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“Building Blocks of Global Digitalisation: creating trust, deterrence & policy coordination through cyber diplomacy” Conference

NATO Deputy SecGen Geoana: Cybersecurity is part of the new type of war

Cybersecurity is part of the new type of war, the Deputy Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance, Mircea Geoana, had an intervention on Tuesday via video link at a conference titled “Building Blocks of Global Digitalisation: creating trust, deterrence & policy coordination through cyber diplomacy”.

“Besides disinformation and digital espionage, cybersecurity is part of a new type of war. On the day of the invasion [of Ukraine] by Russia, there were large-scale cyberattacks on the government, army and critical infrastructure. The continuous use of these attacks aims at interrupting or stopping the cyberdefence system of Ukraine,” he said.

In this context, the NATO Deputy Secretary General deemed the consolidation of cybersecurity as “essential to increasing the resilience of our societies and for the security of our people, in peace time, in moments of crisis and in moments of conflict.”

“It’s a crucial aspect for the defence and deterrence roles, that is why it is a priority of the current NATO agenda,” Geoana emphasized.

He also spoke of the allied support that Ukraine is receiving in this domain.

“NATO experts in Brussels frequently exchange information with their Ukrainian counterparts and are offering assistance,” Mircea Geoana said.

The NATO Deputy Secretary General drew attention that Georgia and Bosnia-Herzegovina “present the risk of being targets of Russian aggression.” “So we are supplementing our adapted support, both from a political point of view, as well as a practical one, in order to consolidate resilience and stop other aggressions, including in the cyber domain,” he said.

 

U.S. Embassy representative: Cyber security is a global issue and we need to address it together

 

Cyber security is a global issue and we need to address it together, Megan Bishop, economic officer with the US Embassy in Bucharest, said on Tuesday.

She participated in the conference “Building Blocks of Global Digitalisation: creating trust, deterrence & policy coordination through cyber diplomacy”.

In the current context, Bishop said, collaboration is needed. When it comes to cyber security issues, she said, I emphasize the importance of cooperation, on a serious foundation, namely cyber security and cyber policies. This includes a comprehensive code of cyberspace behavior, responsibility and similar approaches to make accountable the states that do not respect this conduct, she said.

Only together will the states be effective in countering online attacks, Megan Bishop said.

Cyber threats are growing rapidly and it is becoming increasingly important for states to create policies not only for themselves, but to learn from the international community, partners and allies on how to combat malicious attacks, the US embassy official added.

She referred to the concepts of digital freedoms, as well as to the creation of a new vision of digital democracy, which upholds human rights and individual freedoms.

 

British Ambassador Noble: Governments cannot respond to cyber threats on their own

 

Governments cannot respond to cyber threats on their own, but all citizens need to take on the role they have in the online environment, British Ambassador in Bucharest Andrew Noble said on Tuesday.

Attending the conference “Building Blocks of Global Digitalisation: creating trust, deterrence & policy coordination through cyber diplomacy”, the British diplomat said that the cyber environment is becoming a space of confrontation of the different worldviews and values.

He showed that evil-minded states are seeking greater sovereignty that does not respect national borders, citing the actions of countries such as Russia and China.

In this regard, the British ambassador spoke of the need for collective action to counter opponents.

Governments cannot respond to these threats alone. We need the help of society as a whole, namely companies, researchers, technology companies and ordinary citizens. In the UK, we have launched a directive aimed at ordinary citizens, so as to make sure that they know their individual role in national defence and are not just a vector of someone else’s attack. Everyone has a role to play in shaping a safer, more prosperous and more open cyberspace, he said.

Andrew Noble also highlighted the need for rules to “govern” cyberspace.

The more we are, the stronger we are when it comes to holding those responsible for cyberattacks. It is important to shape the rules of common governance of the digital world. We will have an inclusive approach that holds in high esteem human rights and counteracts authoritarian tendencies and that will continue to promote the UN framework for responsible cyber-behavior, he went on to say.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

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