On February 2, day two of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), EWI President John Mroz moderated a high-level panel of experts addressing major challenges in cybersecurity. The session, titled “Cyber Security: Crime Prevention or Warfare,” touched on many controversial facets of this new domain of conflict.
In an interview conducted by Slovenia's Delo after the panel, Mroz asserted that, in looking at "companies, organizations and governments, there’s no cyber warfare, but a lot of industrial espionage going on, not just by Russians and Chinese. Democratic countries are in the game, too."
The session was chaired by Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich, Germany’s Federal Minister of the Interior. The panelists were:
René Obermann Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Telekom AG
Keith B. Alexander General, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency, Central Security Service
John Suffolk Global Cyber Security Officer, Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd.
Jane Holl Lute Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security, United States of America
Neelie Kroes Vice President of the European Commission; Commissioner for the Digital Agenda
To frame the discussion, EWI introduced a paper on cybersecurity policy. It offers six ideas for policy action, oriented around combating cyber crime and promoting strategic stability in preparation for cyber conflict. These ideas include a call for the establishment of a trusted entity to collect information on security breaches, as well as an increase in Track 2 diplomatic processes on strategic cyber issues.
This annual conference, organized by EWI board member Wolfgang Ischinger, brings together international leaders from the public and private sectors to address an array of prominent security concerns. Visit the MSC website to learn more.
Click here to access the original interview text in Slovenian.