ETACS 2023

Workshop on Education, Training and Awareness in Cybersecurity (ETACS 2023)

to be held in conjunction with the 18 th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
(ARES 2023 – )

August 29, 2023, Benevento, Italy

The current lack of cybersecurity experts on the world job market is a significant problem that can be solved only by coordinated and focused development of higher education and professional training programs. All topics related to cybersecurity education, training and awareness will be considered for the Workshop on Education, Training and Awareness in Cybersecurity (ETACS). ETACS seeks for novel submissions from academia, government as well as industry contributing to cybersecurity education, training and awareness. The focus is on practical research into higher-education cybersecurity curricula, professional training, building of cyber ranges and their coalitions across Europe, methods to assess and raise awareness in cybersecurity, the implementation of systems, and lessons learned. Furthermore, the EU-wide agreement on the identification of skills necessary for cybersecurity work roles is one of the main interests of the workshop. The event aims at putting together people form universities, professional training institutions, industry, government and EU agencies to discuss current problems and solutions for cybersecurity education and training.

General Chair

Jan Hajny (SPARTA, Brno University of Technology, CZ)


Pavel Loutocky (Masaryk University, CZ)
Giuseppe Bianchi (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni, IT)
Rocco De Nicola (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, IT)
Sara Ricci (Brno University of Technology, CZ)

Program Committee 2023

Pedro Adao, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Rémi Badonnel, University of Lorraine, France
Yianna Danidou, European University Cyprus, Cyprus
Letterio Galletta, IMT Lucca, Italy
Imre Lendak, University of Novi Sad, RS & Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
Olivier Levillain, Télécom SudParis, France
Marc Ohm, University of Bonn, Germany
Edmundas Piesarskas, Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research & Education, Lithuania
Sergej Proskurin, Technische Universität München, Germany
Tanja Zseby, Vienna University of Technology, Austria


ETACS Ia – Invited Talk – 09:00 – 9:30
Fabio Di Franco (ENISA, EU)
European Cybersecurity Skills Framework

ETACS Ib – Cybersecurity Education, Training and Awareness – 09:30 – 10:30
Victor Goeman, Dairo de Ruck, Ilse Bohé, Jorn Lapon and Vincent Naessens
IoT Security Seminar: Raising Awareness and Sharing Critical Knowledge

Gabriele Costa, Silvia De Francisci, Serenella Valiani and Paolo Prinetto
Why Mary Can Hack: Effectively Introducing High School Girls to Cybersecurity

Yianna Danidou, Sara Ricci, Antonio Skarmeta, Jiri Hosek, Stefano Zanero and Imre Lendak
DJM-CYBER: A Joint Master in Advanced Cybersecurity

Laura Gamisch and Daniela Pöhn
A Study of Different Awareness Campaigns in a Company

ETACS IIa Invited Talk – 11:00 – 11:30
Kendra Walther (University of Southern California, USA)
Cybersecurity Education for All

ETACS IIb – Cybersecurity Skills Frameworks and Tools – 11:30 – 12:30
Jan Hajny and Marek Sikora
Curricula Designer with Enhanced ECSF Analysis

Willi Lazarov, Tomas Stodulka, Tiina Schafeitel-Tähtinen, Marko Helenius and Zdenek Martinasek
Interactive Environment for Effective Cybersecurity Teaching and Learning

Marko Zivanovic, Imre Lendak and Ranko Popovic
Dynamic Cybersecurity Curriculum Optimization Method (DyCSCOM)

ETACS IIIa – Cybersecurity Skills Frameworks and Tools – 13:30 – 14:30
František Kasl, Pavel Loutocký and Jakub Vostoupal
The Curation Mechanism for the Czech National Qualifications Framework in Cybersecurity

Lukas Hafner, Florian Wutz, Daniela Pöhn and Wolfgang Hommel
TASEP: A Collaborative Social Engineering Tabletop Role-Playing Game to Prevent Successful Social Engineering Attacks

Alan Briones Delgado, Sara Ricci, Argyro Chatzopoulou, Jakub Čegan, Petr Dzurenda and Ioannis Koutoudis
Enhancing Cybersecurity Education in Europe: The REWIRE’s Course Selection Methodology

Logo CHESS ETACS IIIb – CHESS Project Presentation, Discussion – 14:30 – 15:00
Jan Hajny – CHESS, Brno University of Technology
Raimundas Matulevicius – CHESS, University of Tartu
Jan Willemson – CHESS, Cybernetica

Fabio di Franco

© Fabio di Franco

Fabio Di Franco

European Cybersecurity Skills Framework
The European Cybersecurity Skills Framework (ECSF) is tool for a common understanding of the cybersecurity professional role profiles in Europe and common mapping with the appropriate skills and competences required. It is an integral part of the Cybersecurity Skills Academy, which was recently announced by the European Commission, in order to define and assess skills, monitor the evolution of skill gaps and provide indications of emerging needs.

Dr. Fabio Di Franco is leading the activities in ENISA on cyber skills development for highly skilled people. He is the chair of the working group who developed and maintain the European Cybersecurity Skills Framework (ECSF). He is also responsible for developing and delivering trainings to EU member states and EU institutions on information security management and IT security.

Kendra Walther

© Kendra Walther

Kendra Walther
University of Southern California, USA

Cybersecurity Education for All
In modern society, surrounded by technology and applications of data analytics, all students need to be digitally fluent. Furthermore, as the pace of technological adoption into foundational aspects of our lives increases, digital fluency and cybersecurity are increasingly co-dependent.  Cybersecurity education for all means that learners need to develop cybersecurity awareness to protect themselves, their academic institutions, their employers, and in turn society at large. Additionally, because learners will need to continuously adapt to new threats or risks, both digital fluency and cybersecurity education require developing an attitude and disposition for lifelong learning and problem solving. As educators, we must collaborate to demand and lead the adoption of these initiatives.

Kendra Walther serves as Associate Director for Faculty Affairs and an Associate Professor in the Information Technology Program. Kendra has her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College, and a master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently pursuing an EdD in Educational Leadership from Rossier @ USC. She has worked for the Aerospace Corporation and taught Computer Science at Cal State LA, St. Albans School, and Milwaukee School of Engineering. Kendra is passionate about teaching and is constantly trying to find more ways to help her students understand the principles of programming.

The workshop is supported by the European Union’s Erasmus+ project #621701-EPP-1-2020-1-LT-EPPKA2-SSA-B REWIRE, Horizon Europe project #101087529 CHESS and the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic under grant VJ03030003 under program IMPAKT 1.

Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Research Executive Agency. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.