Deputy CIO, NATO, Belgium
Mr. Mario Beccia is NATO’s Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity, working in the Office of the Chief Information Officer. He holds a university degree in Economics and Management, an MBA in management of innovation, and several certifications in cybersecurity and information technology. He started his career in 1997 by joining a start-up company focused on the use of web technologies for businesses. He then worked as independent consultant on IT and Information Assurance projects in Italy and Belgium. He joined NATO Allied Command Transformation in 2006, where he worked on business transformation and capability development programs. He supported the setup of the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC) and IT Modernization (ITM) programs by collecting and engineering requirements, championing the creation of an implementation roadmap for Cloud Computing and Cyber Defence in NATO. He joined the European Defence Agency in 2018 as Chief Information Security Officer and Project Officer Cyber Defence, leading the creation of a Cybersecurity practice in the Agency, the creation of a stronger classified information management ecosystem and the Cyber Defence program of the Agency. He led and supported several cross-domain and multinational projects under the PESCO (PErmanent and Structured COoperation) framework and other multinational initiatives. In 2020, he started the milCERTs Interactive Conference, a yearly cybersecurity exercise and conference aimed at creating a stronger military CERT interaction between EU military entities. In March 2021, he joined back NATO and, as of February 2022, he took on the role of Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity, leading a major Cybersecurity Transformation program in NATO. He is passionate about martial arts, computer programming, crypto currencies and electric vehicles.