from cybersecurity policy, risk and compliance as well as in-depth technical topics such as threat hunting, incident response and SOC building.

He sits on the GIAC advisory board, holding multiple technical cybersecurity certifications (GCTI, GSTRT, GDSA, GSOC, GCFE, GCED, GSEC), is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP), and supports multiple clients around the globe as an independent consultant.

Dan Cimpean

The Director, The Romanian National Cyber Security Directorate

Mr. Dan Cimpean accumulated over 20 years of experience in cyber security, strategy, policy, risk management, audit, and compliance in Brussels, Bucharest, and internationally. He led professional teams supporting European Institutions, National Cyber Competent Authorities, and large corporate businesses in defining cyber security strategies and implementing policies, governance, or operational and technical measures.

In November 2021 he was appointed as The Director of the brand-new National Cyber Security Directorate, by decision of the Romanian Prime-Minister, following approval received from the Supreme Council of National Defence.

Dan is also Management Board member of the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA); Governing Board member of the European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre (ECCC) and Chairman of the EU CEF Telecom Cybersecurity Programme Governance Board, in addition to several other governance roles at the level of Romanian and European workgroups.

Daniel Ionita

Director, Cymed Security Technologies SRL

With a long experience in actual DNSC as a Director for Analyses, Policies and Cooperation Directorate of CERT-RO have been involved in national cyber security legal framework elaboration. From his position represented Romania at the European level in different working group and committees for cyber security and also participated in transferring NIS Directive provision in Romanian legislation. Between 2016-2020 as an independent expert of Council of Europe participated in dozens of cyber security projects in the area of interest of the Council. During the Romania Presidency of the EU Council was Chairman of the Horizontal Working Party for Cyber Issues. Currently is member of MARCYSCOE, associate expert of The New Strategy Center – security think tank, and director of a private cyber security company- CYMED

George Sharkov

CEO, European Software Institute CEE

Dr. Sharkov is Assoc. Professor at the Institute of ICT, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Since 2003 he has been Director of European Software Institute CEE (Sofia), Head of Cybersecurity Lab at SofiaTechPark (specialized in pen testing of complex industrial systems, IoT/IIoT). He was a cyber defense adviser to the Bulgarian MoD (2014-2021) and National Cybersecurity Coordinator. Dr. Sharkov is leading various projects and initiatives related to cybersecurity and resilience in various domains (critical infrastructure protection, cybercrime investigation, cybersecurity of complex systems-of-systems, simulation cyber ranges). He coordinated several national Cyber Shockwave exercises simulating national crises in the energy and transport sectors, water supply, maritime, and health services. He contributed to various NATO and EU cyber/hybrid exercises with scenario development and execution. George was a member of EU AI High-Level Expert Group and represents EU Digital SMEs in ENISA ad-hoc group for Secure AI, and Stakeholders Cybersecurity Certification Group. He has extensive experience in developing and implementing cybersecurity and AI security standards (member of ETSI TC Cyber, and vice-chair of ISG Securing AI), implementation and assessments based on CERT Resilience Management Model (CERT/SEI, Carnegie Mellon University). He holds a PhD in AI (expert systems) and is lecturing in three leading universities in Bulgaria (software quality management, cybersecurity and resilience, securing AI and weaponized AI).

Radu Stănescu

Governing Board Member for Romania, European Cybersecurity Competence Centre 

Radu Stănescu serves on the ECCC Governing Board as the representative for Romania and boasts over 15 years of expertise in cybersecurity. As a seasoned consultant specializing in penetration testing, his focus extends to risk-based vulnerability management and addressing human vulnerabilities. This extensive background equips him with a nuanced understanding of cybersecurity challenges and solutions, positioning him as a key figure in advancing cybersecurity initiatives and policies.

John McCarthy

CEO, Oxford Integrated Systems

Dr John McCarthy is a chartered cyber security professional. He holds a PhD in Cyber Security and eBusiness Development and is an internationally recognized author discussing all aspects of Cyber Security in the modern world.

John has been CEO of Oxford Systems since 2003. His responsibilities include the development and management of a complete set of Cyber Security services created specifically for transport and critical national infrastructure, as well as the deployment of those services at some of the world’s busiest airports.

Furthermore, John’s impressive list of posts include seats on several prominent US committees that offer advice and policy guidance to the US government on cybersecurity matters. He is also panel member of the American Transport Research Board researching Cyber Security best practice for airports throughout North America. He is an active member of the ACI EUROPE Aviation Security Committee, the International Committee on Information Warfare and Security and a Member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. John is also a Freeman of the City of London.

Shota Gvineria

Lecturer, Baltic Defence College

Ambassador Shota Gvineria joined the Baltic Defence College as the lecturer in Defence and Cyber Studies in July of 2019. He is also a senior fellow at the Economic Policy Research Center since 2017. Earlier, Amb. Gvineria has been working on various positions in Georgia’s public sector. Among other positions, Shota Gvineria served as the Deputy Secretary at the National Security Council of Georgia. He held the position of the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Minister of Defense of Georgia in 2015-16. Through 2010-14, he served as the Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In 2010 he was promoted to the position of a Director of European Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Prior to that, he served as a Head of NATO Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. In the period from 2006 until 2008, Shota Gvineria was posted as the Counselor of the Georgian Mission to NATO. Amb. Gvineria holds MA in Strategic Security Studies from Washington’s National Defense University. He also earned his MA in International Relations from the Diplomatic School of Madrid and Public Administration from the Georgian Technical University.

Niculae Iancu

Vice-President, Maritime Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence

Dr Niculae Iancu has relevant expertise in national security. He has worked in the field of military research, international military cooperation and strategic planning, with a particular focus on NATO and defence and intelligence policy and strategy. 

Dr Iancu is a former Rector of the National Intelligence Academy. He teaches Security Studies and Risk Management at several Romanian universities. 

Dr Iancu is also a mentor on strategy, risk management and business and competitive intelligence with InnovX. He shares his expertise with the private sector, striving to inspire a culture of critical thinking and systematic business analysis methods among startup and scaleup communities.

Pre-Course e-Learning Modules

AKU 55

The EU Strategic Compass


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), Brussels

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. Cristian-Mihai Vidu, Trainer, SANS Institute

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, The Romanian National Cyber Security Directorate

12:50 - 13:00

Coffee break

13:00 - 14:30

Workshop 1: Setting up a Maritime CERT/CSIRT – policies and operational challenges

Lecturer: Mr. Daniel Ionita, MARCYSCOE, Romania

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, Bulgaria

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

Lecturer: Mr. Radu Stănescu, Governing Board Member for Romania, European Cybersecurity Competence Centre 

10:30 - 10:40

Coffee break

10:40 - 12:10

Class 5: Cybersecurity Best Practices and Case Studies

Lecturer: Dr. John McCarthyCEO, Oxford Integrated Systems, UK

12:10 - 12:20

Coffee break

12:20 - 13:50

Workshop 2: Navigating a Simulated Maritime Cybersecurity Crisis

Prof. Gabriel Raicu, MARCYSCOE

CDR (ITA-N) Elia CUOCO, EUNAVFOR ASPIDES FHQ – Chief of Staff on board ITS CAIO DUILIO – Introduced by Mr. Giuseppe Zuffanti, European Security and Defence College (ESDC), Brussels

13:50 - 14:50

Lunch break

14:50 - 16:20

Class 6: Fostering Maritime Cybersecurity Cooperation

Lecturer: Amb. Shota Gvineria, Baltic Defence College, Estonia

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

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

Dr. Niculae Iancu, Vice-President, Maritime Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence, Romania

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: Fully Booked !