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17 - 20 June, 2024, Constanta​

3rd Cyber ETEE Summer School

The 3rd Cyber ETEE Summer School is organised by the Maritime Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence of the Constanta Maritime University under the aegis of the European Security and Defence College

Advancing Europe's Cyber Resilience: Navigating the New Frontiers of Digital Sovereignty, Diplomacy, and Intelligence

About The Event

The Maritime Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence of the Maritime University of Constanta is proud to organise the Cyber ETEE Summer School’s 3rd edition, continuing under the prestigious auspices of the European Defence and Security College. The 2024 edition, themed “Advancing Europe’s Cyber Resilience: Navigating the New Frontiers of Digital Sovereignty, Diplomacy, and Intelligence,” focuses on elevating Europe’s stance in cybersecurity within the global arena through training and education.

This premier event is an immersive platform for education, training, exercise, and evaluation (ETEE) within the spheres of cybersecurity, geopolitics, diplomacy, and intelligence. It is tailored to unite a diverse cohort of professionals, renowned experts, and academic figures to dissect and discuss Europe’s digital sovereignty and the nuanced cyber geopolitical landscape.

The summer school acts as a vessel for analysing and addressing the intricate challenges and opportunities presented by the rapidly evolving digital domain. It is poised to have a strategic impact on enhancing Europe’s cybersecurity capabilities.

Attendees will be involved in a robust curriculum encompassing a rich array of lectures and hands-on workshops. These sessions are crafted to deepen participants’ insights into an array of pivotal cyber issues, including the dynamics of EU cybersecurity policy, fostering resilience against prominent cyber threats, the intricacies of international cyber diplomacy and cyber deterrence, and the cultivation of cyber resilience through an inclusive multi-stakeholder strategy.

A significant part of the dialogue will revolve around reconciling the dual imperatives of surveillance and the safeguarding of privacy, as well as leveraging avant-garde technologies to underpin next-wave cybersecurity measures.

The Cyber ETEE Summer School 2024 sets out to foster a multi-disciplinary, collaborative ethos in tackling cybersecurity challenges. It aspires to catalyse knowledge transfer, enhance skill sets, and broaden professional networks among attendees. This endeavour is intrinsically aligned with Europe’s overarching strategic objective—to affirm its digital autonomy and bolster its defence mechanisms in the face of expanding cyber threats.

“Cyberspace is like the physical world. It offers great opportunities, politically and economically, but unfortunately, it is also a space where state and non-state actors breach the rule of law, misuse technology to advance their political agendas. The threat is real, it evolves constantly and it becomes everyday more important”.



Pre-Course e-Learning Modules

AKU 107

Awareness course on Cyber Diplomacy


AKU 106b

The landscape of Hybrid Threats 


AKU 106d

Introduction to Hybrid Detterence


AKU 106e

Hybrid Warfare


AKU 106f

Hybrid Threats and Maritime Security


AKU 106d

Information Security Management Implementation


Have A Look At The

Summer School Schedule

Day 1

17 June 2024
Strengthening Europe's Digital Sovereignty

Morning Session
09:00 - 09:30
Opening Remarks

Course Director: Prof. Gabriel Raicu

Rector, Constanta Maritime University

Training Manager: Ms. Anna Malec

European Security and Defence College

09:30 - 11:00
Class 1 - Evolving Cybersecurity Policy in the EU: Milestones Achieved and Future Outlook

This class offers an in-depth look at the evolution of the European Union’s cybersecurity policy. It examines key EU cybersecurity policy objectives and achievements to date and provides perspectives on the strategic direction and anticipated developments in EU cybersecurity initiatives. Participants will gain an understanding of how past accomplishments have shaped current policies and what future challenges and opportunities lie ahead for cybersecurity in the EU framework.

Lecturer: Ms. Gioia MARZANO

Cyber Policy Officer (SNE), European External Action Service (EEAS)

11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:45
Class 2 - Fostering Collaborative Cybersecurity Initiatives among EU Bodies, National Governments, and Industry Partners

This session focuses on the critical importance of cohesive action and strategy alignment across various stakeholders within the EU’s cybersecurity landscape. We’ll dissect the complexities of collaboration among EU institutions, member state authorities, and the private sector in developing and implementing cybersecurity measures. By highlighting successful case studies of public-private partnerships, as well as cooperative projects between member states, participants will explore the multifaceted nature of these relationships.

Lecturer: Ms. Manuela CATRINA

Under-Secretary of State for Cybersecurity & Deputy Director, The Romanian National Cyber Security Directorate, Romania 

12:45 - 14:00
Lunch Break
Afternoon Session
14:00 - 15:30
Workshop 1 - Crafting a Collaborative Cybersecurity Strategy for Europe's Digital Ecosystem

This interactive session will highlight the importance of cross-sector collaboration and the value of diverse perspectives in strengthening Europe’s posture against cyber threats.

Lecturer: Dr. Niculae IANCU

Vice-President, Maritime Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence

15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:45
Keynote Speech - Privacy and Security in the Digital World

A distinguished academic expert will present a keynote lecture, delving into the essential themes of security and privacy within the digital realm. This address will not only illuminate the current landscape of digital security and the critical importance of safeguarding private information but also explore the intricate balance required between robust cybersecurity measures and the protection of individual liberties in an increasingly interconnected society.

Speaker: Dr. Arnold DUPUY

Faculty Associate, Energy Academic Group, Naval Postgraduate School, USA

Day 2

18 June 2024
Enhancing Cybersecurity Mechanisms and Technical Resilience
Morning Session
09:00 - 10:30
Class 3 - Secure By Design - Agile Software Development

This class explores the sophisticated threat detection methods and cybersecurity mechanisms defining Europe’s approach to cybersecurity.

