The CyberHOT Summer School is organized by Security Research Lab (SLC), Focal Point (FP), Technical University of Crete (TUC), and Trustilio under the auspices of the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC). The CyberHOT training program, based on NATO Red Teaming knowledge and expertise, enables the participants to implement various red-teaming methodologies and tools. Utilizing the dedicated labs by HacktheBox, a wide range of penetration testing scenarios showcased. An introductory session covered popular red-teaming/penetration testing tools, along with basic steps followed in penetration testing methodologies. Having introduced a general methodology to penetration testing along with the tools to apply it, the participants were introduced to the Dedicated labs of the Hack the Box platform where each participant boot their own instances of attacker and target machines and pawn them along with the lecturers. The aim of the summer school is to raise the skills of the workforce to meet current and future cyber incidents and challenges. Several elements that are related to the SENTINEL activities include: tools and practices for penetration testing and vulnerabilities assessment, cyber-ranges and security/privacy training, as well as means to mitigate risks and securely configure a system.
Colleagues from the SENTINEL partner, TUC/TSI, have attended the event as trainees, while technical training was provided by experts from FP, SENTINEL partner. There was also a poster presentation session with a joint dissemination event with the EU-funded projects SENTINEL, SecOPERA, CyberSecPro, and CYRENE. Intelliot, Phoeni2x, Enerman, JCOP, Rewire, and EdgeLess. SENTINEL flyers were also shared.
Around 30 persons attended the event and were contacted by the SENTINEL partners, including experts from small-medium enterprises (SMEs) and members of computer emergency response teams (CERTs) from several organizations. Fruitful discussions took place concerning the project's activities and overall objectives, and opportunities of further collaborations were examined (i.e., co-organizing workshops/conferences/special-issues, knowledge transfer events, clustering and/or evaluation of other projects’ results).