NATO Advanced Cyber School on Combating Terrorism in Cyber Defence commenced in Ohrid

“Similar to the other regions in the world, South East Europe is facing the challenges related to radicalization and terrorism in cyberspace, which requires a response from NATO and partner countries. For us it is extremely important to understand the global trends regarding the use of cyberspace by ISIS and other terrorist organizations, as well as the political, technological, legal and strategic aspects of this action. No less important is the regional connection and cooperation, and with it the strengthening of the Euro-Atlantic values in the region of Southeast Europe.”

This was stated by Minister of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Jolevski, in his address before the participants at the NATO Advanced School dedicated on combating ISIS through cyberspace, which opened today in Ohrid.

The Associate Professor Zlatogor Minchev from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences which together with the Military Academy “General Mihailo Apostolski” as the co-organizer of this event under the auspices of NATO, said that this was the third consecutive activity dedicated to cyber security, but that this time, the classes were directly related to the radicalization of cyberspace, a challenge that was extremely important for the region and beyond.

The advanced school was attended by over 45 participants from the region, with over 20 professionals from NATO, the US, Israel and other countries as lecturers. During the five working days the participants of the school will learn about the global trends regarding the use of cyberspace and technology by terrorist organizations, and will conduct a detailed analysis of these trends in Southeast Europe. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to build regional cooperation, which is an essential component of building resistance against the use of cyberspace by terrorist organizations.