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

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

On 01 Jun 20, the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO), together with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), formally opened the M6-109 Network Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Mitigation Course offered to the Republic of North Macedonia under the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme. The first 9 weeks of the course will be conducted online in an effort to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Colonel Brian Hill, USA-AF, the NSO Dean of Academics, began by emphasizing the timeliness of this course: "The work you will do over the next 10 weeks has never been more important and more critical as building resilience in the cyber domain is paramount to our current situation, with NATO engaged to fight the global pandemic; additionally, our Alliance needs your expertise to counter disinformation and propaganda emanating from its adversaries. We are confident you’ll emerge better equipped to support these efforts at the end of this course."

CDR Paolo Carcavallo, USA-N, the NATO Co-Director for this NATO SPS Award added "In the past few weeks we witnessed malicious cyber activities seeking to take advantage of the new ways we are doing business. There will continue to be threats to the Alliance and our nations and this course will teach you how to protect the cyber networks from the malicious activities and how to better serve in the front line of the cyber defence."

Colonel Mitko Bogdanoski, Vice-Dean of the Military Academy General Mihailo Apostolski, and partner Co-Director for this NATO SPS Award, concluded the Course opening with "Having 31 people who can deal with all these challenges is very important for our country and the Alliance. I hope at the end of the course you will have the skills and knowledge to defend the cyber networks and you will be successful in acquiring the ethical hacking certification that will enable you to defend against the NATO adversaries."

The course will be attended by 31 students, representing 7 different government institutions, all of whom successfully completed the M6-108 Network Security Course in Apr 20. This is the second and the final cyber course conducted jointly by the NSO and NPS in support of the Republic of North Macedonia.