EU External Cyber Capacity Building Course

On 19-21 March, the seventh EU CyberNet conducted training on EU External Cyber Capacity Building for the personnel of EU Delegations in four big regions will take place in Istanbul, Turkey.

The 3-day training is addressed to programme managers and officials in EU Delegations and headquarters as well as Member States’ diplomats who are not cyber specialists, but who are currently, or may in the future be, involved in the programming, identification, formulation, and implementation of international cooperation actions with a cyber-specific or cyber-relevant focus.

The main goal of the training is to help EU Delegations and partners working in the region to understand key concepts of cyber policies and be able to prepare and run cyber-related capacity building actions. That is, to formulate, design, deliver or support cyber capacity building interventions in the cyber resilience, fight against cybercrime, and cyber diplomacy, based on tested methods, tools and approaches. The course will consider what kinds of cyber engagement may be suitable in relevant regions and how existing programming may contribute to addressing this challenge.

The training is developed in modules that cover the concepts and methodology elaborated in the Operational Guidance for the EU’s international cooperation on cyber capacity building (2nd edition, 2023) as well as the latest policy developments whose awareness is necessary designing, delivering or supporting CCB actions. It is a classroom training and will be delivered in English.


The overall objective of the course is to convene a region-specific training workshop that will increase the EU practitioners’ understanding of cyber concepts and provide them with methods, tools and approaches to design and implement CCB programming. It addresses the call in the 2020 EU Cybersecurity Strategy that “the EU should develop a training programme dedicated to EU staff in charge of the implementation of EU digital and cyber external capacity building efforts”. In completing the three-day practitioners’ course, the participants shall:
· Become familiar with relevant ‘cyber’ terminology and get a consolidated overview of key aspects of cyber policy.
· Have an improved understanding of what objectives CCB can and should pursue in line with EU policies and priorities and be able to identify key goals for an intervention.
· Be better equipped to develop and manage context-specific project interventions for CCB in partner countries – drawing from development best practices and lessons learnt and using the available practical resources and tools.
· Be able to identify opportunities for identifying the cyber-specific issues in actions of different objectives where the integration of a ‘cyber dimension’ can be reinforcing the overall action.
Please note that this training is not meant to provide a detailed overview of all EU policies in the cyber and digital domains, nor is it meant to provide technical knowledge of cybersecurity.


Day 1
Session 1 | Cybersecurity Essentials
Session 2 | International Context for Cyber Capacity Building
Session 3 | Cybersecurity in Adjacent Policy Areas
Session 4 | Cyber Capacity Building Framework & Design
Putting in Practice 1: Introduction to the Exercise

Day 2
Session 5 | National Cybersecurity Strategic Framework
Session 6 | Cyber Crisis Prevention and Management
Session 7 | Criminal Justice in Cyberspace
Putting in Practice 2: Exercise

Day 3
Session 8 | Cybersecurity Education and Culture
Session 9 | Cyber Diplomacy
Presentation: EU CyberNet in the EU’s International Cooperation Ecosystem
Putting in Practice 3: Exercise
Session 10 | Group Reporting & Key Take-Aways