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09 12 2022

NCI Agency participates in International Cyber Security Summer School

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) participated in the 7th International Cyber Security Summer School (ICSSS) on 21-26 August 2022. This year's summer school, organized by The Hague Security Delta (HSD) in The Hague, Netherlands, took place in person after two years of interrupted events.

The Agency was one of 17 leading cyber security organizations involved in this year's ICSSS. Other organizations involved in the summer school included Deloitte, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) and Leiden University. The NCI Agency has organized the ICSSS with HSD, Europol and Leiden University since 2015.

NCI Agency participates in International Cyber Security Summer School

The aim of the ICSSS is to foster the next generation of cyber security experts and allow them to interact with leading high-level experts. During the ICSSS, 60 students from multidisciplinary backgrounds were able to come together to learn more about cyber security and cyber security governance through lectures and visits to some of the participating organizations' headquarters.

The students' knowledge in technical, policy, legal and/or social fields allowed them to study and understand cyber security from their unique lenses. Students were also able to visit the NCI Agency's facilities in The Hague, where they were able to learn from our experts about our efforts to fortify cyber security and protect NATO networks.

As part of their course, students were given cyber security challenges to complete that encouraged them to apply different and fresh ideas to their challenges and discussions. For the Agency's challenge, 10 ICSSS students were required to research the Internet of Things (IoT).

IoT is a network of intertwined devices, software, sensors, and other 'things' which enable the world to be connected throughout physical space. IoT devices are increasingly proving to be of value to government and defence and security organizations. These devices include smart home appliances, smart watches, mobile phones and business software. However, connection to the internet also means that IoT products are vulnerable to security breaches and information leaks.

The students had to research how certain IoTs could be used to detect signs of life in a disaster environment. The group presented their case on the last day of the summer school and students selected a few common applications to mitigate IoT cyber security related risks for their identified devices. Their solutions against radio frequency jamming, GPS spoofing and malware in drones involved machine learning and other methods.

Watch the video below to learn more about the International Cyber Security School 2022 or follow #ICSSS2022 on social media.