The NATO Center of Excellence for Cooperative Cyber Defense (CCDCOE), in cooperation with the College of William & Mary’s Global Innovation Challenge (WMGIC), has released a new eBook.
It’s a mouthful of introduction to an e-book that is a how-to guide. It contains: “The winning submissions and all other student ideas submitted as part of the November 12, 2021 virtual competition co-hosted with the Cyber Space branch of NATO Allied Command Transformation. For six hours, 56 teams of undergraduate students from 52 universities developed solutions to combat election interference and disinformation within the NATO Alliance.
“The competition was organized in consultation with expert mentors from NATO member nations and each team was judged by a two-person panel on feasibility and effectiveness, creativity, confidentiality, sustainability and pragmatism. tax.”
The winners of the CyberOps competition were the University of Cambridge, Stafford University, University of St. Andrews and William & Mary.
The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence is a NATO-accredited cyber defense center that focuses on research, training and exercises.
According to a press release, NATO’s CCDCOE “represents a community of 34 nations offering a 360-degree view of cyber defence, with expertise in technology, strategy, operations and law. The heart of the Center is a diverse group of international experts from military, government, academic and industrial backgrounds.
The release also notes, “The Global Innovation Challenge is the premier international hackathon-style intercollegiate case competition aimed at encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration to create innovative solutions to today’s global problems. The Challenge offers undergraduate students around the world a platform for open collaboration and discussion with peers, faculty, and knowledgeable professionals to analyze and create sustainable and scalable solutions. The competition increases students’ knowledge of case studies, design thinking, holistic sustainability, innovative processes, and political entrepreneurship.
I asked Kathryn Floyd, director of the Whole of Government Center of Excellence and e-internship at the Global Research Institute at William & Mary: “Why was it important for William & Mary to participate in the cyber competition?
“As a global university dedicated to service,” she said, “W&M sees this competition – and by extension the e-book – as our opportunity to apply classroom learning to the real world, to inspire students around the world to think creatively and provide a practical solution to the problems of disinformation and election interference in the NATO Alliance.
I also asked Dr. Floyd, who organized the competition at W&M, what she considers a practical result of her participation in the competition.
“Every student who participated in this challenge is now a published author,” she said. “Their ideas are not only presented to the world, but they are presented with attribution. NATO CCDCOE and NATO ACT value raising the next generation, not keeping them waiting – we hear their ideas now and maybe we can make cyberspace a safer place.
As Kate Hoving, Public Relations Manager at the Reves Center for International Studies reported in 2021, the ornate Reves Room was transformed for six exciting hours into Command Central for William & Mary’s Global Innovation Challenge.
Teams of undergraduate students from universities across the NATO Alliance attempted to answer the challenge questions. How can NATO enhance cyberspace awareness and preparedness to counter online disinformation, especially in social media?
The student teams developed an action plan that NATO could consider. And now the e-book tells how it was done.
Shatz is a resident of Williamsburg. He is the author of “Reports from a Distant Place”, the compilation of his selected chronicles. The book is available at Bruton’s parish store and on Amazon. com