Lecturer: Dr. John McCARTHY

CEO, Oxford Systems, UK

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:15
Class 4 - Cybersecurity Standards and Best Practices in the EU

This class approaches the critical cybersecurity standards and best practices being implemented across the EU. Understand how these protocols are tailored and applied in various sectors to bolster the security and resilience of Europe’s digital ecosystem.

12:15 - 13:30
Lunch Break
Afternoon Session
13:30 - 15:00
Workshop 2 - Cyber Incident Response Management

Participants will be immersed in a practical incident response simulation addressing a coordinated cyber attack. This technical workshop emphasises rapid reaction, utilising forensic analysis, threat mitigation, and effective response strategies to manage and counteract cyber threats in a realistic simulation.

Lecturer: BG (ret) Daniel IONITA 

Member of the Board of Directors, Maritime Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence

15:00 - 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 - 16:15
Keynote Speech - Vision for a Cyber-Secure Europe

An expert in the field will deliver a keynote address focusing on the vision and strategic imperatives for a cyber-secure Europe. This speech will cover the evolving cybersecurity landscape, the role of innovative technologies, and the EU’s approach to securing its digital future.

Lecturer: Mr. Radu STANESCU

Governing Board Member for Romania, European Cybersecurity Competence Centre

Day 3

19 June 2024
Advancing Cybersecurity Technologies and Practices

Morning Session
09:00 - 10:30
Class 5 - Encryption and Data Protection Technologies

Explore the advancements in encryption and data protection, pivotal for safeguarding Europe’s information assets. Learn about the encryption techniques and data privacy measures essential for the security of digital communication within the EU.

Lecturer: Mr. Costin Gheorghe

Core System Engineer, Palo Alto Networks

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:15
Class 6 - Emerging Cybersecurity Technologies in the EU

Search the future of cybersecurity with an exploration of emerging technologies. This session will cover the latest innovations in cybersecurity, including blockchain applications, artificial intelligence in threat detection, and the role of IoT security in the European context.

Lecturer: Dr. Sarah LOHMANN (VTC)

iSchool Faculty at University of Washington (cyber/emerging tech)

12:15 - 13:15
Lunch Break
Afternoon Session
13:15 - 14:45
Workshop 3 - Cybersecurity Tech Sprint

Engage in a fast-paced, applied workshop designed to put cybersecurity technology into practice. Participants will form teams to work on deploying a cybersecurity solution to a given challenge, utilising emerging tools and methodologies discussed in earlier sessions.

Lecturer: Ms. Anca MODREANU

Regional Account Manager, Fortinet

14:45 - 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 - 16:00
Expert Talk- Integration of New Technologies into EU Cybersecurity Practice

Cybersecurity experts will lead a dynamic roundtable discussion on the practical integration of new technologies into the current EU cybersecurity framework. This will include a debate on the implications, challenges, and potential of adopting such technologies in real-world scenarios.

Lecturer: Mr. Dan TOFAN

Cybersecurity Service Excellence Manager, Cegeka, Greece

Day 4

20 June 2024
Public-Private Partnerships in Strengthening EU Cybersecurity
Morning Session
09:00 - 10:30
Class 7 - The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in EU Cybersecurity

This session will dive into how public-private partnerships (PPPs) can enhance the cybersecurity landscape across Europe. We will examine case studies, discuss frameworks for collaboration, and explore how these joint ventures can bolster defence mechanisms and cyber resilience.

Host: Ms. Irina COMAN

Women4Cyber Romania, Youth Ambassador, Programme Communication Manager

Lecturer: Mr. Luca TAGLIARETTI

Executive DirectorEuropean Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC)

Lecturer: Ms. Octavia LOJNITA

Vice President and Founder, Women4Cyber Romania 

Special Guest: Ms. Sorana GALAN

Women4Cyber Romania Romania Youth Ambassador

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:15
Class 8 - Success Stories of EU Cybersecurity Collaborations

Highlighting successful collaborations between government bodies and private sector entities, this class provides insights into the strategies and outcomes of existing partnerships. It focuses on lessons learned, best practices, and the tangible benefits of these alliances for the cybersecurity domain. This session additionally offers a comprehensive review of the funding mechanisms for cybersecurity research and development within the European Union framework.

Lecturer: Ms. Gabriela MATEI

Cybersecurity Expert, The Euro-Atlantic Resilience Centre

12:15 - 13:30
Lunch Break
Afternoon Session
13:30 - 14:45
Keynote Speech - The Future of Cybersecurity in the EU

A diverse panel consisting of policymakers, industry leaders, and cybersecurity experts will discuss the way forward for cybersecurity within the EU. The panel will also field questions and provide insights into how PPPs are expected to evolve and shape the future security landscape.

Lecturer: Dr. Olga R. CHIRIAC

Project Europe Head of Engagement with the Irregular Warfare Initiative (joint production of Princeton’s Empirical Studies of Conflict Project and the Modern War Institute at West Point) and Visiting Professor at the University of Bucharest

14:45 - 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 - 16:00
Awarding Ceremony - Celebrating Achievements of Summer School Participants
16:00 - 16:15
Closing Remarks

Meet Our Team

Training Manager

Programme Director

Anna Malec

Training Manager, European Security and Defence College

Gabriel Raicu

Rector, Maritime University of Constanta

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.

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


The Summer School will be held in hybrid format at the Training Center of Constanta Maritime University.

Address: No. 2 Cuarțului Street, Constanta, Romania, 900504

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