Cyber-security: towards a transatlantic approach

EIF Breakfast Debate


Being connected to the Internet exposes us to cyber-attacks, which are changing, evolving and becoming more and more sophisticated.

This breakfast event is designed to discuss the political dimension of the international efforts needed to address specific cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats. The EU and US recently launched a Working Group on Cyber-security and Cyber-crime to increase the transatlantic cooperation on this matter. Improving EU & US Cybersecurity will need the definition of political priorities and an important collaboration between the public and private sectors. The growing sophistication of cyber threats and the interconnected nature of the Internet put cybersecurity beyond the reach of any single government or organisation.

Information security requires an ecosystem in which all types of entities – government agencies, network providers, software developers, device manufacturers, and application companies – play a significant role. To enable smart networks to address threats emerging from rapidly changing information infrastructure, Government policy must encourage coordination and innovation in network security and continued investment in advanced network technologies.

For this event we have the chance to have as our keynote speaker Robert G. Bell, European Secretary of Defense Representative and Advisor to the U.S. Mission to NATO. Over his long career Mr. Bell hold very important positions such as NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment, Special Assistant to President Clinton for National Security Affairs and as the NSC Senior Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control. The other speaker will be Eric Loeb, Vice President, International External and Regulatory Affairs of AT&T, frequent speaker at international conferences on cybersecurity.

Programme - 13/04/2011

Welcome and Introduction:

Ivailo Kalfin, MEP and EIF Member

Keynote speaker:

Robert G. Bell, Secretary of Defense Representative, Europe & Defense Advisor, U.S. Mission to NATO

Guest speaker:

Eric Loeb, Vice President International, External and Regulatory Affairs, AT&T

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