Vlatka Jajetić

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: Cybersecurity Ninja: Educating Young People and Their Parents on How to Fight Cybersecurity ChallengesCroatia

Vlatka Jajetić is the Head of Incident Handling team in CARNET (Croatian National CERT Department). She has experience in log analysis, use of open-source security tools, cybersecurity awareness and is focused on cooperation with various entities through cybersecurity working groups. She is very passionate about raising awareness on cybersecurity topics, especially with seniors and children who are one of the most vulnerable generations to cybersecurity incidents.

IVLP Impact Award Project: Cybersecurity Ninja: Educating Young People and Their Parents on How to Fight Cybersecurity Challenges

Through 12 workshops held in five Croatian cities, Vlatka’s project educated 384 people on current cybersecurity challenges and the safety of children online. Workshop topics included the history of hacking, social engineering, cybersecurity threats on social media, and cyber hygiene. Experts from leading Croatian education and cybersecurity agencies convened at the project’s final event, with 48 attendees, to discuss topics such as cyberbullying and online abuse; and to encourage youth to pursue careers in cybersecurity. The project has already had a lasting impact on the community because it is increasing cybersecurity awareness amongst the engaged participants.

Vlatka also shared insights on the Impact Award grant process as a panelist for the IVLP Impact Awards Alumni Discussion Series panel, “Alumni Spotlight” which you can read more about here.

"This workshop was such a success; it was so great to see the children engage in the topic. It’s different when they hear something from the experts in a certain field rather than hearing the same topic from their teachers." - Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Vlatka was a participant in the IVLP Project Promoting Cybersecurity II, organized by the U.S. Department of State and the American Councils for International Education.

Vlatka's exchange experience led to the development of her IVLP Impact Award Project; "My IVLP experience gave me an insight on the approach of the United States to education in cybersecurity field. It was very interesting to see how many young people are involved in cybersecurity projects and how universities support and funds such projects."

U.S. Communities Visited

Washington, DC; New York City, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Austin, TX; San Antonio, TX

Country: Croatia

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