Facing the cyber-challenge

Moderated by Chatham House

Hosts: Robin Niblett, Claire Yorke, Dave Clemente

Cyberspace has permeated nearly all aspects of modern life and is expanding rapidly as tens of millions of people (and hundreds of millions of devices) go online each year. In the space of two decades our world has been revolutionised by information and communications technology. The opportunities and challenges are immense, and the scale and pace of change are unlike anything that has been experienced before.

However, lacking a model to adequately explain this environment, analysis tends to rely on metaphor and analogy. New ways of thinking are needed to deal with important questions such as:

  • What role should governments and governance play in the regulation of cyberspace?
  • How can security concerns be balanced with privacy rights?
  • How can public-private cooperation enhance national and international efforts to increase security?
  • What manifestations do crime, espionage and conflict have in cyberspace and what are the implications for the well being of society?

The Security Jam and Chatham House invite contributors to assess the landscape of cyberspace, to analyse current trends and challenges and to debate how this growing arena of security might be managed more effectively.            

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VIPs in this forum

  Gen. Stéphane Abrial,
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), NATO

  Isaac Ben-Israel,
Senior Cyber-Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, Israel

  Barbara Contini MP,
Committee on Defence, Senate, Italy

  Lt. Gen. Kurt Herrmann,
Director CIS Services Agency, NATO

  Zsolt Németh,
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hungary

  Norica Nicolai MEP,
Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Security and Defence, European Parliament 

  Patrick Pailloux,
Director General, Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d'Information (ANSSI), France

  Jaan Priisalu,
Director General, Estonian Information Systems Authority

  Jamie Shea,
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO 

  Adm. James Stavridis,
Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), NATO

  Rob Wainwright,
Director, Europol

  Maj. Gen. Jaap Willemse,
Assistant Chief of Staff, C4ISR & NNEC