NATO and national experts to share ideas at cyber security symposium

By Communications Team 10/2/2019
The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency will host the NATO Information Assurance Symposium (NIAS) in Mons, Belgium on 15-17 October 2019. The symposium will focus on “Digital transformation: smart machines for smarter decisions".

NATO's largest cyber security conference will see its 15th edition in October.

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency will host the NATO Information Assurance Symposium (NIAS) in Mons, Belgium on 15-17 October 2019. The three-day event offers policy makers, academics and industry experts from across the Alliance a unique opportunity to discuss best practices, exchange views and explore innovative solutions in cyber security.

The symposium will focus on “Digital transformation: smart machines for smarter decisions", discussing how innovations in artificial intelligence and machine learning can both challenge and support NATO missions and operations.

The NCI Agency must tap into such technology to give Allied leaders the information they need to make the right decisions at the right time to protect our infrastructures, troops and populations.

The symposium will focus on the following topics: traditional and AI-enabled information assurance, addressing supply chain security challenges, moving from information assurance to mission assurance, data as a strategic resource and the cloud. Also, participants will have a chance to join the NIAS Cyber Challenge.

Find more information and register now at nias19.com.

Confirmed speakers include

From NATO…

  • Clare Hutchinson, Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, NATO

  • Antonio Missiroli, Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

  • MGEN Wolfgang Renner, Deputy Chief of Staff Communications and Information Services and Cyber Defence, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, NATO

  • Kevin J Scheid, General Manager, NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency

From the Nations….

  • Dr John Zangardi, Chief Information Officer, Department of Homeland Security, United States

  • MGEN Didier Tisseyre, Commander, Cyber Command, France

  • BGEN Vasil Sabinski, Director of Communications and Information Systems, European Union Military Staff

  • MGEN Inge Kampenes, Commander, Cyber Defence Force (Cyberforsvaret), Norway

  • Edvinas Kerza, Vice-Minister of National Defence, Lithuania

  • Kristina Posavec, Deputy State Secretary at the Central State Office for the Development of the Digital Society, Croatia

  • Tomasz Zdzikot, Secretary of State, Ministry of National Defence, Poland

  • Visho Ajazi Lika, Permanent Representative of Albania to NATO

From industry…

  • Daniel B. Prieto, Head of Strategy, Google Cloud

  • Stephen Schmidt, Chief Information Security Officer, Amazon Web Services

  • Dr Akif Kahn, Senior Director Research, Gartner

  • Edna Conway, Chief Security Officer Global Value Chain, Cisco

  • Barbara Poggiali, Managing Director Cyber Security Division, Leonardo

  • Diana Kelley, Cybersecurity Field Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft

  • Sophie Proust, Chief Technology Officer, Atos

  • Robert J Carey, Vice President/General Manager, Global Public Sector Solutions, RSA

  • Greg Day, Chief Security Officer EMEA, Palo Alto Networks

  • Christophe Crous, Head of Security Solutions BeNeLux, Proximus

  • Sten Feldman, Head of Development, CybExer Technologies

More on the Cyber Challenge

Our SANS Cyber Security 2019 challenge is a chance for contestants to experience life as a penetration tester. The winner gets a free SANS information security training course.

Contestants will be asked to solve challenges in areas such as…

  • Cryptography

  • Forensics

  • Linux

  • Open source intelligence

  • Web application attacks

Prizes

1st place: SANS EMEA Live course seat in 2020
2nd place: NetWars continuous license
3rd place: Summit seat for any SANS EMEA Summit in 2020*

*The prize is applicable to all SANS EMEA Summits excluding CyberThreat, and does not cover travel and accommodation.

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