ETACS 2021

Workshop on Education, Training and Awareness in Cybersecurity (ETACS 2021)

to be held in conjunction with the 16 th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
(ARES 2021 – )

August 17 – August 20, 2021

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.

SPARTA is one of four pilot projects for the European Cyber Competence Network. With 44 partners, SPARTA brings together a unique set of actors at the intersection of scientific excellence, technological innovation, and societal sciences in cybersecurity. Strongly guided by concrete and risky challenges, it will setup unique collaboration means, leading the way in building transformative capabilities and forming world-leading expertise centres. Through innovative governance, ambitious demonstration cases, and active community engagement, SPARTA aims at re-thinking the way cybersecurity research is performed in Europe across domains and expertise, from foundations to applications, in academia and industry. The workshop is prepared in collaboration with all EU Cyber Competence Network pilots (CONCORDIA, CS4E, ECHO).

  • Acknowledgement:

The workshop is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 SPARTA project #830892 and the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic under grant VJ01030001 (International Partnership for Cybersecurity Skills Training).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

Description and application of cybersecurity skills frameworks
Comparison of existing skills frameworks, contributions to the EU Skills Framework
Description of curricula related to cybersecurity
Lessons learned from a training experience
Lessons learned from the use of a given technology
Publication of a tool related to cyber ranges
Gamification, capture the flag, red/blue teaming,
Piloting cybersecurity study programs and trainings
Feedback on awareness campaigns

Important Dates
Submission Deadline April 20, 2021
extended to May 4th, 2021
Author Notification May 31, 2021
Proceedings Version June 13, 2021
ARES EU Symposium August 17, 2021
All-Digital Conference August 17 – August 20, 2021
PROGRAM CHAIR / Workshop Chair

General Chair:

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


  • Tanja Zseby (TU Wien, AT)
  • Giuseppe Bianchi (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni, IT)
  • Rashel Talukder (Polish Platform for Homeland Security, PL)
  • Rocco De Nicola (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, IT)
  • Sara Ricci (Brno University of Technology, CZ)
Program Committee 2021

Olivier Levillain (Télécom SudParis, FR)
Marc Ohm (University of Bonn, DE)
Pavel Loutocky (Masaryk University, CZ)
Gilles Montagnon (SAP, DE)
Tomas Lieskovan (Brno University of Technology, CZ)
Pedro Adao (University of Lisbon, PT)
Letterio Galletta (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, IT)
Steven Ormston (Polish Platform for Homeland Security, PL)
Sergej Proskurin (Technische Universität München, DE)
Edmundas Piesarskas (Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research & Education, LT)
Jakub Čegan (Masaryk University, CZ)

Submission Guidelines

The submission guidelines valid for the workshop are the same as for the ARES conference. They can be found at .

Find the detailed program here:


Cyber education and skills at EU level

Fabio Di Franco, ENISA (European Union Agency for Cybersecurity)

Abstract: Fabio will provide a holistic view on the nature and characteristics of the skills gap in Europe and the results of the joint effort done with other EU players (eg. the pilots of the EU Competence Network). He will provide insights from the cyber education database:  How many students graduate each year in cybersecurity as well as gender balance and skills acquired. He will also report on a new EU Skills Framework which aims to close the cybersecurity skills’ gap on the European labour market, building comprehensive bridges between European workplace context and learning environment through an EU skills framework.

Fabio Di Franco is currently leading the activities in ENISA on cyber skills and cyber education. He is also responsible for developing and delivering trainings to EU member states and EU institutions on information security management and IT security.  He also adve the European Union and the Member States on research needs in cybersecurity with a view to enabling effective responses to the current and emerging threats. Fabio has a PhD in telecommunication engineering and  is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).


Competencies and the Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity

Daniell e Santos (NIST, USA)

Abstract: The Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework) enables organizations to develop their workforces to perform cybersecurity work and it helps learners to explore cybersecurity work and to engage in appropriate learning activities to develop their knowledge and skills. Competencies have been newly introduced to the NICE Framework as a mechanism for organizations to assess talent. This session will provide an overview of the NICE Framework, what’s new, and future plans for updates.

Danielle Santos is a co-author of the NICE Framework (NIST Special Publication 800-181r1) and the Lead for International Engagement for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at NIST. She is also the Manager of Communications and Operations for NICE. Prior to her role at NIST, Danielle served as the Program Manager for cybersecurity formal education programs including National Centers of Academic Excellence and the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) at the Cybersecurity and Communications division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.