Cyberspace as a Battleground for Attacking Democracy. How to Defend It?

This year, the topic of cybersecurity will be widely discussed at the Economic Forum in Krynica. Representatives of European institutions, experts on the problem of cyber conflict, will discuss the scale of current threats and how to address them.

This year, the topic of cybersecurity will be widely discussed at the Economic Forum in Krynica. Representatives of European institutions, experts on the problem of cyber conflict, will discuss the scale of current threats and how to address them. The moderator of this very interesting panel is Andrzej Kozłowski, the editor of the CyberDefence24 portal and an expert of the Kazimierz Pułaski Foundation. About the ways and possibilities of stopping network aggression, he will ask Sigurdur Emil Palsson, advisor to the Head of Cybernetic Security at the Icelandic Ministry of Transport and Local Government, Cyrille Bret – representative of the French Naval Group and Gordan Akrap – founder of the Croatian Institute for Hybrid War Research. On the Polish side, the panel will be attended by Krzysztof Liedel – world-class expert from the Centre for Terrorism Research Collegium Civitas and the President of the Kosciuszko Institute, chairwoman of the Organisational Committee of the European Cyber-Security Forum – CYBERSEC – Izabela Albrycht.

Presidential elections in the USA, the referendum on the exit of Britain from the EU, intensification of populist movements in Europe, attack on the Swiss laboratory, attempts to hack the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, the famous attack on Estonia. The cyber-war problem is on the increase. Military intelligence of third countries, using groups of hackers are intensifying their offensive in order to destabilise the countries of the broadly-understood West. Are we on the verge of cyberwar? How to win this confrontation within the framework of today’s alliances?

Discussants will look for answers to questions which, in the face of so many ruthless attacks on democratic institutions, are certainly born in many minds. How secure we are as citizens, both as individuals and as a society. Is cyberwar a ‘war’? How – and whether – can the state be protected from network piracy, subsidised by third countries?

The common policy of the European Union should protect the countries – members of the structure. Will the answer to the challenge be the creation of common EU cyber force? Should we give European defence in the hands of NATO, or rather leave the defence to individual state institutions?

We would like to invite you to a panel, which will certainly be an interesting and, as we believe, an important contribution to strengthening European cooperation in the common fight against digital threats.