Cyber-security: Problems outpace solutions

19 December 2013 The SDA is delighted to present the report of its 2013 cyber-security activities. Hundreds participants from NATO, EU institutions, national governments, NGOs, think-tanks, the industry and the media joined speakers such as Jane Lute, former U.S. Homeland Security Deputy Secretary, Paul Timmers, European Commission Director for Sustainable & Secure Society, and Troels Oerting, Head of the EU Cybercrime Centre. Topics ranged from the current skills gap to future cyber-security strategies, Edward Snowden's revelations and online privacy. Find the report here.

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Is it possible to break the ISIS spirit?
The Mesopotamian basin, namely Iraq and Syria, is descending into an increasingly complex and chaotic period. Only by understanding how it has come to this point can we try to find more viable policy options.
Lethal Autonomous Weapons: Issues for the International Community

Guest contribution by Nicholas Marsh and Kristin Bergtora Sandvik. On May 13-16 a United Nations (UN) expert meeting will discuss ‘questions relating to emerging technologies’ in lethal autonomous weapon systems.

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In an unprecedented move, the U.S. government has indicted five Chinese military officials on charges of cyber-espionage, according to Reuters.

“Sexual violence remains a global crime in more than 20 countries, despite the attempts of many countries to fight rape in war zones”, announced UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura on April 24th.

A group of hackers by the name of ‘Cyber Berkut’, in reference to riot police deployed during the Kiev protests, attacked several NATO websites on Saturday and temporarily rendered them inaccessible, according to Defence Talk.