SPARTA organized Summer School on the relationship between cybersecurity and privacy

12th Jul 2021

SPARTA and CyberSec4Europe are involved in the organisation of the 16th Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management, which will take place in August 2021. This Summer School is a joint effort together with IFIP, the International Federation for Information Processing and its working groups on Social Accountability and Cybersecurity. 

The topic of the Summer School is “It’s complicated: Exploring the complex relationship between cybersecurity, privacy, and other liberties”. These relations are manifest at both regulatory and practical levels: with digital media and information technology as everyday commodities, an increasing number of attacks on IT security are based on privacy breaches and privacy breaches are facilitated by security attacks. Examples include CEO fraud, spear fishing, and leakage of consumer information like credit card details. Although there is a general consensus that security, privacy, and data protection are interrelated, the complexity of their relations has not yet been fully explored. 

Key questions include: What are the intersections, i.e., conflicts, overlaps or compliance challenges, between the different regulatory frameworks (e.g., GDPR, NIS Directive, PSD2, and forthcoming ePrivacy Regulation) affecting these fields? How do they relate to technologies that protect ICT and its users (e.g., cryptography that can provide confidentiality and anonymity)? How can privacy and security be co-engineered, satisfying all by-design paradigms? What side-effects occur during such co-design? What are the possible societal consequences regarding citizen (dis)empowerment, surveillance, and human rights? A special focus of this school is placed on how to train and educate staff at all levels in industries dependent on ICT, e.g., cyber ranges and other training methods, as well as how to train the trainers (including the role of Data Protection Officers) in these efforts.

The Summer School will bring together junior and senior researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines to discuss such issues holistically.

In addition to financial and organisational support, SPARTA will contribute to the programme with a keynote lecture by Jakub Čegan from Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He will present the KYPO Cyber Range platform and the collaboration between SPARTA and Concordia in the use of this platform. From Cybersec4Europe Sebastian Pape (University Frankfurt) will give a lecture on serious games as a more pleasant and effective way to raise employees’ awareness for cybersecurity.


Contact person:

Michael Friedewald (SPARTA)

Stephan Krenn (Cybersec4Europe)