On February 27, the Atlantic Council hosted a panel discussion on NATO’s evolving role in cyber defense and security. The panel discussed key cyber challenges confronting the transatlantic Alliance.
The event also served as the launch for a new issue brief “NATO’s Cyber Capabilities: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” authored by Jason Healey, director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, and Leendert van Bochoven, NATO and European Defense leader at IBM.

This event is part of the Council’s Smarter Alliance Initiative in partnership with IBM. The Atlantic Council and IBM established this initiative in response to the NATO Secretary General’s call for allies to adopt a “smarter” approach to leveraging scarce defense resources to develop and sustain capabilities necessary to meet current and future security challenges, including cyber security. The first findings of the initiative were presented in December 2011, when the Atlantic Council and IBM launched a set of policy-oriented briefs focused on NATO reform.


Leendert Van Bochoven
NATO and European Defence Leader

Barry Pavel
Director-Designate and Arnold Kanter Chair, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Jason Healey
Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative
Atlantic Council

Harriet P. Pearson
Vice President Security Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer
IBM Corporation

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