1st NATO - Industry Workshop on Autonomous Cyber Defence

Cranfield University Stafford-Scripps Center. (source: Crenfield University)

The NATO 1ST-152 Working Group Event will be held at the Cranford University Stafford-Scripps Center. (source: Crenfield University)

Event Date: 
March 19, 2019
Cranfield University, cranfield.ac.uk,
Cranfield University, Stafford-Cripps Center, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL


Discovering Autonomous Cyber Defence Technologies

The workshop is about the technologies needed to cyber-defend the future autonomous systems that will be used by the Defense sector or by Industry and Logistics.

Started in 2016, NATO IST 152 Research & Technology Group has created the first reference architecture and use cases for Autonomous Intelligent Cyber-defense Agents.

The event is designed for those supporting defense ecosystems, industry, start-ups, subject matter experts (SMEs), and academic research groups.

Joining the ACyD Research & Innovation Cluster

To speed-up the development and test of this technology, Cranfield University will invite participating public entities, Industries, SMEs and Star-ups, and Academic institutions to join a dedicated Research & Innovation Cluster. The terms & conditions of participation in the Autonomous Cyber Defence (ACyD) Cluster will be presented during the workshop.

Other Benefits

  • A strategic assessment of the need for autonomous cyber defence technologies in the light of industry & defence priorities, requirements and constraints
  • An opportunity to have one-to-one contacts and discussions
  • The possibility for research groups, Start-ups and SMEs to present contributions to the development of autonomous cyber defence technologies and/or possible partnerships
  • IST 152 will take delegates’ needs and interests into account in its final report due end of 2019 as well as the innovative technologies presented by Start-ups and SMEs
  • IST152 members will be available for further talks during the rest of the week.


In the morning, delegates will be presented the rationale, current state of the art and challenges of autonomous cyber defense, as well as the results of NATO IST 152’s work.

In the afternoon, different workshops and one-to-one meetings will discuss hands-on needs and issues as well as defense, industries, security providers and academics’ interest in engaging with autonomous cyber defense technology.

Alongside presentations and discussions, there will be a technology exhibition of contributing technologies and research works.

Networking Dinner

The evening before the workshop, 18 March from 18:00, you are welcome to join a networking dinner that will take place at the University’s VIP restaurant.



Terms and conditions for participation as well as for potential exhibitors are detailed on this page.

Related Links

Cranfield University: As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivaled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally.

NATO Science & Technology Organization (STO): The STO is a NATO subsidiary body having the same legal status than the NATO itself, and created within the framework of the North Atlantic Treaty signed in Washington in 1949. It has been established with a view to meeting to the best advantage the collective needs of NATO, NATO Nations and partner Nations in the fields of Science and Technology. The STO is operated under the authority of the North Atlantic Council which has delegated the operations of the STO to a Board of Directors (the Science & Technology Board – STB) comprising the NATO Nations S&T managers. The STB is chaired by the NATO Chief Scientist who is a high level recognized S&T leader of a NATO Nation, being permanently assigned to the NATO headquarters in Brussels and also serving as the senior scientific advisor to the NATO leadership.

NATO STO Activities/Efforts Listing with hyperlink to each.

NATO 1ST-152 - Intelligent, Autonomous and Trusted Agents for Cyber Defense and Resilience: In a conflict with a technically sophisticated adversary, NATO military tactical networks will be a heavily contested battlefield. Enemy software cyber agents -- malware -- will infiltrate our network and attack our C4ISR and computerized weapon systems. To fight them, NATO needs artificial cyber hunters - intelligent, autonomous, mobile agents specialized in active cyber defense. Group focuses in the areas of: Autonomous Behaviors, Autonomous Cyber Defense, Computer Information Systems (CIS), Cyber Defense Operations, Information & Communications Technology (ICT), and Intelligent Agents.