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NATO CCDCOE and WMGIC Release Cybersecurity Challenge E-Book

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in cooperation with William & Mary's Global Innovation Challenge (WMGIC) has published a new e-book: 

information about ebook
‘WMGIC x NATO ACT Cybersecurity Challenge'
edited by K. Floyd '05, K. Hoving, T. Lawrence, T. Liu '22, N. Perez '22, and P. Pernik

Link to online e-bookThe publication contains the winning pitches and all other student ideas featured in the November 12, 2021 virtual competition co-hosted with NATO Allied Command Transformation's (NATO ACT) Cyber Space Branch. Over the course of six hours, 56 undergraduate student teams from 52 universities developed solutions to address election meddling and disinformation in the NATO Alliance. This was done in consultation with expert mentors from NATO member nations and each team was judged by a two-person panel on the following criteria: feasibility & effectiveness, creativity, privacy, sustainability, and fiscal pragmatism.


Seven teams were selected as the winners of their streams owing to their unique and tangible recommendations:
  • NATO Potato (University of Calgary, Sciences Po, and Leiden University)
  • Belt & Road (Tufts University, University of Oxford, and the London School of Economics)
  • CyberOps (Cambridge University, Staffordshire University, University of St Andrews, William & Mary)
  • LPR (George Mason University)
  • Net-Tech Warriors (Old Dominion University)
  • The Cyberian Huskies (University of Texas at San Antonio), and
  • International Strategic Capacity Council (University of Calgary)

View e-book here

Policy-makers and those interested in engaging with the student ideas further may contact

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) is a NATO-accredited cyber defence hub focusing on research, training and exercises. It represents a community of 34 nations providing a 360-degree look at cyber defence, with expertise in technology, strategy, operations and law. The heart of the Centre is a diverse group of international experts from military, government, academia and industry backgrounds.

The Global Innovation Challenge (WMGIC) is the premier intercollegiate hackathon-style international case competition aimed at encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration to create innovative solutions for current global issues. WMGIC provides undergraduate students worldwide 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 about the case study, design thinking, holistic sustainability, innovative processes, and policy entrepreneurship.

The mission of the William & Mary Whole of Government Center of Excellence is to train a new generation of future leaders who have hands-on, practical experience working across the different organisational cultures. These leaders must harmonise to facilitate true interagency collaboration— long before finding themselves forced to deal with such issues during a foreign deployment or national emergency. The work of the Center is primarily focused on training, education, and research related to interagency collaboration, complex national security challenges, and other public
policy problems for mid-career policy professionals and military officers. The Center also brings together leaders from all levels of government and the military for symposia, discussions, and projects to promote creative, collaborative solutions to emerging issues.