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The NATO School Oberammergau completes the first NATO Science for Peace & Security Cyber Course for the Republic of North Macedonia

By Liliana Serban, ROU-CIV, Naval Postgraduate School Course Director

On 03 Apr 20, the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO), together with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), concluded the M6-108 Network Security Course offered to the Republic of North Macedonia, under the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme.

"Our Alliance needs to be prepared for myriad challenges posed by malicious activities in cyberspace, and that’s why we are conducting these cyber courses", emphasized Colonel Mitko Bogdanoski, Vice-Dean of the Military Academy General Mihailo Apostolski of the Republic of North Macedonia in Skopje, and Co-Director for the NATO SPS. Col Bogdanoski concluded "...and we are looking forward to continuing with the Network Vulnerability Assessment & Risk Mitigation Course soon which will continue our students on their path to reach certified ethical hacker and offer them the skills & knowledge to defend our networks."

"You are an Ally now, and you should be proud of the work you have done before in partnership with NATO; the work you will have to continue to do in order to protect our collective communications information systems at different levels is highly valuable for the Alliance", underlined CDR Paolo Carcavallo, USA-N, NATO Co-Director for the SPS.

Colonel Brian Hill, USA-AF, NSO Dean of Academics, also addressed the course and congratulated the students and the host nation on joining the Alliance on 27 Mar 20. "Ten weeks ago you started this course as a valued NATO partner nation and today we close this course as allies; The NATO School Oberammergau and the Naval Postgraduate School consider it a privilege to deliver the education and individual training the Republic of North Macedonia requires to bolster NATO’s strength and galvanize Alliance resolve."

The Network Security Course started on 27 Jan 20 in Skopje, and was followed by 9 online weeks, conducted on the NPS Leaning Management System, Sakai. The final week of the course, from 30 Mar until 3 Apr 20, was changed from residential to online, in an effort to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The course was attended by 33 students (18 military and 15 civilians) representing 7 different government institutions. The course will be followed by the NATO M6-109 Network Vulnerability Assessment & Risk Mitigation Course in late Spring/Summer 20, as part of the Republic of North Macedonia’s NATO Science for Peace Programme.