The International Conference on Cyber Conflict, CyCon, has entered 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.
Each year, more than 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 for 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 2019 the event focused on the theme of Silent Battle. Keynote speakers included H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, the President of Estonia, Dr. Antonio Missiroli, NATO Assistant Secretary General on Emerging Security Challenges, Adm Manfred Nielson, NATO’ s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Mr Kentaro Sonoura, a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, Professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincetelli, the Buttner Chair at the Department of EECS, Tom Burt of Microsoft. Highlights of the CyCon 2019 included the official declaration of Estonia’s position on the applicability of international law in cyberspace and cyber operations in the opening address by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid. One of the practical deliverables of the CyCon was the Interactive Cyber Law Toolkit, a web-based resource for legal professionals and students, available online free of charge. CyCon Cyber Commander’s panel presented the cyber commanders of Germany, Italy and the United Stated European Command and Admiral (ret) Michael Rogers discussing military elements in cyber. Information operations and cyber-enabled information operations were constantly brought up as two sides of the influence operations taking place in cyberspace.