[PAST EVENT] NATO Cyber Defence: A Decade of Opportunities and Challenges

April 16, 2021
8am - 10am
Location not specified
Access & Features
  • Open to the public

William & Mary, in cooperation with the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence (CCDCOE) and King’s College London, will host the virtual “NATO Cyber Defence: A Decade of Opportunities and Challenges” on Friday, April 16, 2021, from 8:00 am until 10:00 EDT.

This is the official sideline event of the NATO Cyber Defence Pledge Conference, which convenes on April 15, 2021.

“NATO Cyber Defence: A Decade of Opportunities and Challenges” is open to the public and will be live streamed at NATO CCDCOE’s YouTube page


Welcome Remarks

  • Dr Stephen E. Hanson, Vice Provost for International Affairs, William & Mary
  • Mr Douglas Jones, Chargé d’Affaires ad Interim at the US Mission to NATO 

Session I, “NATO Cyber Defence and Offence in the International Environment,” explores how member states align their sovereign interests, capabilities and cyber doctrine with NATO operational requirements and strategic ambitions. NATO’s core activities involve complex cyberspace operations against state and non-state actors in highly contested digital environments. Sophisticated defensive and offensive cyber measures are required to identify, prevent, deter, defend against and respond to cyber threats, capabilities put at NATO’s disposal by its member states.

  • Moderator: Dr Antonio Missiroli, Associate Senior Policy Fellow for Emerging Security Threats, Leiden University
  • Dr Max Smeets, Senior Researcher, the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zürich
  • Ms Amy Ertan, PhD candidate, Royal Holloway, University of London 
  • Dr Brandon Valeriano, Donald Bren Chair of Military Innovation, Marine Corps University, Brute Krulak Center; Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Session II, “Resilience and Supply Chain Cybersecurity: Alliances and Partnerships,” addresses how NATO works with its regional partners, industry and other third parties to meet the supply chain cybersecurity challenge. Recent years have highlighted the challenge of securing global supply chains from cyber exploitation and subversion. This poses a direct threat to the security of NATO and its partners, which, in addition to sovereign assets, rely on infrastructures, goods and services produced, operated and owned by multiple civilian and commercial actors.

  • Moderator: Dr Alexi Drew, Research Associate, King’s College London
  • Dr Allan Friedman, Director, Cybersecurity Initiatives, National Telecommunications & Information Administration, United States Department of Commerce
  • Mr Neil Robinson, NATO HQ ESCD
  • Ms Liisa Past, Head of Cybersecurity Business Development, Cybernetica

Closing Remarks

  • Col Jaak Tarien, Director, CCDCOE

The event is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Mission to NATO to William & Mary’s Whole of Government Center of Excellence. William & Mary thanks the U.S. Mission to NATO for its generous support.