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The Future of Cyber Warfare

Cyberwarfare has transformed the definition of war. Intoday’s information warfare the protection of our citizens and our societies has become agreat challenge, as the logic of deterrence can no longer be applied.

The revolution within the telecommunications industry gave way to an unprecedented level of global development. As we experience an increasing dependence on our digital networks ( financial systems, energy infrastructure, political systems, and communication tools) in a progressively interconnected digital world, on one hand our societies are facing immense possibilities of growth, while on the other hand huge numbers of widespread cyber-attacks find daily the most vulnerable spots of our systems.

In the cyber era where cyberspace became an independent domain next to land, air, space and maritime domains, states and non-state actors can in an invisible way strike our critical infrastructures, our businesses, our service networks, and any forms of human communication without crossing any physical ; Cyberwarfare has transformed the definition and meaning of war. In today’s information warfare the protection of our citizens and our societies has become a great challenge, as the logic of deterrence can no longer be ;

As the nature of warfare has been transformed, the international community as well as individual states need to adapt fast, otherwise the faith and trust in democratic institutions and in the global systems will collapse, bringing an unknown size of damage to our free world. Prevention, protection and resilience building requires a cross-policy approach, as in this case national security and law enforcement bodies can tackle the danger only until a certain level.

The European Commission’s updated Cybersecurity Strategy and the European Council’s newly proposed cyber diplomacy toolbox outlines the possible instruments to build resilience and to counter cyber threats. The European Commission’s recent proposal to allow a permanent mandate for the ENISA is a first step towards the reinforcement of a European-level cooperation and towards the creation of an effective deterrence against cyber-attacks. The European Defence Agency’s invaluable work on strengthening cyber capability of member states and also being responsible for the synergy between the EU and NATO has to be acknowledged. The European Union in close cooperation with NATO is part of the implementation of cyber defence strategies since the NATO Summit taking place in Wales (2014). This close cooperation made it possible for non-NATO members also to be closely involved in the defence of our technology networks and systems.




- Registration and Light Breakfast

- Welcoming Remarks

Ildikó Voller-Szenci, Head of Brussels Office, Antall József Knowledge Centre

Tomi Huhtanen, Executive Director, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies


- Impulse Statement

Károly Dán, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the OSCE, the UN

and Other International Organizations in Vienna

- Keynote Speech

Antonio Missiroli, Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO



The first panel discussion will be dedicated to the topic of countering the complex threat of a cyber war on a supranational level. It poses the question whether the tools currently available to our international organizations are sufficient enough for protecting the states and the citizens in a digital era. Which are the major challenges and possible solutions for deterring and countering cyber attacks? How can we better cooperate within the European Union and on a transatlantic level in a digitalised world? How successful our cyber diplomacy can be?


Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Head of Cyber Policy Coordination, European External Action Service

Sico Van Der Meer, Cyber Security Research Fellow, Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael'

Moderator: Jan Havránek, Head of Policy Planning Unit of the Office of the NATO Secretary General, NATO

– Q&A Session

- Coffee Break



The second panel will discuss the issue of cyber attacks from the individual member state’s point of view, focusing on national security strategies. The ideal cyber security ecosystem depends on the individual member state. The discussion targets the question of capability development (Cyber-soldiers, Education, R&D) and the role of private companies and service providers within. The limits of preventive measures that can be undertaken by the member states against an attack will be debated in this panel.


Csaba Krasznay, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Cybersecurity Academy, National University of Public Service, Hungary

Mira Milosevich-Juaristi, Senior Analyst at Elcano Royal Institute, Spain

Matthias Schulze, Associate, International Security Research Division, SWP - German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany

Gal Perl Finkel, Analyst, Military & Strategic Affairs and the Cyber Security Program Coordinator, The Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Izabela Albrycht, Chair, The Kosciuszko Institute, Poland

Moderator: Zsolt Csepregi, International Coordinator, Antall József Knowledge Centre

– Q&A Session


- Closing Remarks

Harry Alex Rusz, Representative to the Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the EU, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union

- Networking Lunch


11 Apr 2018 @ 08:30 am

11 Apr 2018 @ 02:00 pm

Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes


Hotel Renaissance

19 Rue du Parnasse

1050 Bruxelles


Organised by

Antall József Knowledge Centre

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