NATO Co-sponsors Groundbreaking Inaugural Cyber Crisis Simulation Exercise at GLOBSEC Bratislava 2019 Forum

By Organising Transatlantic Steering Committee: Keerthika M. Subramanian, Esq, Nadja EL Fertasi, Kristen M. Laughlin, and David A. Bray, PhD

Digital transformation is redefining the geopolitical security landscape at an unprecedented pace. By 2030, the number of sensors and devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to increase from 21 billion in 2018 to about 125 billion worldwide. With the expanded use of IoT come widespread cybersecurity challenges. Private and public sector leaders worldwide routinely cite cybersecurity preparedness as a top priority year after year because the consequences of cybersecurity attacks can be catastrophic. 

A key component of cybersecurity preparedness is the successful completion of real-world cybersecurity crisis simulation exercises. Responding to cybersecurity crises requires not only technical knowledge of cyber, but also human emotional intelligence.

On Thursday, June 6, 2019, NATO was very pleased to co-sponsor “Disruptive Dilemmas: Cyber Crisis Simulation Exercise”, the first-ever cyber crisis simulation exercise and largest side event at the GLOBSEC Bratislava 2019 Forum in Bratislava, Slovakia. Using a series of real-world crisis simulations, the side event encouraged participants to use both cognitive and emotional intelligence to formulate solutions for a variety of complex cyber crises. The proposed solutions will be published in a white paper that will be publicly available in late 2019.

Organized by the transatlantic steering committee consisting of co-chair, Nadja El Fertasi, former Senior Executive at NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) and CEO/Founder of Nadja El Fertasi, EQ (Emotional Intelligence) Coaching and Consulting, co-chair Keerthika M. Subramanian, Esq., Corporate Attorney at Mintz Levin, Kristen M. Laughlin, Founder and CEO of Avion Consulting Group and Dr. David Bray, PhD, Executive Director of People-Centered Internet Coalition, the side event was also co-sponsored by the following institutional partners: Oppenhuizen Law Firm, PLC; GLOBSEC; Global Cyber Alliance and European Cyber Resilience Research Network.

More information regarding the side-event can be found by following this link.


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