The International Conference on Cyber Conflict, CyCon, is entering its second decade. Throughout the years, CyCon has established itself as a prominent multidisciplinary conference, introducing keynotes and panels focusing on the technical, legal, policy, strategy and military perspectives of cyber defence and security. This is undoubtedly thanks to the amount of high-quality original academic research presented at the conference. In 2018, the Academic Review Committee selected 22 articles that were presented at the conference and published in the proceedings.

Each year, around 600 decision-makers, opinion-leaders, law and technology experts from the governments, military, academia and industry of nearly 50 countries meet at CyCon to address current cyber security challenges in an interdisciplinary manner.  Over two and a half days, experts approach the conference’s key themes in keynote speeches, plenaries, focused sessions and breakout discussions. CyCon’s workshops allow more in-depth discussions on specific topics related to technology and malware development, education and training issues, legal aspects, etc., or provide practical hands-on training.

In 2018 the event focused on the theme of maximising effects in the cyber domain. Keynote speakers included H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, the President of Estonia, Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer of Facebook, Dr. Antonio Missiroli, NATO Assistant Secretary General on Emerging Security Challenges, H.E Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former President of Estonia, Thomas Dullien, Staff Software Engineer at Google Zero and many others distinguished experts.

In 2019 the 11th CyCon will take place from 28 to 31 May on the theme of “Silent Battle”

Upcoming event

CyCon 2019: Silent Battle

The 11th CyCon will focus on varied topics under the main topic of "Silent Battle": a techie will think of vulnerabilities, exploits and patches; a policy advisor, of detection and attribution; a lawyer, of responsibility; and military, of situational awareness.

Past events

CyCon 2018: Maximising Effects

The 10th anniversary event focused on the theme of maximising effects in the cyber domain. CyCon 2018 brought to Tallinn around 700 cyber experts from more than 40 nations. In partnership with Munich Security Conference (MSC) CCDCOE also hosted the Cyber Security Summit (CSS) in Tallinn the same week.

CyCon 2017: Defending the Core

The 9th International Conference on Cyber Conflict under the theme of Defending the Core recognised that digitalisation has both transformed and disrupted our way of life, bringing new security risks to technological dependencies together with its innumerable social and economic benefits.

CyCon 2016: Cyber Power

The 8th International Conference on Cyber Conflict focused on ‘cyber power’ as one of the core elements of relations between different stakeholders and will discuss how the traditional concept of ‘power’ applies to cyberspace.

CyCon 2015: Architectures in Cyberspace

The 7th International Conference on Cyber Conflict focused on the construction of the Internet and its potential future development. This year’s topic asked what cyberspace is and will be in the coming years as well as what are its characteristics relevant for cyber security.

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CyCon 2014: Active Cyber Defence

The 6th International Conference on Cyber Conflict brought together more than 450 people to discuss active cyber defence. The conference ran in two parallel tracks with one concentrating on the technical issues and another on the law and strategy questions.

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CyCon 2013: Cyber Conflict

The 5th CyCon concentrated on technical, strategic and legal implications of using automatic methods in cyber conflicts.

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CyCon 2012

The 4th conference focused on military and paramilitary activities in cyberspace. The topic was explored from strategic, conceptual, political, legal and technical perspectives within two parallel tracks, the Law & Policy Track and the Technical Track. Strategy Breakout Session and multiple pre-conference workshops completed the comprehensive programme offered.

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CyCon 2011: ICCC

3rd International Conference on Cyber Conflict focused on the defensive and offensive aspects of cyber forces, combining different views on cyber defence and operations in current threat environments. More than 380 experts gathered in Tallinn, Estonia, to participate in the annual event. Presentations treated the legal aspects of cyber conflict as well as the technical ones, including recent issues such as Stuxnet and iBots. The conference concluded with a presentation of the NATO cyber defence policy that was endorsed by the NATO defence ministers.

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CyCon 2010: Cyber Conflict

The conference brought together more than 300 computer security specialists from 39 countries. Experts from government, private sector and the academia discussed cyber security in three parallel conference tracks: strategy, law and technical. Keynote speakers included renowned cryptographer Bruce Schneier and former cyber security adviser to the US president, Melissa Hathaway.

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Legal & Policy Conference

Centre's second conference focused on the legal and policy aspects of cyber conflict, inviting experts to discuss the frameworks for international cyber security. It was aimed at promoting closer collaboration among the international community of leaders and experts; sharing current initiatives and best practices of cyber conflict management; developing a common understanding of the multidisciplinary and layered approach to cyber conflict management and initiating an international dialogue.

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Conference on Cyber Warfare

The Conference on Cyber Warfare covered the emerging field of cyber warfare in theory and in practice, from both strategic and tactical perspectives. Luminaries such as Mikko Hypponen, James Lewis, Jose Nazario, Felix Leder, Tillmann Werner, Roel of Temmingh, Amit Yoran, and Billy Rios highlighted the program among other key experts.