NSO supports Montenegro’s Cyber Defence Training
NSO Course Director and NPS Liaison Officer
Under the auspices of the NATO Science for Peace Programme (SPS) the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) supports Montenegro’s cyber defence objective as defined in its NATO Accession Plan. From Mar - Dec 2017 the NSO, in collaboration with the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), conducted two cyber security courses in Montenegro’s capital Podgorica: the Network Security (M6-108) Course and the Network Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Mitigation (M6-109) Course.
The training audience of 30 students was comprised of professionals from various governmental organizations, whose daily tasks include network management and administration, as well as engineers, technicians, forensic investigators and penetration testers. Each course lasted ten weeks including both resident instruction and self-paced learning. During the first and last week of each course students had to attend lectures in Podgorica with eight weeks of distance learning in between. At the end of the Network Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Mitigation Course (M6-109) 21 students received an industry standard certification in ethical hacking from the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants. This coveted certification significantly improves national expertise and enhances national capacity to respond to cyber incidents and to the defence of national networks.
The students valued the lectures, remote laboratory environment and final projects and exams offered by the two courses. Students stated, they "[…] can use this knowledge and the presented real world examples to improve [their] regular work" and underlined that, "[…] it is nice to know so much about cyber security. […] The courses gave a great opportunity for intensive and broad learning."