SDA cyber-security initiative: Defining cyber-security


On 9 November 2011, the Security & Defence Agenda launched its cyber-security initiative with a high-level debate on "Defining cyber-security", featuring Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Robert G. Bell, Senior Civilian Representative of the Secretary of Defense in Europe & Defense Advisor of the US Ambassador to NATO, Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel, Senior Cyber-Security Advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister, Maj. Gen. Patrick Fermier, Director, NATO C3 Staff, Paul MacGregor, Director, Finmeccanica Cyber Solutions, Troels Oerting, Assistant Director of Europol and Florian Walther, Senior IT-Security Consultant, Curesec.

The need for effective information-sharing, the role of the software industry, the multidimensional approach to cyber-security and the balance between resilience and defence were just some of the issues addressed during this dynamic debate.

The SDA is pleased to present the principal conclusions of the debate in this report.