The constant evolution of cyber space — which NATO henceforth considers as a fully-fledged operational domain — and of the many challenges it presents drives Belgium to invest in its cyber infrastructure and security. In this context, the new Cyber Command of the Belgian Defence was established in October 2022 with a view to strengthening the security of its computer and communication systems, but also of our armed forces’ cyber defence. Furthermore, the Cyber Command — i.e. the staff of the military’s future fifth component — intends to become an important player in interdepartmental collaboration and to contribute to defining strategic orientations and normative frameworks within NATO and the EU.

Why is it important for Belgium to develop a Cyber Command? What are the structural and organisational characteristics of this new staff? What are the current and future challenges for its implementation? What role does the Cyber Command play in the national and international ecosystem?

In order to answer these questions, we have the pleasure of welcoming Major General Michel Van Strythem, commander of the Cyber Command, and Professor Dr Alexander Mattelaer (VUB and Egmont Institute), who will share their analyses on the cyber command’s missions as well as on current and future challenges for its implementation.

Evening conference

Why does Belgium need a Cyber Command?

Conference videos:
Major General Michel VAN STRYTHEM
Prof. Dr Alexander MATTELAER

Moderator: Estelle HOORICKX

Languages: Dutch and French
Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Dutch

2 March 2023, 17:00 – 18:30
> 16:30 – Registration
> 17:00 – Conference
> 18:30 – Reception

Campus Renaissance
Rue Hobbema, 8
1000 Brussels