The Black Sea Academy for National Security held a two-day Cybersecurity Framework Practitioner Training for Professionals master class. The event was held in the virtual audiences of Varna Free University and is supported by Guzik Tech Enterprises - USA. Students from the Cybersecurity and Intelligent Security Systems master programmes at VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar", as well as students from the Military Academy "G.S.Rakovski" participated. Lecturer was Dr. Moti Zwilling from the Ariel Cyber Innovation Center in Israel.
The students gained theoretical knowledge about solving practical cases, which gave them the opportunity to acquire new knowledge, to understand the role of the cybersecurity specialist and the tasks that lie ahead.
"The materials provided by Moti Zwilling, PhD outlined what we should emphasise, what to look out for, how to interpret different situations as a type of alert (security breach), and also gave us additional information about the nature of the situation around us. Thank you for your good performance and we look forward to the next meeting," said Zvezdelin Nikolov, a student in the Cybersecurity master's degree programme at VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar". The students emphasized that the master class was the right way to gain expertise and knowledge in the learning process, especially with the inclusion of practical classes in it.
"The lessons were of added value to me and helped me get into the specifics of cybersecurity," said Serkan Halil, a cybersecurity student at Varna Free University.
"Despite the existing circumstances of the state of emergency, it was decided to hold a master class this semester as only systematic training can produce results. Thanks to our Israeli colleagues, we are able to achieve our goals, one of which is to bring cybersecurity training in Bulgaria to the highest world standards," said Vladimir Bronfenbrener, one of Israel's leading national security experts and Secretary General of the Black Sea Academy for National Security.
On April 25 and 26, the Black Sea Security Academy at VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar" will make a master class in Cyber security, which will include students in Cybersecurity from the Master's degree programmes of VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar" and "G. S. Rakovski” National Defence College.
One of the leading Cyber security specialists at Israel's Center for Innovation and Cyber security, Dr. Moti Zwilling will be the lecturer. Those who have completed the master class will receive a joint certificate from the Black Sea Security Academy and the Israel Center for Innovation and Cyber security.
The master class is held for the second time. It will be in the virtual classrooms of Varna Free University. The first event took place last November and was met with great interest. The Academy's management decided that master classes in Cybersecurity should be held within each semester, thus giving great benefit to cyber security learners.
The event is sponsored by Guzik technical enterprises - USA.
The Black Sea Security Academy at Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” is the only one in the Balkans which will have Cyber Range cyber-simulator. The simulator has 15 scenarios and 3 levels of complexity designed for students, experts and employees in power structures. The training will be conducted by the Black Sea Security Academy and the Israeli Centre for Innovation and Cybersecurity.
"The Cyber Range simulator is a necessary component in the cybersecurity training, without which specialists in the field cannot be prepared. This simulator trains government and law enforcement officials from leading countries, security experts in the financial sector and critical infrastructure, as well as Cybersecurity students at the world's most elite educational institutions, "commented Vladimir Bronfenbrenner, secretary general of the Black Sea Security Academy, who will coordinate the operation and use of the simulator in Bulgaria.
The students in the Cybersecurity master’s degree programme at Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” will be the first and currently the only students in Bulgaria who will have the opportunity to undergo Cyber Range training during their studies at the university.
Interest in the simulator has already been expressed by state and power structures, both from Bulgaria and from neighboring countries, which makes our country an important factor in the field of cybersecurity in the Western Balkans.
At the opening ceremony of the Cyber Range Training Center, scheduled for 2 April 2020, at Varna Free University was expected to arrive an Israeli delegation headed by the Leading Cybersecurity Expert Major General (retired) Ami Shafran - Former Chief of Technology and Telecommunications Subdivision of the Israeli Army and currently President of the Ariel University Center for Innovation and Cybersecurity at Ariel University, as well as representatives from ministries, agencies and local government. In view of the constantly changing situation in Israel and Bulgaria, the schedule of the ceremony may be changed.
Varna Free University students, experts and these who are interested in the topic of regional problems related to the refugee crises in the Balkans will have the opportunity to watch an online lecture by one of Northern Macedonia's most respected politicians, Prof. Jove Kekenovski. It is part of a series of lectures by the Black Sea Academy for National Security at Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar”- “Leaders Lecture Series” with financial support of “Guzik Technical Enterprises” - USA. Prof. Jove Kekenovski recorded his lecture at the studio of Varna Free University and it will be broadcast in public.
Within 90 minutes, Prof. Kekenowski outlines the causes of the refugee crises from 2011 to the present and presents a detailed collaboration of the EU actions and tools to deal with crises, as well as gaps and disagreements by individual member states of the Union on measures. The leading Macedonian politician outlines what has been done and what the gaps are. He presents his reflections on the direction the EU and the Western Balkans are heading. The lecture is a sublimate of study on the migrant crisis and contains a large number of statistical, financial, geographical and historical indicators.
The Black Sea Academy for National Security at Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” and the Centre for Innovation and Cybersecurity at Ariel University in Israel have signed a partnership and cooperation agreement. A number of projects are envisaged in the field of cybersecurity - both in education and in the further training of servants in the Bulgarian force structures.
The two institutions have already implemented several joint projects, one of which was the master class entitled Cybersecurity Framework Practitioner Training for Professionals. Students from the master’s degree programme in Cybersecurity at Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" and from the Military Academy "G.S.Rakovski" participated in it.
"We have agreed with our Israeli partners to implement several projects in Bulgaria very soon, one of which will have no equivalent in the Balkan region," said Vladimir Bronfenbrenner, Secretary General of the Black Sea Academy for National Security.
