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NATO School Oberammergau – Naval Postgraduate School Cyber Security Professional Programme Closure in Morocco

By Liliana Serban, NSO Course Director and NPS Liaison Officer

On 14 December 2018, NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) and Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Monterey, USA, concluded the Cyber Security Professional Programme in Rabat, Morocco.

The Programme started in 2015 with the aim of supporting Morocco in developing relevant cyber security expertise throughout the government, in order to improve their defence of critical infrastructure, to build cyber resilience and to raise awareness on the cyber threats that may potentially target their national networks.

Both institutions were very keen to support this cyber defence objective defined in the cooperation plan with NATO that requires Morocco to be ready to implement effective national cyber defence capabilities.

Four cyber courses were offered in Rabat, Morocco as follows: Network Security, Network Vulnerability Assessment & Risk Mitigation, Cyber Incident Handling & Incident Response and Network Traffic Analysis. All courses were conducted by NSO and NPS under NATO Science for Peace Programme auspices.

138 students from nine governmental agencies Successfully completed the courses and six students were certified as Cyber Security Professionals by NSO and NPS.

The Programme was officially closed by Mr Christian Liflander, Head of the Cyber Section, Emerging Security Challenges Division (ESCD), NATO Headquarters, and the ceremony was attended by high officials from Morocco and representatives from NSO and NPS. The entire delegation was welcomed by Mr. Abdellatif Loudiyi, Morocco Defence Minister.