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CONFRONTING CYBERTERRORISM (Prague)

      

CONFRONTING CYBERTERRORISM: TACKLING POLITICAL ASPECTS OF CYBERSECURITY
CSFI was honored to be part of the panel for this important event which took place at The European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic. This event was organized by the Association for International Affairs in cooperation with the U.S. Office of Naval Research Global, the Estonian Embassy in Prague and the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Prague.

Paul de Souza and Tomáš Karásek (Panelists)
CSFI and Association for International Affairs

Cyber security has become a much debated issue. After the attacks on Estonia and Georgia, the topic gained broad attention and subsequently was raised to the very top of security agendas of both Euro-Atlantic institutions (including the 2008 Report on the Implementation of the European Security Strategy and the 2010 NATO Strategic Concept) and their member states (as documented by recent releases of cyber security strategies in the U.S., Britain or Germany).

The issue of cyber security has proven to be difficult to comprehensively manage, as it covers many different, seemingly disparate areas – information technologies, domestic and international law, intelligence, military and defense issues, politics and international relations. On the other hand, this is hardly a completely new situation. During the past decades, states have been confronted with various security threats, which defied neat compartmentalization and required a complex, multi-institutional and cross-border approach (terrorism could serve as an instructive example).

Ilmar Tamm and Eneken Tikk  (Panelists)
Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Estonia
Head of the Legal and Policy Branch

The main objective of this event was to educate the international community on politically motivated cyber-attacks and the complexities and challenges of responding to cyber terrorism from a law and policy views. During the exercise, the panelists had the opportunity to work as one international decision-making body as we discussed fictional cyber-attacks against state actors. It is important to stress the high quality exercise run by Mr. Lauri Almann. CSFI recommends his exercise for any event organizer serious about law and policy of cyber armed conflicts.

Lauri Almann, (Panelist) President, European Cyber Security Initiative, Estonia

Eduardo Gelbstein, (Panelist) Adjunct Professor, Webster University, Geneva, former Director of the International Computing Centre of the United Nations.

The Czech Republic is currently engaged in a cyber transformation across the nation, with exciting initiatives covering  national cyber security strategy, cyber law and policy and the creation of a state of the art national CERT by 2015.  CSFI is engaged in helping this important US ally in achieving its cyber security goals and would like to invite our CSFI supporters to do the same.
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I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to manage and run one of the biggest and most active forums on the Internet dealing with cyber warfare and cyber security – CSFI (The Cyber Security Forum Initiative). With over 16 years of cyber security experience, I continue to actively raise Cyber Warfare/Cyber Security awareness worldwide. I have worked as a Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where I designed and approved secure networks for MSS. I have also consulted for several governments, military and private institutions on best network security practices throughout my career.

CSFI and its divisions CSFI-CWD (Cyber Warfare Division), CSFI-LPD (Law and Policy Division) and CSFI-WD (Wireless Division) continue to grow and expand with more than 60,000 information security members.

One of my personal goals is to serve our security community to the best of my abilities, in the protection and defense of our American national security interests, the American people, and that of our international partners. I am always ready to serve and to give of my time and skills to help our society with the growing problems we experience in cyberspace. I thank God and my family for the opportunities I have had in life and the most precious of all opportunities, which is the chance to serve others. I love what I do, and I appreciate all the support I have received from friends, family and our CSFI members.

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Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder Director