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Today the NATO Information Assurance Symposium (NIAS) has started in Mons, Belgium. This event is hosted by the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency. NIAS is NATO’s largest cyber security conference, and its scope has been widened this year to include cloud and data as additional focus areas. Every year NIAS highlights main topics that are essential to safe and secure military digital transformation, bringing together an audience of more than 1,600 national leaders and cyber security experts from NATO, science and industry to discuss best practices, exchange views and explore new cyber security solutions.

We will cover some of the most interesting solutions here and follow the workshops and speeches closely, to report on any key findings addressed in Mons. According to the organizer, this year’s NIAS is focused on three main topics essential to digital transformation: cloud, data and security. “As smart machines proliferate, NATO must be prepared to tap into the potential of these innovations so that Allied leaders can make the right decisions at the right time to protect our infrastructures, troops and populations,” the organizer stated. “Artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data are just some of the innovations that could threaten NATO missions and support them.”

Dorothee Frank