NIAS 2018

NATO’s largest cyber conference, NIAS returns to Mons, Belgium, this October for three days of engaging discussions on the critical role cyber security plays in securing the Alliance.This year’s theme:

‘NIAS18: Securing NATO’s Digital Endeavour’ will focus on cross-domain applications of cyber security.

In today’s hyper connected world, cyber security is an essential part of every NATO operation, whether on land, in the air or at sea, in a joint or combined environment. It enables the exchange of critical information while maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and availability of intelligence, ensuring that military, NATO and national leaders can make the right decisions at the right time to protect our infrastructures, troops and populations.

NIAS18 offers a unique platform to NATO and national leaders, as well as security specialists from across the Alliance, industry and academia, and front-line IT staff and product developers, to discuss best practices, exchange views and explore innovative cyber security solutions.



Quality Keynote speakers from NATO, Academia and Industry.



Cutting edge technology tracks and exhibition of latest technology and products.


Cyber Talent

Attracting diverse cyber security talent..


Cyber Challenge

Join our CyberStart Go challenge, and experience life as a cyber security professional.




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The symposium will address the following areas

Bringing Cyber Security into operational perspective

Cyber security must be thoroughly considered across all domains of operations. This discussion stream will focus on how to inject cyber security into military exercises by providing and visualizing cyber intelligence in the common operational picture.

It will also discuss best practices for building a resilient cyber operations centre.

Cyber Security aware and resilient applications

Applications secure by design will be at the heart of this topic together with corresponding certification programs. Further, it will examine the latest trends for cyber hygiene to remain at the top of the game.


It will also take a deep-dive into industry’s best practices for robust supply chain security.

Building, fostering and maintaining the cyber workforce

Resilient cyber security depends on prudent tech skills that are increasingly in short supply across the private sector. It is time to rethink the way to safeguard strategic assets – tech talent, through enhanced partnerships with universities, fit-for-purpose ‘young graduate’ programmes and recruitment.

A dedicated forum will also address how to promote gender balance and diversity in cyber security.

Securing the mobile workforce

Being able to connect remotely and securely to NATO’s networks is paramount to the Alliance as its workforce becomes increasingly mobile.


This discussion stream will explore the delicate balance between ensuring the digital security of a mobile workforce, including that of soldiers working from operational theatres, while ensuring the resilience of our networks.