About the Indian Dutch Cyber Security School 2020
From the end of September to the middle of November 2020, the third edition of the Indian Dutch Cyber Security School (#IDCSS), formerly known as The Hague India Cyber Security Summer School (NICSSS), took place. The Indian Dutch Cyber Security School promotes the education of students and professionals on cybersecurity issues, while facilitating the increased cooperation of The Netherlands, specifically the Municipality of The Hague, with the Indian states of Telangana and Karnataka.
The School’s programme allows participants to gain deeper knowledge and understanding of cyber security and its contemporary challenges. During the programme participants will have the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest experts in the field. Moreover, if selected, they will work on case studies, "challenges", provided by leading Dutch and Indian organizations. These selected students will then pitch their findings at the School and the renowned organizations will determine the best solution(s).
The issues the students explore are of extreme importance. Cyber harassments, cyber bullying, disinformation, and other forms of cyber attacks threaten individuals, businesses and states everyday. Moreover, cyber attacks are not only aimed against individuals, they also target vital sectors such as health care, transportation, (data)security infrastructure and much more. Cyber threats present a risk to national infrastructures and the daily functioning of society. The Covid-19 pandemic has further worsened this predicament.
During the School, participants will be instructed on cyber security-related topics, covering areas such as ethics, accountability, hardware security, incident response, data protection and, norms and governance. Central to last year's edition of the School were the topics of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Critical Infrastructures (CI).*
The Indian Dutch Cyber Security School 2021 will run online, due to the unprecedented circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic. As a reference, details on the 2020 (online) School can be found below.
*This year's main topics are to be released soon.
Course Information 2020
The School's 2020 edition was conducted online due to the coronavirus pandemic. The online platform of Blackboard was used to facilitate online courses, which comprised live lectures and asynchronous group assignments, better known as "challenges".
Students were instructed on cutting edge cyber security developments and experienced fascinating lectures by experts and professionals in the field. Moreover, the students acquired insiders' perspectives, completed exciting group challenges and expanded their social network through meeting and interacting online. The main topics for the 2020 edition of the School were the Internet of Things (IoT) and Critical Infrastructures (CI).
The overarching goals of the programme are to raise awareness on cyber security implications in the domains of IoT and CI, as well as enhance understanding on broader cyber security issues and interdisciplinary policies implemented to tackle them.
More specifically, the 2020 School focused on:
- Recent cyber trends, including data protection and privacy by design and by default in the framework of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as invariants in software development for big data analytics;
- The cyber environment and its vulnerabilities, including the trends of phishing, trojan horses, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), zero days, ransomware, malwares, viruses, and the Deep Web, along with the new technologies of social engineering, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain, and their consequences and legal treatment;
- Cyber behaviour, including the concepts of net neutrality, coordinated responsible disclosure, multi-stakeholder approach, cyber diplomacy and state and civilian behaviour in the cyber domain, understanding the ethical challenges of the cyber environment as well as norms of behaviour in cyberspace;
- Your personal development, helping you to improve your presentation, collaboration, communication and social skills, in an international and multidisciplinary environment.