The first virtual International Conference on Cyber Conflict, CyCon, organised by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) opens today at 15:00 pm EEST (UTC+3). The community-building event introduces recent scientific research and best practices from both public and private sector. Registration to the event stays open until the last day of the event.
“CyCon has been the meeting place for the global cyber community for more than a decade. This year the format might be different, but in essence this four-day virtual hub has the same aim – to showcase recent academic achievements, debate on critical topics and shed light on innovative approaches,” says Col Jaak Tarien, Director of the CCDCOE. “The CCDCOE team has made an effort to introduce new highlights and for the first time CyCon is tackling recent cyber security challenges in EU, intersection of space and cyber and the role of disinformation in military operations.”
As a longstanding tradition the opening address of the event is made by the Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid. Other keynote speakers include Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, David van Weel, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges. Keynote speakers also include experts from companies leading innovation in cybersecurity, such as Dmitri Alperovitch, Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, Philip Quade, Chief Information Security Officer at Fortinet, Casper Klynge, Microsoft’s Vice President for European Government Affairs and Massimo Tedeschi, Chief Technology Officer at Leonardo. In addition insights will be shared by Graham Cluley,an award-winning independent security blogger, Bruce W. Watson, chief scientist at IP Blox, Prof. Karine Bannelier-Christakis, professor in International Law, Dr François Delerue, law researcher and Neal Kushwaha, acclaimed cyber expert.
The central theme of CyCon 2021 – Going Viral – alludes to the implications of human crises (such as the pandemic) for cybersecurity and cyberspace. It also sets out to encourage discussions on the impact of the rapid proliferation and high unpredictability the processes in cyberspace are prone to.
Photos of the CyCon 2021 Workshop Day on May 25th can be found here