26-27 June 2024

University Ss Cyril and Methodius in Skopje,
Faculty for Computer Science and Engineering

Venue: Faculty for Computer Science and Engineering (FINKI),
ul.Rudzer Boshkovikj 16, Skopje,
Republic of North Macedonia

Introduction

The COST Action CA22104  BEiNG-WISE, is pleased in launching the CALL for trainees for the Training School titled: Cybersecurity and the human factor in the era of evolved communication technologies.

Goal

The primary goal of the training school encompasses a comprehensive exploration of diverse topics critical to cybersecurity within the realm of emerging wireless communications. With a focus on interdisciplinary research and education, the school aims to tackle the multifaceted challenges posed by the integration of evolving communication technologies and human behavior in the cybersecurity landscape.

The agenda will address a spectrum of essential themes, including the nuanced dynamics of cybersecurity in emerging wireless communications. Through rigorous academic inquiry and practical application, students will engage with cutting-edge research on cybercrime perspectives specific to wireless networks, deciphering the intricacies of threats, vulnerabilities, and mitigation strategies unique to this domain.

Moreover, the program will emphasize the exploration of optimal security approaches and their profound impact on users within wireless environments. By examining the intersection of technological safeguards and human-centric considerations, students will develop a holistic understanding of how security measures can be optimized to ensure both robust protection and user accessibility.

Furthermore, the curriculum delves into the intricate interplay of human factors in wireless security, acknowledging the pivotal role of user behavior, cognition, and psychology in shaping cybersecurity outcomes. Through empirical research and theoretical inquiry, students will explore the complexities of user interactions with wireless technologies, paving the way for the development of user-centric security solutions.

In addition, the program addresses the critical legal dimensions of cybersecurity within wireless systems, adopting a vertical approach to examine the intricate web of regulations, policies, and compliance frameworks governing this space. By navigating the legal landscape surrounding wireless cybersecurity, students will gain insights into the regulatory frameworks shaping industry practices and policy initiatives.

Overall, the overarching goal of the training school is to empower scholars to spearhead innovative research, develop practical solutions, and drive meaningful change at the nexus of cybersecurity, human behavior, and evolving communication technologies. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, scholarly inquiry, and real-world application, the trainees will be poised to make enduring contributions to the advancement of cybersecurity practices in wireless environments, safeguarding digital ecosystems and promoting digital trust and resilience in an interconnected world.

There are several main specific objectives of BEiNG-WISE COST Action and the Training School:

  • Promote Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among participants from diverse backgrounds, including doctoral students, researchers, policymakers, and industry professionals. By fostering collaboration, the training program aims to facilitate knowledge exchange, foster innovative thinking, and inspire cross-sector partnerships.
  • Develop Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills: Enhance participants’ analytical and critical thinking skills by engaging them in discussions, case studies, and interactive sessions. The program aims to empower participants to evaluate the social, economic, ethical, and policy dimensions of Cybersecurity and develop informed perspectives.
  • Equip Participants with Practical Knowledge and Tools: Provide participants with practical knowledge and tools that enable them to navigate the complex  landscape of Cyber Security in wireless networks. This includes understanding policy frameworks, leveraging emerging technologies, and developing skills and capabilities relevant to the digital era.
  • Facilitate Networking and Collaboration Opportunities: Create a conducive environment for networking and collaboration among participants, guest speakers, and experts in the field. The program intends to foster connections leading to future research collaborations, joint projects, and professional development opportunities in the digitalization domain.
  • By achieving these goals, the training school aspires to empower participants to become well-rounded scholars and practitioners who can contribute to advancing policies, technologies, and challenges for Cyber Security in wireless networks.

Call for Trainees

The BEiNG-WISE Training School is a multidisciplinary event open to professionals, researchers, and Ph.D. students with a professional interest in the topic. Any interested applicant must complete the Application Form.

Criteria for selected trainees

Applicants shall be engaged in an official research program as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organization, or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with the topics of the COST Action. Also undergraduate and graduate students will be taken into consideration.

Trainees eligible for reimbursement are from COST Full Member Countries (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, The Republic of North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Kingdom), COST Near Neighbor Countries (NNC) or Approved European RTD Organizations.

The selected international applicants (trainees) will benefit from a Trainee Grant to participate in the activities of the Training School from the 26th to the 27th of June 2024. This grant is expected to cover the long-distance travel expenses (by train, ferry, bus, plane, or car). Furthermore, the international trainees will receive a daily allowance, which is expected to cover the accommodation in Skopje, meals and local transportation. Each application will be individually evaluated along with the total grant awarded for the 2 days.

The selected applicants (trainees) from North Macedonia will benefit from a Trainee Grant to participate in the activities of the Training School based on the distance to and from Skopje and the accommodation needs. This grant will be individually discussed and agreed.

Selected trainees shall create an e-COST profile at https://e-services.cost.eu  including bank details prior to accepting their e-COST invitation. They shall submit via e-COST a completed online travel reimbursement request within 30 calendar days after the end date of the approved activity.

Trainers

  • To be confirmed.

Training topics

We are excited that you are part of this program and at the opportunities it will provide to you!

The training will revolve around the following topics:

  • Cybersecurity in emerging wireless communications
  • A cybercrime perspective in wireless networks
  • Optimal Security approaches and their impact on the user
  • Human factors in wireless security
  • Legal Factors in Cybersecurity Wireless Systems: a vertical approach.

Discussion 

In an era defined by rapid technological advancement and digital connectivity, the training school is dedicated to exploring the intricate interplay between cybersecurity and human behavior within the evolving landscape of communication technologies. The aim is to provide a training school for cybersecurity professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills, and ethical principles necessary to safeguard digital ecosystems, and to drive transformative research that advances the understanding of cybersecurity in the context of human behavior and evolving communication technologies. The training school will have a multi pronged approach, which blends cutting-edge research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and real-world application. The curriculum is crafted to address the complex challenges posed by cybersecurity in the digital age, with a keen focus on the human element. Through a combination of theoretical study, practical training, and experiential learning, the trainees will be empowered to navigate the complexities of cybersecurity with insight, innovation, and resilience.

The training school encompasses a diverse array of focus areas, each essential to understanding the multifaceted nature of cybersecurity within the context of evolved communication technologies. From cybercrime perspectives in wireless networks to the legal factors shaping cybersecurity regulations, the curriculum spans a broad spectrum of topics designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities inherent in cybersecurity today. 

Central to the training school’s success are the trainers  – an exceptional group of scholars, researchers, and industry professionals who bring unparalleled expertise and experience to the classroom. Committed to excellence in teaching and research, the trainers will serve as mentors, guides, and collaborators, nurturing the intellectual growth and professional development of the trainees.

The school will foster a culture of innovation and inquiry, where trainees have the opportunity to explore cutting-edge research topics, collaborate with peers and faculty, and make meaningful contributions to the advancement of cybersecurity knowledge. From empirical studies on human factors in wireless security to theoretical investigations of optimal security approaches, the school will discuss a range of topics.

The training school is more than just an educational session – it should be a vibrant community of scholars, practitioners, and thought leaders united by a shared commitment to excellence in cybersecurity. Through collaboration, mentorship, and networking opportunities, the school will foster a sense of camaraderie and mutual support that enriches the educational experience and extends beyond the classroom.

Key dates

  •  Applications opened: 1st April 2024
  •  Applications submission deadline: 1st of May 2024
  •  Confirmation to the selected trainees: 15th of May 2024
  •  Deadline for e-Cost registration and confirmation: 31 May 2024
  • ¬†Training School days: 26-27 June 2024