CYBER SECURITY FORUM IN MONTENEGRO
20th October 2016.god, Tehnopolis, Nikšič
Cyber Security Forum in words and photos…
On 20th October 2016, at the Innovative entrepreneurial center Tehnopolis in Nikšić there was held the first Cyber Security Forum in Montenegro with the aim to raise awareness among citizens and transfer of knowledge in that area in the modern society. More than 70 participants from the economy, financial sector, governmental and public institutions had been attended the Forum.
U.S. Ambassador Margaret Ann Uyehara, Mayor of Municipality Niksic Veselin Grbovic and Director General of the Ministry of Science, Darko Petrusic opened the first Montenegrin Cyber Security Forum.
Local governments and communities must have significant influence in raising awareness about cyber security. Mr Grbović welcomed all participants and said that Montenegro had to take preventive measures in order to reduce at minimum level possibilities of cyber attacks.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in United States, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cyber security. NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cyber security, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.
At the occasion, Ambassador Uyehara underscored that today, building a culture of security in an organization is a must. “The cyber security challenge is complex and pervasive. In today’s world, where threats are dynamic and destructive, ensuring resilience while mitigating security risk is a challenge facing both governments and the private sector” said Ambassador Uyehara.
The Director General of the Ministry of Science, Mr Darko Petrušić, pointed out that the Forum will significantly contribute to the development of awareness, as well as to the education in the field of cyber security.
Initial activities in the creation of cyber society in Montenegro and its continuous protection is led by Ministry of information society and telecommunications (MIST), i.e. the specialized department for cyber incidents – CERT. The working part of the Forum was opened by the representative of MIST, Mr Kenan Duraković, who spoke about “Cyber security as common responsibility”.
Mr Dejan Tomović, from Agency for national security, had an interesting lecture on the topic “Cyber terrorism and national security”, with highlights on practical examples.
Due to the rapid expansion of Internet and the other available online services, citizens are exposed to the different kinds of cyber treats. Mr Jakša Backović, Ministry of internal affairs, presented the best way of individual protection in his presentation “Protection of citizens in cyberspace”.
Mr Igor Vujačić, from Military of Montenegro, spoke about cyber defence, i.e. “Modern concepts of cyber defence”.
About necessity of company transformation from reactive to preventive treatment of cyber attacks spoke Mrs Nada Rakočević from Chamber of Economy of Montenegro in her presentation, titled “Company cyber protection”.
“Integration of cyber security in educational system” was the topic of Mrs Marina Matijevic’s presentation. As Ministry of education is authority body for curricula in primary and secondary schools, Mrs Matijević talked about planned activities.
The current situation about cyber security education at higher educational institutions in Montenegro was presented by Dr Ramo Šendelj, professor at University of Donja Gorica. Mr Šendelj was honoured to present new established, multidisciplinary master study program at University Donja Gorica.
At the end, the Forum moderator, Assistant Professor Ivana Ognjanović expressed her satisfaction because of successful organization and great attendance. She invited all participants to come back next year and think about all advice that they heard at Forum.
Cyber Security Forum in Media…
The Forum attracted attention of almost all media stations and online portals in Montenegro, listing just a few: