On June 1, 2020, the Military Academy, along with the Oberammergau NATO School (NSO) and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterrey, USA, officially opened the second ten-week ” Network Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Mitigation Course” M6. 109. The activity is sponsored by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program (SPS) and the Ministry of Defense, and the co-directors of the courses are prof. Dr. Mitko Bogdanoski, Colonel of the Military Academy and CDR Paolo Carcavallo, of the NATO School of Oberammergau. The director of this course by NPS is Liliana Serban. The first 9 weeks of the course will be conducted online in an effort to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This course was preceded by an advanced training course in “Network Security” M6-108, which also lasted for ten weeks (January-April 2020), and which was completed by 31 candidates from different institutions (MoD, MoI, MISA, MFA, MKD-CIRT, NSA, DSCI).
Colonel Brian Hill, USA-AF, the NSO Dean of Academics, began by emphasizing the timeliness of this course: “The work you will do over the next 10 weeks has never been more important and more critical as building resilience in the cyber domain is paramount to our current situation, with NATO engaged to fight the global pandemic; additionally, our Alliance needs your expertise to counter disinformation and propaganda emanating from its adversaries. We are confident you’ll emerge better equipped to support these efforts at the end of this course.”
CDR Paolo Carcavallo, USA-N, the NATO Co-Director for this NATO SPS Award added: “In the past few weeks we witnessed malicious cyber activities seeking to take advantage of the new ways we are doing business. There will continue to be threats to the Alliance and our nations and this course will teach you how to protect the cyber networks from the malicious activities and how to better serve in the front line of the cyber defence.”
Colonel Prof. Dr. Sc. Mitko Bogdanoski, Vice Dean at the Military Academy “General Mihajlo Apostolski” and co-director of the activity, at the end of the opening of the course added: “The training of the key cybersecurity personnel from various institutions in the country, through the implementation of these two high-professional training, is crucial for dealing with cybersecurity-related challenges for both our country and the Alliance. I hope that at the end of this course, you will not only get the appropriate NATO and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) certificates, but you will also expand your knowledge and be ready to respond to any cyber threats, especially now that our responsibility is not only to protect our cyberspace, but also the cyberspace of our NATO allies. “