The camp, which serves as a qualification for the participation of young people in the European Cyber Security Competition in September, takes place in Portorož from 16 to 19 August 2022 under the auspices of the Government Information Security Office and is highlighted by the Digital Innovation Hub of Slovenia (DIH Slovenia) as one of the most prominent initiatives to raise the digital competences of young people. It is aimed at high school and university students aged between 14 and 25. The bootcamp gives them the opportunity to be selected to represent Slovenia at the European Cybersecurity Competition (#ECSC) from 13 to 16 September 2022 in Vienna.

"All of us working in cybersecurity pay special attention to young cyber-talents. We want to inspire them in a field where there is a severe shortage of staff and where there are promising job opportunities in the long term," said Gregor Spagnolo, a cybersecurity expert and leader of the #CyberTeamSI camp and team. Director of DIH Slovenia mag. Katja Mohar Bastar added that "activities of this kind are the key to raising the competences of young people on the one hand, and on the other hand, to providing the much-needed ICT staff that the Slovenian economy needs for digital transformation."

The selection of the competitors for the bootcamp started with the Slovenian #ECSC qualifications with the selection of the best individuals who will receive further training and compete for a place in the Slovenian #ECSC team. The organisers will present the following areas to the students:

- Cryptography (Crypto),

- Network,

- Organisational and Human Factors,

- Web security and attacks (Web),

- Mobile Application Analysis (Mobile),

- IoT (Internet of things) security,

- Privacy, Surveillance and Censorship,

- PKI in Practice,

- Reconnaissance and

- Forensics/ Malware analysis.

The camp will host a number of mentors and experts in specific fields who will share their knowledge and experience with the participants. Among them will be Luka Manojlovič, Milan Gabor, Nataša Klenovšek Arh, Gregor Lah, Dr Nastja Cepak, Primož Bratanič and Gregor Spagnolo.

On the last day of the bootcamp, the final competition will take place to select the 10 members who will represent Slovenia at the European competition in Vienna. In addition to the lectures, there will be other activities for the young people to get to know each other and to strengthen their cooperation, as teamwork is essential for the success of a team. For more details, visit

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