Vlerësimi i nivelit të ndërgjegjësimit për sigurinë e informacionit, mbrojtjen e të dhënave dhe sigurinë kibernetike në ShqipëriSeptember 8, 2023
Closing Ceremony Youth and Digital SkillsSeptember 18, 2023
In a time when the digital world is expanding at an unprecedented pace, the imperative for robust cyber security and personal data protection has never been more critical. The Albania Sustainable Development Organization (ASDO), recognizing the urgency of this issue, recently concluded a significant collaborative effort aimed at fortifying its defenses against evolving cyber threats. The closing event of this initiative, took place on September 11, 2023, in Tirana, Albania.
The project, spearheaded by ASDO in collaboration with the Information and Data Protection Commissioner Office (I.D.P.O), the Faculty of Natural Science (F.N.S) at the University of Tirana, received vital support from the Swiss Embassy in Albania. The initiative sought to raise awareness about cyber security and data protection within the Albanian community while also enhancing the capabilities of relevant authorities in this field.
In the closing event the INSO platform was introduced, an innovative awareness platform designed to disseminate knowledge about cyber security and data protection in Albania. Dr. Elda Xhumari, also from the Faculty of Natural Science, elaborated on the platform’s features and objectives, emphasizing its role in educating the public and fostering a cyber-safe environment.
Additionally, there was a presentation of the results of an extensive study titled “Assessment on the Level of Awareness on Information Security, Data Protection, and Cyber Security in Albania.” This comprehensive study collected data from various sources, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), educational institutions, public organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It aimed to provide an accurate picture of the current state of cyber security awareness and data protection practices in the country.
Prof. Asoc. Dr. Alda Kika from the Faculty of Natural Science presented the key findings of the study, shedding light on the strengths and weaknesses of Albania’s cyber security landscape. The insights gained from this research will serve as a foundation for future strategies and policies to strengthen the nation’s cyber resilience.
The event was attended by a diverse group of stakeholders, including policy-makers from the Information and Data Protection Commissioner, national experts specializing in data protection, representatives from the Swiss Embassy in Albania, faculty members from the Department of Informatics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana, as well as representatives from the State Police. This assembly of experts and practitioners from various sectors created a dynamic environment for fruitful discussions, knowledge exchange, and the potential for collaborative initiatives to strengthen cyber security and data protection in Albania.
In her opening remarks, Ada Ilia, Founder of ASDO expressed gratitude to all partners, stakeholders, and contributors for their unwavering support throughout the project. Mr. Besnik Dervishaj, Information and Data Protection Commissioner, underscored the significance of data protection in today’s interconnected world. Prof. Dr. Endri Xhina, representing the Faculty of Natural Sciences, highlighted the importance of academic institutions in advancing cyber security knowledge. The representative from the Swiss Embassy, and Program Manager Ms. Erisa Lame, reiterated Switzerland’s commitment to supporting Albania in its cyber security endeavors.
As the world grapples with the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats, Albania’s proactive approach and collaborative efforts in the realm of cyber security and data protection serve as a testament to its commitment to safeguarding its digital future. With initiatives like INSO platform and the knowledge gained from the comprehensive study, Albania is well-positioned to meet the challenges of the digital age head-on.
This article reflects the opinions expressed during the closing event and does not necessarily represent the views of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).