Effective training in cybersecurity in the new era of staff remotisation: Practical solutions, tools & opportunities

The need for effective cybersecurity training is more pressing than ever. With COVID-19 restrictions bringing about the increasing shift to home working, companies are now offering many more vulnerable points to malicious hackers. According to the IBM Data Breach Report, the average cost of a data breach in 2020 was 3.86 million dollars and the average time to identify and contain it was 280 days. The shift to remote work has created a more complex security landscape that will require significant focus and resources moving forward. Training is crucial to help organisations and teams to become cyber-aware with regards to best practices including password strength, phishing emails (which have exploded in number since the start of the pandemic) and other types of cyber-attacks. 

What’s in it for me? 

  • I know I have a problem with competencies in cybersecurity! What are my options? 
  • I depend on ICT for my business: How do I train my staff in cybersecurity if I have a limited budget? 
  • Staff working from remote will increase cyber risks: How do we step up our cybersecurity skills? 

This workshop is specifically for all those who are pondering these questions! 

Organisation and key takeaways 

The first part of the event will gather experts from all across Europe setting the scene on the state of the art in cybersecurity training, presenting existing solutions and opportunities to increase capacity building, evaluating best practices based on the emerging needs of SMEs and other organisations. Two panel discussions will be looking at how Europe is tackling the cybersecurity-skills gap based on the progress of the future European Cybersecurity Competence Network as well as practical tools and services to address it quickly and comprehensively. 

In the pratical training sessions on platform, you will have the opportunity to participate in a more detailed demonstration of the training platform and get in direct contact with a Tutor that will be interacting with you, in order to create a specific training path customised on the needs of your organisation. We will define together the technical characteristics of your training path and you will be able to start using the platform right away and free of charge!   

Is there a cost to participate? 

No. The event is free of charge and is part of the dissemination programme, sponsored by the European Commission. 


Part I - Choosing the right training in cybersecurity: Challenges and viable options

Time Session Speaker
09:00 - 10:00 Welcome to our networking space - grab a cup and enjoy our virtual lounge, waiting for the event to start.  Any questions? - please ask the organisers present at the front desk  Katrina Sichel, Moderator  
10:00 - 10:05 Opening of the event  Silvana Muscella, CEO - Trust-IT Services
10:05 - 10:10 Opening statement from the European Commission  Pavlos FournogerakisDG CONNECT
10:10 - 10:20 Keynote 1: Cybersecurity - Global challenges and training options  Steve DurbinCEO - Information Security Forum (ISF)
10:20 - 10:45 Roundtable 1: Capacity building in cybersecurity: solutions - with ECSO and the 4 Pilots of the future European Cybersecurity Competence Network  Nina OlesenSenior Policy Manager - European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) ; Jakub CeganCONCORDIA ; Jan HanjySPARTA ; David GoodmanCybersec4Europe ; Matteo MerialdoECHO
10:45 - 11:00 Keynote 2: ‘online training’ for your staff - pros and cons, best practices and innovations  John DaviesDirector - Pervade SoftwareManager - South Wales Cyber Security Cluster 
11:00 - 11:15 Keynote 3: ‘F2F training’ for your staff (at your or your trainer’s premises) - pros and cons, best practices and innovations  Fabio di FrancoICT security expert - ENISA
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee break (bring your own coffee & meet up in our networking area)   
11:30-12:30 Free training session on the platform   
12:30-13:15 Lunch break (bring your own lunch & meet up in our networking area  
13:15-13:45 Roundtable 2: Opportunities for SMEs in Europe to improve their cyber resilience John DaviesDirector - Pervade SoftwareManager - South Wales Cyber Security Cluster  ; Peter MeyerIT-Security expert -; Radu Rujan, R&D and Project Management Consultant, APM Cluj
13:45-13:55 Roundtable 3: How to get started. An Interactive Session for SME Newcomers to Cyber Training (part 1: Real-life experiences, e.g. testimonials from selected users, about 20-25 minutes). Part 2: Q&A with selected participants (20-25 mins). Total. 45 minutes  Hani BanayotiDirector - CyberSolace
13:55-14:10 Keynote 4: Future needs and trends in cybersecurity training  Charlie LewisCybersecurity Expert Associate Partner - McKinsey & Company
14:10 -14:30 Closing remarks & lessons learned   

Part II - Experience a state-of-the-art cybersecurity training session - Enrol your team to a free training path on

Time Session
14:30-14:45 Choosing the right learning path (for your staff) 
14:45 15:00 Success stories on and options available to SMEs, microenterprises and individuals  
15:00-15:30  Deep dive on the platform 
15:30-16:15  Choose your cybersecurity tutor and sign up to your free, tailor-made training course on The training you will choose for yourself will be redeemed by you and the staff you will want to involve from your company within the next 6 month
16:15-16:30 Closing remarks and post-event takeaways