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Class of 2022

From the 21st until the 26th of August, 2022, the International Cyber Security Summer School took place in person again! After the Summer School of 2020 was cancelled due to Covid, and the 2021 edition took place online, the organization was very happy to announce that the 2022 edition could be attended physically again. 63 motivated master-students, PhD-students and young professionals successfully completed the program. They followed multidisciplinary lectures from public, private, and knowledge institutions and participated in challenges provided by i.a. Leiden University, SecuredNow, Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, NATO CI Agency, and DNB. This allowed the students to gain a unique understanding on and insight into the field of cybersecurity from various angles.

A unique perspective on Cybersecurity

Given the digitalization of our society, cyber security is rising on the political agenda, as the consequences of attacks, incidents and security breaches are increasing. The International Cyber Security Summer School allows students and young professionals to gain deeper knowledge and understanding of cyber security concepts, as they will learn about the latest developments and the cutting-edge cyber security technologies that exist today, from organizations that deal with them daily. Organizations as Europol, Deloitte, DNB or NATO CI Agency will show their exceptional approach on working in cybersecurity. Participants have the opportunity to make unique connections with the participating organizations, speakers, and fellow students.

Challenges and lectures

Throughout the week, students were brought into contact with cybersecurity experts in the field through a series of lectures and challenges. Leiden University taught students about causing injustice trough cybersecurity; NATO’s CI Agency dove deeper into how machine learning can mitigate IoT (Internet of Things) risks; Accenture had students work on cloud-security in a healthcare case; Europol’s EC3 Agency briefed students on the ins and outs of Cybercrime and cryptocurrency; SignPost Six dove into the more technical side of cyber risks and explained the students everything about Cyber Risk Quantification; and Deloitte explained not only what common application vulnerabilities are, but also showed how to exploit them. This is just a handful of examples of themes addressed throughout the week, further lectures and challenges were provided by the deputy of the NCTV Hester Somsen, public speaker Peter Zinn, Paul Pols from Secura, Pauline Dame from Darktrace, Pepijn Vissers from Chapter8, Prof. Dr. Bibi van den Berg from Leiden University, Callie Churchwell from EclecticIQ, Raymond Bierens and Nicolas Castellon from Connect2Trust, and Joris den Bruinen, general director of Security Delta. These lectures and challenges combined provided a varied, engaging, and interesting program.

The Social Summer School

What characterized this week the most was the social aspect of it all. Students really appreciated the more informal moments as the BBQs at the beach, the campus lunches, and the networking drinks on the rooftop terrace. In those moments, the students could exchange the most information based on their own background, and really learn from each other. This is something that we as an organization also find extremely important and will certainly continue to encourage next year.


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Contact our ambassadors

Want to know more about ICSSS from a student's perspective?

If you are interested in the Summer School and you would like to know more, feel free to contact one of our student ambassadors! Valentina, Nicolien, Felix and Stefano all successfully completed the 2022 Summer School and are ready to answer any questions you may have. Send them an email or a message on Linkedin and they will be happy to tell you more about the ICSSS.

Stefano Milani

Ambassador 2022

Felix Bohnacker

Ambassador 2022

Valentina Luna Colella

Ambassador 2022

Nicolien Boekhoudt

Ambassador 2022