During the period of November 20-21, 2023, at RACVIAC - Center for Security Cooperation, the workshop titled "Challenges and Requirements for Effective Cyber Security in SEE," marked the initiation of the project "Strengthening the Resilience of SEE in Cyber Security Against Hybrid Threats." This workshop was organized collaboratively by the Military Academy "General Mihailo Apostolski" and RACVIAC - the Center for Security Cooperation, drawing participation from 6 distinguished lecturers and 20 attendees representing countries in Southeast Europe. Notably, the Republic of North Macedonia was represented by , prof. Dr. Sc. Mitko Bogdanoski, associate prof. Dr. Sc Metodi Hadji-Janev and associate prof. Dr. Sc Dimitar Bogatinov, who led various panels.
Prof. Dr. Sc. Mitko Bogdanoski, the Dean of the Military Academy in Skopje, inaugurated the workshop, emphasizing the critical importance of combating pervasive cyber threats in Southeast Europe (SEE). The event underscored the collaborative partnership between the General Mihailo Apostolski Military Academy and RACVIAC, reflecting a shared dedication to addressing the evolving cyber challenges in SEE.
prof. Dr. Sc Mitko Bogdanoski reiterated the necessity for collective engagement, exchanging insights, and sharing practical experiences to fortify regional resistance against hybrid threats through cyberspace.
The workshop provided a forum for discussions on pivotal topics such as the convergence of cyber security, resilient defence mechanisms against cyber threats, strategic preparedness for hybrid threats, and the pivotal role of legal frameworks in countering cyber threats.
Rear Admiral Predrag Stipanović, Deputy Director of RACVIAC, highlighted the indispensable role of cooperation between nations in dealing with cyber threats, asserting, "It is impossible for a nation to protect itself from cyber attacks without close cooperation with its neighbors and a more comprehensive form of cooperation at the global level."
The workshop included small group discussions among participants from various countries, focusing on regional experiences and initiatives in the fight against hybrid threats through cyberspace. The workshop witnessed significant engagement, with substantial contributions from both lecturers and participants.
The workshop concluded with gratitude from the Dean of the Military Academy and the Deputy Director of RACVIAC, thanking all participants for their dedication and calling for sustained cooperation to advance cyber security measures for a secure digital future in the SEE region.