IOT Seminar: Geir Olav Dyrkolbotn

“Cyber Operations: Defending Operations, not Information and Technology”
Geir Olav Dyrkolbotn
Monday, Feb. 4 at 4:00 p.m.
LAR 234

Presented by the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World


According to a study by the World Economic Forum, a 10% increase in digitization results in a 0.75% increase in gross domestic product (GDP). At the same time, we have investigations that indicate a loss of 0.64% due to cybercrime. This loss represents lost jobs, business opportunities, and has long-term negative effects on a nation’s security and welfare. This trend is highly relevant for the Armed Forces–while they also benefit from the digital revolution, unfortunately, adversaries do as well.

Information security focuses on protecting our information and technology, however recent trends show that information security falls short in defending missions against dedicated adversaries operating in cyberspace.  NATO has consequently acknowledged cyberspace as a new warfare domain. Mission assurance through cyber operations is still maturing in military circles, but is highly relevant in private and public organizations as well.

This talk will introduce the concept of cyber operation and related topics, based on the speaker’s more than 15 years of experience in the field.


Maj/Dr. Geir Olav Dyrkolbotn is an officer in the Norwegian Armed Forces and an associate professor at Center for Cyber and Information Security (CCIS) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He is currently head of the NTNU Malware Lab and the research group for cyber defence at CCIS. Geir Olav holds a PhD in information security from Gjøvik University College (HiG) and a MSc in computer science from the NTNU. His career includes more than 25 years in the Norwegian Armed Forces, where he holds the rank of Major. His career has focused on operation, maintenance and security in tactical communication systems and, for the last 15 years, on defensive cyber operations, computer network defense and operational security. His research interests include cyber defense, reverse engineering and malware analysis, side-channel attacks, and machine learning.