On October 16, 2014, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) arranged a seminar on cybersecurity.
The cross-boundary nature of cyber threats make international responses particularly important. How are the EU and NATO responding?
Increasing reliance on cyberspace brings new opportunities but also new threats. Everything from financial transactions, health services, communications and military operations are increasingly integrated with and dependent on cyberspace.
This reliance make governments and societies more vulnerable to those – criminals, terrorists, foreign intelligence services – who seek to exploit or harm critical data and systems. Examples include the Stuxnet computer "worm” that crippled the Iranian nuclear power program in 2010, and the 2007 massive website attacks on Estonia.
NATO and the EU have each recently presented their own cybersecurity strategies. What purposes do these strategies serve? What is the quality of the risk analysis behind them? Which are the lessons to be learned on how new cybersecurity strategies should be designed?
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, PRIO.
Lars Nicander, Director for The Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies (CATS) at the Swedish National Defence College.
Thomas Elkjer Nissen, Military Researcher at the Royal Danish Defence College.
Ulrik Franke, Senior Scientist at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI).
The seminar was moderated by Johan Eriksson, Head of Research at UI.