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08 3 2016

Information Technology Warfare in the 21st century: The Alliance's invisible threat

NCI Agency Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator Nadja El Fertasi, and Executive Knowledge Coordinator Diana De Vivo discuss how NATO's IT networks are integral to the Alliance's resilience in the latest edition of Vox Collegii, the NATO Defense College Magazine.

Today NATO faces the rise of new technologies, national powers, and non-state actors: sophisticated, asymmetric and unconventional threats to the Alliance's security. NATO's Information Technology transformation in the 21st century is paramount; protecting NATO's nervous system is critical and failure is not an option.

The article highlights the importance of IT as NATO's central nervous system, allowing the Alliance to remain resilient as network warfare becomes increasingly widespread in the continuously evolving and unpredictable security landscape.

"NATO is well aware of the technological advancements on the part of our potential state-based adversaries and also non-state actors, in the areas of both traditional military and hybrid capabilities. NATO as an organization and individual Allies need to be ever committed to maintaining our capability edge, including through continuous innovation, support to research and development and state-of-the-art technology, to deliver on the Alliance's three core tasks," said GEN Petr Pavel.

Continue reading the full article here.

A condensed version of the article has been published in the NATO Review Magazine.

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