Live broadcast: international cyber conflict conference CyCon 2016

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8th International Conference on Cyber Conflict is held on 1-3 June 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia. 

31 May is dedicated as the CyCon workshops day. Focusing on the theme of Cyber Power, CyCon 2016 will ask how the traditional concept of power applies to cyberspace. 

After opening words by President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, lecturers include Thomas Rid (King’s College London), Martin C. Libicki (RAND), Mikko Hypponen (F-Secure), David E. Sanger (The New York Times) and Jaan Tallinn (Future of Life Institute).

The issues to be covered include international cooperation, technical challenges and requirements, conflict in cyberspace, legal framework, regulations and standards.

CyCon is organised by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. Every year, over 500 decision-makers and experts from government, military and industry from all over the world approach the conference’s key theme from legal, technology and strategy perspectives, often in an interdisciplinary manner. 

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is an International Military Organisation with a mission to enhance the capability, cooperation and information sharing among NATO, its member nations and partners in cyber defence by virtue of education, research and development, lessons learned and consultation.

The centre is the yearly host of  Locked Shields, a word leading exercise for defence of computer networks.  

To be printed at end of this year at Cambridge University press, its Tallinn Manual 2.0 is a manual on international cyber law research and education. In collaboration with distinguished international law scholars and practitioners, the Centre has developed a program consisting of two pillars — a comprehensive research agenda and practitioner-oriented training opportunities. 

The centre is open to all NATO members with Estonia, Spain, Holland, Italy, Greece, Lithuanian, Latvia, Poland, France, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Turley, Hungary, USA and the UK its sponsorship states. Austria and Finland have joined as partners.

The centre is financed and manned by member states and it is not part of NATO military structure.

June 1

All times local (GMT +2)

09:00   Opening Remarks, Mr Sven Sakkov, Director of the NATO CCDCOE

09:10    H.E. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia

09:40   Mr Martin Stropnický, Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic

10:10   Adm Manfred Nielson, Deputy SACT

June 2

All times local (GMT +2)

09:00   Thomas Rid, King’s College London, Rise of the Machines

09:30   Martin C. Libicki, RAND, Why Information Warfare is Coming Back

June 3

All times local (GMT +2)

11:00   Jan Neutze, Microsoft

11:30     David Sanger, The New York Times, Avoiding Cyber Conflict Among Nations: Lessons from the Nuclear Age, the Cold War and the Drone Wars                

12:00   Jaan Tallinn, Future of Life Institute

12:30   Closing Remarks, Mr Sven Sakkov, Director of the NATO CCDCOE