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The most likely security threat of the 21st century? A cyber attack.

03-07-2014

A simulated one will occur during the FUTURE CRISES conference, which will take place between October 15 and October 17, 2014, in Prague. The international meeting of cyber security experts will be a part of the FUTURE FORCES Exhibition and Conference 2014, under the auspices of AFCEA,   Czech President, Czech Minister of Defence, Chief of the General Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic and National Security Authority.

The FUTURE CRISES conference follows on from the last year’s Future Cyber conference and focuses on cyber security issues with an emphasis on national security. It will offer a platform for sharing information, news and international strategies and approaches. Preparing for threats, i.e. potential cyber attacks, should be a priority of every country. One of the principal partners of the conference is the Czech National Security Authority. Its director, Dušan Navrátil, assigns a lot of importance to cyber security; he will be one of the speakers during the conference and invites the professional community to take part in it: “The National Security Authority invites you to the FUTURE CRISES conference. We will introduce basic concepts of the new cyber security strategy of the Czech Republic there, and you will have an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the role of the new National Cyber Security Centre and the overall state of affairs in the field of cyber security in the Czech Republic.“

Cyber security is a topical issue not just for the protection of strategic assets of the state, but it is becoming increasingly important for police forces as well. Cyber attacks will also be an increasingly frequent mode of crime in the years to come. Commenting on the issue, Associate Professor Josef Požár, Dean of the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague, said: ”The exchange of information on current security threats and technological trends is an important part of any meeting of experts in this field. Cyber security requires cooperation, trust and sharing of information. I would thus like to invite you to Prague, to a meeting of security experts from the whole world – the FUTURE CRISES conference.”

Managing the cyber threat requires perfect collaboration of all elements of the security team. The solutions demonstrated during the simulated attack directly at the PVA EXPO PRAGUE Exhibition Centre in Letnany will be synchronized and analyzed by the new National Cyber Security Centre based in Brno. The processes will be set in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence´s CIRC, National Security Authority, Masaryk University in Brno and others.  

“The conference follows on from successful cyber security activities and initiatives that have taken place in the last eight years and will be this year’s most important cyber security event in the region. We expect that representatives of cyber security communities from all EU and NATO countries will attend it. The essential weapons in the fight against cyber threats include increased security awareness, ongoing training and education, exchange of information among experts and also general public, and keeping track of the latest trends in information technologies and security,” said Petr Jirásek, Chairman of the Cyber Security Working Group and professional guarantor of the conference. “The planned programme includes all fundamental and current areas of cyber security.”

Cyber security experts worldwide view the education mentioned by Petr Jirásek as a top priority. This is why the FUTURE CRISES 2014 conference will pay a lot of attention to this issue. Experts from the United States - Robin „Montana“ Williams, Director of the National Cybersecurity Education & Awareness Branch, Dept of Homeland Security, and his collaborator and predecessor, Ernest L. McDuffle, PhD., of the Lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE); National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – will share their experience and future plans with us. There is a lot of future business potential and many opportunities for educational institutions in this area, and not only in the Czech Republic, where a new cyber security strategy based on two pillars, cooperation and education, is being developed, but worldwide.

 

Other topics of the three-day event will include:

 

The opening speech of the conference will be delivered by General of the Army Petr Pavel, Chief of the General Staff. There will be many interesting personalities among other speakers, such as Prof. Radica Gareva, National Armaments Director, State Advisor for Communication Systems Management; Ministry of Defence of FYROM, or BGen. František Mičánek, Director of the Centre for Security and Military Strategic Studies, Czech Republic, on the first day dedicated to “Defence”; on the second day devoted to “Security”, the speakers appearing at the lectern will include BGen Miloš Svoboda from the General Directorate of the Fire and Rescue Service or  K. Harald Drager, President of TIEMS, from Norway. The last day will focus on “Cyber security” issues and among the speakers will be, inter alia, MGen Frans J. H. Picavet, Former Director NC3 Staff and General Manager of NCOC2 from France, or Dušan Navrátil, Director of the Czech National Security Authority and many others. 

 

You will find more information at www.natoexhibition.org/conference; you may also contact Olga Pešková of the FUTURE FORCES PR Department at telephone number +420 602 394 489.