The International Conference on Cyber Conflict which formally began on 31 May, in Tallinn, Estonia, brings together over 600 experts and decision-makers from the global cyber defence community for a week’s worth of discussions on some of the most pressing items from the global cyber defence agenda. This year’s event will focus on: “Protecting the Core“.
Known as CyCon, the conference, opened by the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, is organised by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.
Presenting a keynote on the first day of CyCon 2017, Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO´s Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges observed that: ”We are facing the most serious security challenges in a generation, and those related to cyber are on top of the list”, he said. “In an era of increased digital and informational confrontation, we need to raise above the classical, “analog” approaches and concepts of defence”.
Ambassador Ducaru outlined NATO’s role in cyber defence: “NATO is expanding and strengthening the centralized protection of its networks, enhancing the cyber-resilience of the Alliance. The Cyber Defence Pledge is guiding our Allies towards raising their national cyber defences”. He also outlined the “highly dynamic co-operation between NATO and the EU on cyber defence” and “the importance of working in partnership with the private sector, who develop and operate the vast majority of networks worldwide.”
Concluding, Ambassador Ducaru noted that “the evolution of cyber defence at NATO is a compelling example of the fast pace of adaptation and modernization – particularly with linking cyber defence to collective defence and recognizing cyberspace as a domain of operations. “In cyberspace, like in the other domains, NATO acts in line with its defensive mandate & in accordance with international law.”
This is the ninth edition of CyCon, which is renowned for its interdisciplinary approach, challenging participants to discuss cyber challenges from legal, technology and strategy perspectives.