Evolving Nature of Cyber Security: Digital Warfare on the Eastern Front

Course date: 6-13 July 2019

Today the definition of the concept of security now is wider and deeper than ever before. At the end of the 20th century Barry Buzan, Professor of International Relations, distinguished five dimensions of security – military, political, economic, societal and environmental. In the early 21st century rapid processes of computerisation and digitalization underlying the development of cyberspace constituted an increasing serious new form of threat to national security.  These processes marked the reconceptualization of security perception and the establishment of a new concept – cyber security.

The shift in paradigm as well as in visualization has been confirmed with the events in the early 21st century, when first cases of the offensive, massive use of cyber-attacks were recorded, e.g. events in Estonia in April 2007 when a political debate between Tallinn and Moscow on the removal of a Soviet war memorial led to the cyber-attack of unprecedented scale that swamped websites of Estonian organizations, including Estonian parliament, banks, ministries, newspapers and broadcasters. Since then cyberspace became an arena of activities that threaten not only the security of classified information but also the functioning of critical infrastructure. These changes encouraged states and international organisations to consider new countermeasures to adapt to the new security situation.

Since the events in Estonia, every year Lithuania encounters a number of cyber-attacks the majority of which is related to Russian intelligence and security services and directed mostly against the state sector and the states’ objects of critical infrastructure. Considering the developing Russian cyber capabilities and successful operations in cyberspace, it is likely that Russia’s activities in cyberspace will grow in the future. In response to that it is of great importance to strengthen awareness of threats emerging in cyberspace and possible countermeasures against them.

Course content

Cyber Security Course will provide an opportunity to get understanding about today’s cyber security world, including the emerging cyber-threats and increasing cyber-attacks. The course will address legal, political and technical aspects of cyber security. It will provide a chance to get in-depth understanding about cyber-defence and possible countermeasures, get involved into discussion about international, regional and national cyber security issues and strengthen awareness about existing cyber-threats.

PROGRAMME

SATURDAY, 6 JULY
18.00 – 20.00 Ms Jurgita Jakevičiūtė

Dr Erikas Kaukas

ORIENTATION | ICE BREAKING SESSION

WELCOME COCKTAIL

SUNDAY, 7 JULY
10.00 – 12.30 TOUR AROUND OLD TOWN OF VILNIUS
12.30 – 14.00 FREE TIME
14.00 – 15.30 TEAM BUILDING in PUZZLE ROOMS
MONDAY, 8 JULY
09.00 – 09.50   INTRODUCTION | Evolving Nature of Cyber Security
10.00 – 10.50 LECTURE | Lithuanian Way in Centralizing Cyber Security
11.00 – 11.50 LECTURE | Cyber Rapid Response Teams and Mutual Assistance in Cyber Security
12.00 – 12.50   LECTURE | Cyber Security Problem on Global Internet and Cyber Threats Landscape
12.50 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 14.50   LECTURE | Cyber Threats & Response
15.00 – 15.50
16.00 – 16.50 PRACTICAL SESSION & DISCUSSION
TUESDAY, 9 JULY
10.00 – 10.50   LECTURE | The Impossibility of Cyber Regulation and What to Do About It
11.00 – 11.50
12.00 – 12.50
12.50 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 14.50   LECTURE | From Cyber to Information Warfare: Assessing the Interconnection of Threats
15.00 – 15.50
16.00 – 16.50 PRACTICAL SESSION & DISCUSSION
17.30 – 19.00   OPEN SESSION | Strengthening National Resilience Against Hybrid Threats
WEDNESDAY, 10 JULY
10.00 – 10.50   LECTURE | Cybersecurity and Preparedness to Face Cyber Attacks: From the Perspective of Global Companies
11.00 – 11.50 WORKSHOPS
12.00 – 12.50
12.50 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 14.50   Cyber Security in Energy Sector
15.00 – 15.50
16.00 – 16.50 PRACTICAL SESSION & DISCUSSION
THURSDAY, 11 JULY
FREE DAY
FRIDAY, 12 JULY
10.00 – 10.50   LECTURE | Challenges in Evolving Safe Software and Hardware Equipment
11.00 – 11.50
12.00 – 12.50 PRACTICAL SESSION & DISCUSSION
12.50 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 15.30   JOINT LECTURE & DISCUSSION | NATO's Contribution to The Enhancement of the Baltic Sea Region’s Security
15.40 – 16.30   FINAL REMARKS | Current Situation and Perspectives of Security Situation in the Baltic States
16.30 – 17.00 FINAL REMARKS |AWARDING CEREMONY
20.00 FAREWELL EVENING
SATURDAY, 13 JULY
DEPARTURE

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