The National University of Public Service – in cooperation with the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Ministry of Defence – organized and hosted an international course on cyber security and defence within the framework of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) between 27-29 May 2015.
The course provided a thorough and up-to-date view on the nature of information society, on the threats from cyber space and on the theoretical and practical background of the preparation for cyber defence, with the main target group of the event being experts delegated by the ministries of EU member states, EU agencies and relevant institutions.
The organizers under Course Director Dr. Anna Molnár, associate professor at the Faculty of International and European Studies, have gathered an excellent team ranging from experts from EU member states, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Defence Agency (EDA) to representatives from the private sector. The event was opened by Dr. Péter Tálas, Dean of the Faculty of International and European Studies, followed by the keynote speech of Péter Siklósi, Deputy State Secretary for Defence Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Defence.
The course commenced with an overview of the basic definitions of cyber security and cyber defence, the main international processes in this field, the EU’s cyber security strategy, as well as the cyber security policies of some EU member states.
The second day began with the review of the development and current issues of European cyber diplomacy. A separate panel focused on the least developed dimension of cyber security: the legal frameworks of this field. Furthermore, the private sector was represented by Alastair Teare, CEO of Deloitte Central Europe and Lajos Antal, Head of Cyber Risk Services at Deloitte Central Europe. While the discussions revealed that nowadays cyberspace connects the world better than commerce, they also pointed out the differences between private and public sector in cyber security and noted that PPP structured development projects and investments in this field contain great challenges.
On the final day, participants received information and data about the extent of crime in cyber space (e.g. the damages cause in recent years are estimated to be more than EUR 310 billion). Last but not least, the military aspect of the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy and the EU-NATO cooperation in cyber security was reviewed.
The three-day course was closed with a ceremony where all participants received their course certificates containing the signature of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
Lecturers, PhD students and Security and Defence Policy MA students of the National University of Public Service (NUPS) participated at an international training on the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy in early February in Vienna.
The event, organized by the Austrian National Defence Academy, welcomed 20 participants from NUPS who had the opportunity of networking with military officers, diplomats and experts from several nations. The training included the presentations of experts working at the institutions and bodies of the European Union (including the European External Action Service) providing an overall view of the Common Security and Defence Policy with a special focus on crisis management operations and decision making processes.
Although its working language was English and was primarily aimed at the experts of EU member states and institutions, the course had participants from 87 countries including the United States of America, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Serbia.
Hungary was a highlighted participant of the event: apart from the high number of Hungarian attendants, the course included the presentation of BG Gábor Horváth from the Hungarian Ministry of Defence. In addition, the event’s opening ceremony started with the welcome addresses of LTG Erich Csitkovits Commandant of the Austrian National Defence Academy and Prof. Gen. (ret.) Zoltán Szenes Head of the Department of International Relations and Security Studies at NUPS.
The event was realised in the form of an Orientation Course under the European Security and Defence College (ESDC). Accordingly, participants successfully completing the training received a certificate signed by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The certificate ceremony included the remarks and co-operation of Dr. Col. Gábor Boldizsár, Dean of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training at NUPS.
The Hungarian delegation of 20 participants was led by Dr. Anna Molnár associate professor at the Department of International Relations and Security Studies with whom Prof. Dr. Ferenc Gazdag university professor represents Hungary in the Executive Academic Board of ESDC.