On July 12, 2021, the summer school “Cyber Camp – 2021” was launched at the “Bilgah” Recreation Center of the State Security Service (SSS). The main purpose of the event, which will last until July 17 and involve well-known trainers, is to select pupils with fundamental knowledge and practical skills in programming, operating systems, social media platforms, robotics and instill in them cybersecurity skills from young ages.
First, the participants of the camp visited the Alley of Honors, paid tribute to the memory of the founder of modern Azerbaijan, National Leader Heydar Aliyev, and laid flowers at his grave.
The opening ceremony of the summer school “Cyber Camp – 2021” held in the assembly hall of the Recreation Center was attended by the head of the State Security Service, Colonel-General Ali Naghiyev, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan - Head of the Department of Economic Affairs and Innovative Development Policy of the Presidential Administration Shahmar Movsumov, Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies Rashad Nabiyev, Minister of Education Emin Amrullayev, Chairman of the State Agency for Public Services and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ulvi Mehdiyev, Director of the “E-GOV Development Center” Fariz Jafarov, members of the board and heads of departments of the SSS, participants of the youth camp aged 12-15 and their parents.
The event began with the commemoration of the memory of the heroic sons of the Motherland, who sacrificed their lives for the independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan, with a minute of silence, followed by the national anthem.
After the SSS officer in charge of the relevant field provided detailed information about the camp, welcoming the participants, the head of the SSS, Colonel-General Ali Naghiyev, stressed the importance of the event, noting that cybercrime is one of the main threats to the national security of countries, which in turn increases the demand for highly qualified personnel in the field of cyber security. The head of the service expressed confidence that the summer school “Cyber Camp – 2021” will increase the knowledge and skills of our youth in this field, which is under the special attention and care of the country's leadership, and will play an important role in their future development as cybersecurity specialists, and wished success to the participants.
Speaking about the reforms in the field of information technologies in the country Colonel-General Ali Naghiyev stressed that cyber-attacks conducted by enemy forces during the 44-day Patriotic War carried out under the leadership of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Mr. Ilham Aliyev, were resolutely prevented together with other relevant government agencies within the framework of the information struggle.
Speaking at the event, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan - Head of the Economic Affairs and Innovative Development Policy Department of the Presidential Administration, Shahmar Movsumov noted that as a result of the unprecedented efforts of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr.Ilham Aliyev, there are comprehensive opportunities to increase the intellectual level of our youth, and expressed confidence that young participants will successfully apply the knowledge and skills gained in the cyber camp for national interests.
Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies Rashad Nabiyev, Minister of Education Emin Amrullayev and Chairman of the State Agency for Public Services and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ulvi Mehdiyev noted in their speeches that the holding of such events makes an important contribution to the growth of knowledge and outlook of adolescents, and lays the foundation for them to grow up as worthy and perfect citizens of Azerbaijan in the future. It was also highlighted that our state has all the conditions for the development of education and the successful realization of the potential of young people, and large-scale state programs and projects are implemented in this direction.
It was noted that due to the mutual and effective relations established with the relevant government agencies, an effective fight against cybercrime is being carried out in our country, and the necessary measures will be taken in this direction.
Expressing confidence that the participants will take full advantage of this opportunity created for them, the guests thanked the organizers of the event for organizing the summer school “Cyber Camp - 2021”.
Afterwards, a slide show on cyber security was presented by the SSS officer in charge of the relevant field.
The event continued with panel discussions on issues of interest to young participants, and online speeches of specialists living abroad and working with leading companies in the field of information technologies were heard.
Having been acquainted with the exhibition of innovative technologies organized in the territory of the Recreation Center, the participants watched a concert program prepared by the Cultural Center of the SSS.