WHAT IS CYBERSEC
The CYBERSEC Forum is one of the biggest cybersecurity events in Europe and one of its kind in Poland. Every year since 2015 the conference has been hosting like-minded individuals to discuss and contextualise the threats, challenges and opportunities following the development of new technologies, the expansion of cyberspace and the digitalization of our everyday lives.
The CYBERSEC Forum represents our vision for an alliance forged by countries that share views on how to deal with the ever present challenges posed by technology, the emerging cyber threats and a worrying rise of an increasingly adversarial Internet. The forum is also a platform for discussing and deepening the understanding of how to better harness the power of tech and digital solutions for the betterment of society through constructive dialogue. But CYBERSEC is even more than that. It has formed a diverse, worldwide community of politicians, distinguished academics, representatives of the private sector and important international institutions whose combined expertise will help provide a safe road map for the creation and implementation of a truly global cybersecurity system built upon shared values.
CYBERSEC’s mission is to foster the building of a safe Global cybersecurity system framework in a sprawling alliance of like-minded partners by offering a dedicated collaborative platform for governments, international organisations, and key private-sector organisations.
The 2020 edition of the CYBEREC Forum, with its central theme of Together Against Adversarial Internet, will provide a space to discuss the way forward for building cybersecurity in the new digital reality. We do believe that 2020 is a year when cybersecurity tops the political and strategic agendas of many organisations and countries.
28-29 September 2015 marks the beginning of our CYBERSEC journey. Back then the conference brought together 400 participants including key industry stakeholders, prominent decision-makers, experts and academics to discuss the Strategic Challenges for Cybersecurity. Common points of convergence included the critical role and responsibility of states and private entities in ensuring a safe cyberspace through systematic supervision and proactive protection of their key assets.
The 2nd edition of the CYBERSEC Forum shed light on the Strategic Aspects of Cybersecurity. Across four different thematic streams (State, Military, Future, Business), our speakers and participants discussed the most pressing issues at that time and formulating the following action items: build sub-regional frameworks (such as the V4) to encourage a widespread creation of practical instruments and implementation of best practices, establish a system of incentives in regulatory practices related to cybersecurity for implementation by states and move away from the “one-size-fits-all” approach to developing tools to ward off attacks by malign actors such as terrorists or spies.
Dealing with Cyber Disruption was the overarching theme of the 3rd edition of CYBERSEC Forum. Being convinced that technology should exist to propel mankind and not threaten its future, we felt it was necessary to use our sizeable platform to increase awareness about this issue that has become a top policy concern and a national security priority. To that end, across 4 Streams & 80 panel discussions the participants to the conference engaged in a strategic dialogue on how to deal with cyber disruption in an holistic manner. Similarly to the past editions, our goal was to develop sound and practical recommendations for maintaining and strengthening our security in the cyber world.
The Quest For Cyber Trust
Nothing can be built without trust. In the case of cybersecurity, trust is a critical value that underpins cooperation in order to build a thriving digital ecosystem and increase a common understanding of its rules. But how do we make it happen? CYBERSEC 2018 focused on bringing answers to that very question. The common sentiment among our speakers and participants was best enunciated during the second day of the conference: trust is only possible if the necessary tools and the will to act quickly without hesitation are present.
Securing the World’s Digital DNA
Held for the first time in the lovely city of Katowice, the CYBERSEC Forum 2019 followed in the footsteps of its previous grand editions by bringing forth an agenda that again reflected the latest challenges of the digital era, with a primary focus on finding ways to secure and harness the power of the world’s digital DNA.
Founded in 2000 as a non-profit organisation. Its mission is to act in the interest of the socio-economic development and security of Poland as a proactive member of the European Union and NATO.
At the Kosciuszko Institute we specialize in producing strategic recommendations for Polish and Europeans decision-makers alike always in a fair, independent and completely non-partisan manner. We and our fellows pride ourselves in preparing and presenting implementable and practical solution frameworks which benefit civil society and the private sector alike.
While CYBERSEC Forum is our flagship conference we have organized several other initiatives including CYBERSEC EXPO, CYBERSEC HUB and #CyberMadeInPoland. Drawing upon the Three Seas Initiative, the Kosciuszko Institute launched in 2018 the Digital 3 Seas Initiative which proposes solutions to tackle technology and cybersecurity within this international framework.
Among the numerous partners collaborating with our Institute, we should mention Polish and European public institutions, international organisations, national champions representing different sectors of the economy, world’s business leaders, top-tier think tanks from Poland and abroad, and the most influential, opinion-forming media. Since 2017, member of Global EPIC – a Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems Partnership in Innovation and Cybersecurity, gathering 13 entities from 9 countries of the world.
We’re most grateful that our Institute’s project count with the support and patronage of any partners chief among them the European Parliament, the European Commission, NATO, the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland, the Chancellery of the President of Poland, the National Security Bureau, the Ministry of Digital Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of the Interior and Administration, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction, the Ministry of Finance, the Government Security Centre, the Supreme Audit Office, the Ministry of Energy, the National Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the World Bank.