MSC hosting Cyber Security Summit 2018 on May 29 in Tallinn, Estonia

The MSC Cyber Security Summit 2018, co-hosted with Deutsche Telekom on May 29, 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia, brings the MSC Cyber Security and Technology Series to one of the leading cyber hubs in Europe. Alongside the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence’s CyCon conference, the summit will bring together senior decision-makers and cyber experts to discuss the increasingly multi-faceted intersection of cyber security and "traditional" foreign and security policy.

The MSC Cyber Security Summit 2018 takes place on May 29 in Tallinn.

Cyber threats are more multi-faceted than ever: Far from being limited to economic damages from hacks on private information and businesses, the impact on foreign and security policy is enormous. Lacking specialized norms and rules of engagement for cyber space, the ability of states and rogue actors to launch attacks, while remaining undetected and unpunished, is exacerbating the risk of interstate conflict. Fundamental assumptions of traditional security strategies and doctrines are questioned and, potentially, undermined, as cyber tools become a normal instrument of statecraft.

"Our ambition is to bring the Munich Security Conference to places where the action is," MSC Chairman Ischinger stated at last year’s Cyber Security Summit in Tel Aviv. Therefore, the MSC Cyber Security Summit on May 29, 2018 will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, a leading hub of e-governance, IT innovation, and cyber security in Europe. The summit is hosted together with the Deutsche Telekom AG and in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. The full-day program of the summit will feature three on-the-record panel discussions, as well as a number of smaller roundtable sessions under Chatham House Rules – some co-hosted with partners including the Cyber Innovation Hub of the German Bundeswehr, the International Centre for Defense and Security (ICDS), and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Throughout, we will address the most pressing issues in the field of cyber security, for instance: How will cyber warfare change how future conflicts play out? What rules can we devise to restrain aggression in cyber space? How can defense and security policy keep up with the pace of innovation? How can we make our militaries, our infrastructure, and our societies, more resilient against digital interference?

Among the participants from governments, business, academia, and the military are many senior decision-makers and experts: the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, the Estonian Ministers of Foreign Affairs and of Defence, Sven Mikser and Jüri Luik, the EU Commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King, the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, Antonio Missiroli, the Norwegian Armed Forces Chief of Cyber Defence, General Inge Kampenes, and the Inspector of the Cyber and Information Space Command of the German Armed Forces, General Ludwig Leinhos, as well as former Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani.

Over the coming days, we will provide more information about the Cyber Security Summit on Twitter (#MSCcyber), Facebook, and on our website. If you would like to receive regular updates about MSC activities, please sign up for our newsletter.

About the Munich Security Conference
The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is the world's leading platform for debates on international security policy. With over 500 official participants and 300 observers assembled at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, the annual conference provides a unique atmosphere for frank, private and mostly off-the-record exchange on present and future security challenges and solutions. In addition to its annual conference, the MSC Foundation hosts a number of smaller, albeit equally high-profile, events around the world. This includes Core Group Meetings, which have a regional focus, as well as thematic tracks, such as the Cyber Security and Technology Series, the Human Security Series, and the Defense and Security Policy Series, with Summits and Roundtables in different cities around the world.

About the Cyber Security and Technology Series
Technological change continuously transforms the way countries interrelate, develop, and pursue their security at home and abroad. Accordingly, in particular cyber security has become a critical part of the international security agenda in recent years. The growing awareness of this topic is reflected in an increase of debates about norms in the cyber realm, concerns about privacy and encryption, as well as the security of critical infrastructure. In a similar fashion, the impact of technological innovation on the conduct of warfare, such as the development of lethal autonomous weapon systems, are at the center of controversy. The MSC contributes to these debates through a series of events aimed at selected decision-makers at the highest levels of government, academia, the military, the private sector, and civil society.

MSC Summits address an audience of up to 150 high-profile representatives from government, academia, the military, the private sector, and civil society, while also retaining the MSC’s trademark atmosphere of open exchange and frank debates in an exclusive setting. These summits aim to bring together political and economic leaders to develop security strategies against threats from cyberspace and consider the challenges as well as opportunities that accompany technological progress. Cyber Security Summits have been held at Deutsche Telekom Headquarters in Bonn in 2012, 2013, and 2014, in Silicon Valley in 2016, and in Tel Aviv in June 2017.

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22 May 2018, by MSC