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Training the European workforce of tomorrow: cyber ranges in practice

Context - A fast evolving cyber threat landscape

Over the past years, malicious cyber activity has evolved and substantially increased with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and now the Ukraine crisis. Cyber criminals are taking advantage of this situation, constantly boosting their attacks to exploit vulnerabilities and flaws to acquire sensitive information, infiltrate private networks to steal data, or disrupt critical infrastructures.  

As Europe is accelerating its path toward the shift to a digital economy, the need for cybersecurity skilled staff has never been higher.  


A collaborative EU response

The last years have seen the development of a number of cyber range technologies, products, national and international initiatives to tackle the evolving cyberthreat landscape thanks to innovative but realistic forms of training to emulate real environments that fully replicate what can be faced in daily life. 

The webinar focussed on a set of cyber ranges simulating realistic domain environments, equipment, infrastructures and data developed by three EC funded initiatives: CONCORDIA, SPIDER and FORESIGHT. 

Each project presented current progress, best practices and technical insights together with a practical demonstration of the respective cyber ranges as virtual training environments and how they can be used to simulate cyber incidents and attacks so IT professionals can hone their skills and prepare for real-world circumstances. 


Finally, a panel discussion moderated by ECSO looked at how Europe is bringing together different initiatives with the aim of tackling the cybersecurity skills gap and how R&I projects can play an active role producing practical tools and services to address it quickly and comprehensively.        

Target Audience

Given that cybersecurity is not just an IT issue, the event will cater for both IT specialists and a wider audience including employees from all departments and at all levels of seniority. 




Duration (min) Topic and Speaker
10:00 - 10:05

Introduction and framework overview | Csaba Virag, Chair of Cyber Range Focus Group, ECSO

10:05-10:20 ECSO WG5 and Cyber Range Focus Group activities | Csaba Virag, Chair of Cyber Range Focus Group, ECSO

CONCORDIA Project - Development of open a cybersecurity training and exercise | Jakub Čegan, Masaryk University
The talk will demonstrate how to develop cybersecurity training and exercise. There are three key components needed. The platform. The basic building blocks. And the know-how. The first two are freely available. We can't easily give you the last one, but we can show you hints and tips during this talk. We also will show several success stories of exercises and training at the KYPO Cyber Range Platform.

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Introducing a novel 5G specific Cyber Range: The case of SPIDER project | Panagiotis Gouvas, UBITECH
The presentation focuses on the main features of the SPIDER 5G CyberRange-as-a-Service solution, which includes advanced simulation and emulation tools and novel training methods towards active learning, aiming to assist security professionals of various levels to enhance their skills, being trained under realistic conditions.


FORESIGHT Project – Development of a federated cyber range platform and innovative training curricula | Nicholas Kolokotronis, University of the Peloponnese
This talk will provide a brief overview of the current advances in FORESIGHT project, final architecture and federation concept, functionalities and novel services, automation and integration with external platforms, as well as, training curricula and certification.

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Panel and Q&A | All Speakers

11:50-12:00 End of Webinar



The event was jointly organised by:

With the support of the Horizon Results Booster service of the European Commission.