June 25, 2019 - Brussels     

 Current elections campaigns in Europe and Ukraine are undoubtedly due to show us the real scale of the Russian cyber threat. The European continent has turned out to be a digital battlefield where hackers, in particular state-sponsored ones, test and improve their skills. Cyber-attacks such as Not-Petya showed that Ukraine and Europe are closely interconnected and the common plan of actions is needed to resist the cyber threat, be it through public, private or civil society sphere.  

Being a civil society organization Promote Ukraine with support of the partners organizes the conference “Behind the digital curtain. Civil society vs state sponsored attacks”.

We seek to answer following questions:

·         How does the Kremlin combine hardware, software & soft power in relations with other states?

·         What are the effects of cyber operations of Russia against other states on its policy goals?

·         How do cyberoperations threaten the information public square that is critical to the stability and growth of Russian society and the rest of Europe?

·         Are governments and private companies likely to discover and attribute cyber operations?

·         What are the vulnerabilities of internet of things and devices that control critical infrastructure?

·         What are financial, legal, reputational and other consequences for state sponsored cyber actors and foreign companies that participate in the attacks?

·         What are relations between Russia and its hackers? Where does Russia find them? How does Russia treat them once their attacks are discovered?

·         Cybersecurity in War: no Internet & smart phones for soldiers?

·         What is cyber impact on the elections in Ukraine and in Europe?

Current version of the Program