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NATO’s annual Cyber Coalition training exercise draws about 1,200 participants from the 32 member nations as well as allies and partners.

group photo at training eventLSU cybersecurity researcher Elias Bou-Harb, associate professor of computer science with joint appointments in the LSU College of Engineering and the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, is working with NATO Allied Command Transformation to develop innovative training scenarios to help strengthen NATO cyber defense capabilities.

NATO Allied Command Transformation’s annual Cyber Coalition event ensures participating NATO members receive the most up-to-date and comprehensive training possible to deter and defend against cyber threats

two representatives at computers during a training session

Cyber experts in the Italian Air Force participated in last year’s Cyber Coalition, NATO’s premier annual cyber defense exercise, where coordination and collaboration between NATO members, allies and partners are rigorously tested.

Held annually in November and December, the NATO Allied Command Transformation Cyber Coalition exercise challenges civilian and military representatives from the 32 member nations to navigate several realistic cyber threat scenarios. Bou-Harb and his team of LSU students are now developing one of these scenarios. This fall, they will stage a hypothetical healthcare cyber assault in a NATO cyber range in Estonia to enhance collaboration and cyber preparedness across the NATO countries.

Elias Bou-Harb

LSU cybersecurity researcher Elias Bou-Harb and his team are helping to shape the premier NATO cyber training exercise, Cyber Coalition. This year’s event, held in Estonia from November 30 to December 6, will include representatives from over 36 nations, including non-NATO countries, and approximately 1,200 participants.


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