"It is a great honour to partner with the Black Sea Academy for National Security and we will do our best to ensure that cybersecurity level in Bulgaria will reach the highest world standards", said Dr. Amit Dvir, director of the Centre for Innovation and Cybersecurity at Ariel University.
Prof. Jove Kekenovski, former Mayor of Skopje and one of the most active politicians of North Macedonia today will come to Bulgaria by invitation of the "Black Sea Academy for National Security" as a part of "Leaders Lecture Series" and with financial support of "Guzik Technical Enterprises" – U.S.A.
The theme of the lecture that will be delivered by Prof. Kekenovski is: EU’s “Unwillingness and inconsistent policy to resolve the refugee and migrant crisis or purposely sacrificing Western Balkan countries”.
THE BLACK SEA ACADEMY FOR NATIONAL SECURITY IS RECOGNIZED AS A REGIONAL LEADER IN CYBER AND NATIONAL SECURITY
One of the leading center for cybersecurity – The Ariel Cyber Innovation Center of Ariel University in Israel, highly rated the activity of the Black Sea Academy for National Security and recognized the Academy as a regional leader in the field of cyber and national security.
The Leaders Lectures |Series at Varna Free University "Chernorisets Hrabar" started with an impressive lecture delivered by Col. (Retired) Yitzhak Turgeman - former Director of the Ministry of Defense of Israel for Social Policies and member of the board of trustees of theBlack Sea Academy for National Security. The event is organized by the Black Sea Academy for National Security and is financially supported by Guzik Technical Enterprises - USA.
Yitzhak Turgeman presented Israel's innovative and successful experience in implementing national priorities through higher education and cyber security. Issues of importance for Bulgaria related to defense, education and their interconnections in the social sphere were addressed. After the lecture, a discussion was held on the possibilities of applying the Israeli experience in Bulgaria, according to the local specifics. The lecture was attended by the Deputy Mayor of Varna Municipality Peycho Peichev, who presented the priorities of the Municipality in the field of education. The Rector of Varna Free University Prof. Dr. Peter Hristov was greatly interested by the presentation and suggested a joint work. Experts from the Security Management and Public Order Control Directorate of Varna Municipality - Nikola Kolev, Georgi Ivanov and Lyudmil Ivanov, were also present. Lecturers and students majoring in National Security, Law, and Cyber Security at Varna Free University have shown great interest in this topic.
"Lectures on topics relevant to Bulgaria and the region will be delivered by leading experts in national security, international relations and cyber security during the 2019/2020 Leaders Lectures Series at Varna Free University.
Prior to their arrival in Varna, Yitzhak Turgeman and his colleague Vladimir Bronfenbrenner held working meetings in Sofia with representatives of relevant ministries, discussing cooperation based on Israeli experience.
The Black Sea Security Academy held with great success a two-day Cybersecurity Framework Practitioner Training for Professionals master class. The event, which was held at Varna Free University, was attended by students from G.S. Rakovski Military Academy, from the master’s degree programmes at VFU “Chernorizets Hrabar”, as well as by experts from the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the National Social Security Institute. Lecturers were Dr. Moti Zwilling, Dr. Amit Dvir, and Ahiad Alter, leading experts from Ariel Cyber Innovation Center at Ariel University...
A senior official of the Israeli National Cybersecurity Agency at the Israeli Prime Minister's Office presented in a video link between Bulgaria and Israel his lecture to the participants. For an hour and a half, students and experts had the unique opportunity to ask up-to-date questions, get answers, and participate in real-time discussions.
"Within these days, we have once again demonstrated a fundamentally new level and approach for Bulgaria in cybersecurity training that meets world standards, so that future professionals can meet the current cybersecurity challenges - in terms of national security," says one of Israel's leading national security experts and Secretary-General of the Black Sea Academy for National Security, Vladimir Bronfenbrenner.
On 23 and 24 November, master class in Cybersecurity Framework Practitioner Training for Professionals is bringing together students from G.S. Rakovski Military Academy and from the master’s degree programmes of VFU “Chernorizets Hrabar”.
Speakers are leading experts from the Ariel Cyber Innovation Center. Among the participant will be a cybersecurity specialists from National Insurance Institute (NOI) and Ministry of Labour and Social policy.
Col.(res) Turgeman, former head of the Israeli Ministry of Defense Security-Society brunch will come to Bulgaria by invitation of the "Black Sea Academy for National Security" as a part of "Leaders lecture series" and with financial support of "Guzik Technical Enterprises" – U.S.A. The theme of the lecture that will be delivered by Col.(Res.) Turgeman is: Promoting national priorities through education, higher education and cyber - based on successful and groundbreaking experience from Israel.
With financial support of "Guzik Technical Enterprises", USA
During the academic 2019/2020 year, the Black Sea Academy for National Security launches Leaders Lecture Series at Varna Free University. They will be delivered by world experts and leaders in the field of cybersecurity, national security and international relations...
The lectures will be related to actual issues for Bulgaria and the region. They are of great interest to both students and professionals from public and municipal structures. Among the speakers are Prof. Jove Kekenovski - a former mayor of Skopje, Prof. Dr. Andrey Andrunik - one of the leading personnel security specialists in Russia, Col.(Res.) Itshak Turgeman - longtime head of the Israeli Ministry of Defense for Social Affairs, etc.
This is one of the steps in establishing Varna as a center of excellence for National Security.