[PRESENTATION PA CONF. SEPT. 2023] Establishing a Regional Education Cyber Security Center for the Western Balkans in Montenegro (Digital)

Dušan Polović, representing the Government of Montenegro in the Ministry of Public Administration, provides insights into the Western Balkans Cyber Capacity Center (WB3C), an initiative with the potential to be a transformative force in the region.

WB3C: A Vision for a Cyber-Resilient Future

The WB3C, a tripartite initiative, is set to establish itself with the legal status of an international organization. Its primary goal is clear—to bolster the cyber capacity of the Western Balkans (WB6 countries) in the domains of cybersecurity and the fight against cybercrime. It marks a significant milestone as the first center of its kind in the Western Balkans.

An Educational Hub for Cyber Resilience

The WB3C is more than just an organization; it is an educational hub dedicated to enhancing cyber security, raising cyber awareness, and advancing cyber diplomacy in the WB6 region. In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, this initiative is essential for building a strong defense against cyber threats.

Planned Activities and Milestones

The roadmap ahead includes several key milestones:

  1. Letter of Intent: The planned signification of the Letter of Intent with other WB6 countries is set to be completed by the end of 2023. This signifies a formal commitment to collaborative efforts in strengthening cyber capacity.
  2. Infrastructure Development: Ongoing construction works are a testament to the commitment to this initiative. By the end of 2023, the premises for WB3C are anticipated to be finished, marking a significant step in making this vision a reality.

The Pathway to Cyber Resilience

The establishment of the Western Balkans Cyber Capacity Center is an essential stride toward achieving a more cyber-resilient Western Balkans. By fostering cooperation, sharing knowledge, and enhancing cyber capabilities, this initiative is poised to serve as a cornerstone in the defense against cyber threats.

Dušan Polović’s insights into the WB3C remind us of the importance of regional collaboration in the face of an ever-evolving cyber landscape. This initiative has the potential to empower the Western Balkans with the knowledge and tools necessary to protect their digital future effectively.