GRENA cyber-security activities go from strength to strength: innovation award and Olympiad
The Cyber-Lab Tech portal that was created with support from the EaPConnect project has won the 2019 Georgian IT Innovation Award. The portal was nominated in the category ‘Best Information / Cyber Security Solution’ and the prize was awarded to the Georgian Research and Educational Networking Association, GRENA, and the national Computer Emergency Response Team CERT.GOV.GE.
Executive Director of GRENA Ramaz Kvatadze gave a presentation about the ‘European Union EaPConnect project’, and a presentation about the Cyber-Lab Tech portal was delivered, at the conference where the awards were announced. The Georgian Cyber Security and IT Innovation Conference (GITI) is organised annually by the ICT Business Council and Data Exchange Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia. The event unites professionals from both public and private sectors. GITI 2019 was attended by 700 participants from 10 countries.
Supporting government and citizens
Opening the GITI conference, the Minister of Justice of Georgia, Tea Tsulukiani, said: “New technologies play an extremely important role in the daily operations of governments and citizens. It would have been impossible to offer the services that make it easier for citizens to obtain various electronic services without advancements in the field of IT technology.”
The 11th Georgian Cyber Security and IT Innovation Conference & the Georgian IT Innovation Award 2019 took place at the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace on 4-5 June. Twenty projects from the public and private sectors were nominated for the awards. The winning CyberLab Tech portal (https://cyber-lab.tech/) has been used by around 250 people since its launch towards the end of 2018.
Supporting talent and expertise
GRENA has a strong track record in supporting cyber-security activities in Georgia. Once again it worked with CERT.GOV.GE and the Data Exchange Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia to organise the National Cyber Olympiad, “Cyber Cube 2019”. GRENA was responsible for the development of several cyber-exercises, and for the installation and reliable operation of the necessary network and online platform infrastructure for the event.
The main goal of the Olympiad is to promote and support the development of cyber-security in Georgia along with identifying and discovering talented youth. This year, 120 students under the age of 25, from universities and schools, represented 42 teams. Their selection was based on their knowledge and experience in programming, networking and web technologies.
The event was opened by the Deputy Minister of Justice of Georgia, Alexander Tabatadze: “In order to achieve cyber-security in public and private sectors it is crucial to have professionals in this field. The Cyber Cube Olympiad enables young talents to participate and examine their practical knowledge in cyber-security while solving various exercises.”
The Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel Tbilisi hosted the 4th National Cyber Olympiad, Cyber Cube 2019, on 31 May.
For some historical background to GRENA’s cybersecurity activities, see page 56 of edition 32 of ‘CONNECT’ (pdf) magazine produced by GÉANT.
See past news about GRENA’s cybersecurity activities: “GRENA cybersecurity team takes first place in CYBER-EXE Georgia 2018” and “GRENA launches cyber exercises portal www.cyber-lab.tech”