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Serbia’s cyber security education, training and workforce development strategy

A Collaborative Approach

January 2021, Number 10.04

“The Serbian government’s significant digitalization efforts have resulted in increased efficiency and more transparency in its public services but have also exposed the country to cyber attacks. Addressing this problem inadequately could degrade the public’s well-being by destroying economic gains and disrupting the services crucial to everyday operations, such as electricity production and delivery.

Since formal education in the field of cyber security is still emerging — with a few master’s programs currently available — the government identified this gap and appointed the Serbian National Computer Emergency Response Team (SRB-CERT) as the authority to develop nonformal education for critical infrastructure operators. SRB-CERT has some experience in providing education; one of its members helped design a cyber security course and is now an information-technology industry lecturer for the course at Master 4.0 Advance Information Technology Applications in Digital Transformations, a program provided by a consortium of faculties...”

Excerpt from Jelica Vujadinović and Marko Krstić, “A Collaborative Approach,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  10, No. 4, 2021: 40-43.

Jelica Vujadinović is security advisor in the Serbian National Computer Emergency Response Team. She focuses on handling cyber security incidents on the national level, analyzing vulnerabilities and risks in order to raise public awareness, and on training relevant cyber security stakeholders. She has participated in creating Serbia’s cyber security policies.

Dr. Marko Krstić is senior security advisor in the Serbian National Computer Emergency Response Team. He specializes in machine learning solutions for cyber security. He is involved in several international projects on digital forensics evidence analysis via intelligent systems and practices; on transnational collaboration on bullying, migration and integration at schools; and the Next Generation Internet Trust initiative Project Casper.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.