NORDLAB and the Nord University Business School hosts second workshop on hybrid threats NORDLAB, the preparedness laboratory of the Nord University Business School, recently hosted the second Hybrid Threat Workshop at Campus Bodø. Since the workshop was last organized in Oslo, October 2021, the list of national and international contributors to the research consortium has grown, adding valuable input to the complex matter of hybrid threat research. By:Daniel Strømstad Kibsgaard Published:20. June 2022 kl. 10:00 Updated:20. June 2022 kl. 10:29 Main body The aim of the workshop, which lasted from June 1st to June 2nd, was to shed light on hybrid threats in a regional response perspective, and how they may impact the society in different sectors. One of the main themes was how to understand and study the ambiguous nature of hybrid threats. Day one of the workshop featured an array of highly relevant presentations, covering the hybrid threat picture, intelligence and situational awareness, as well as hybrid threats and vulnerability:Geopolitical challenges and war – from hybrid threats towards warfareProfessor Tormod Heier from the Norwegian Defense University CollegeHybrid threats and information as a military strategic toolSenior researcher Marte Høiby, leader of Hybrid Threats division, SINTEF DigitalUndermining democracy and political trust at local and national levelsAssociate professor Tanja Ellingsen, Nord UniversityHybrid threats and cyber operationsSenior researcher Torbjørn Kveberg, The Norwegian Defense Research EstablishmentDetection of hybrid threats – joint efforts towards situational awareness at regional and national levelProfessor Odd Jarl Borch, NORDLAB, Nord University, Chair Societal Safety and Security, UArctic Researcher Julie Bergaust from the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment giving her presentation on morphological analysis of hybrid warfare and its significance for Norwegian security Photo: NORDLAB Morphological analysis of hybrid interference: Significance for Norwegian securityResearcher Julie Bergaust, The Norwegian Defense Research EstablishmentTowards detecting hybrid threats: social media, data collection and analysisResearcher Jannicke Fiskvik, SINTEF Digital Understanding vulnerabilitySenior researcher Katarina Klingova, GLOBESECLearning about the unknown – creating knowledge about hybrid threatsAssociate professor Per Haavardtun, The University of South-Eastern NorwayRisk and vulnerability analysis at a regional level – a county governor perspectiveHead of civil protection and emergency preparedness Asgeir Jordbru, The County Governor of NordlandDay two shifted the attention towards responding to hybrid threats:Responding to hybrid threats through international cooperationSenior Analyst Maxime Lebrun, Hybrid COE – The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid ThreatsDisasters and hybrid threats – mobilization of the total defense resourcesDirector Ørjan Nordhuus Karlsson, The Norwegian Directorate for Civil ProtectionCivilian-military collaboration and a total defense perspective on hybrid threat responseCommander Geir Egil Kalkvik, Ministry of Defense Professor Mass Soldal from Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences giving his presentation on challenges in the cyber domain. Photo: NORDLAB. Professor Mass Soldal from Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences giving his presentation on challenges in the cyber domain. Photo: NORDLABChallenges in the cyber domain – organizations to face hybrid threatsProfessor Mass Soldal, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences Hedda Langemyr, Managing director of UTSYN, brought the first part of the program to a close, leading a panel discussion on inter-organizational cooperation on hybrid threat response. Hedda Langemyr. Photo: NORDLAB. The workshop was concluded with a writing seminar, outlining the plans of applying to Horizon Europe – The European Union's framework programme for research and innovation. As a part of the seminar, round table discussions centered around the project's main strengths, focus areas as well as prospective work packages. Rounding off the discussion, Professor Tormod Heier presented a book outline on hybrid threats to be edited by Tormod Heier and Odd Jarl Borch. This book will include contribution both from academia and from practitioners. “Preparedness towards hybrid threats is a leaders responsibility. It is about knowledge and understanding. Leaders must lead from the front as role models for their employees. Not the least to build a culture where knowledge of the hybrid threat picture is highlighted as a central aspect of the organization – down to the single man and woman in the Norwegian municipalities, as well as the public sector" – Professor Tormod Heier, Norwegian Defense University College. Photo: NORDLAB By:Daniel Strømstad Kibsgaard Published:20. June 2022 kl. 10:00 Updated:20. June 2022 kl. 10:29 Right body Share on Facebook Share on Twitter E-mail Print this page Articles published on www.nord.no may be reprinted with reference to the original source. Images on www.nord.no may not be used without the written permission of the Communications Unit. 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