Panel: Can cyber security make or brake a successful e-society?

Panel is moderated by Mr Raul Rikk, e-Governance Academy Director of National Cyber Security

National cyber security measures should support information society development. Sometimes it is so, but sometimes it is not. It is relatively easy to underestimate modern cyber risks and take security for granted. A logical consequence of this negligence is vulnerable cyberspace. At the same time it is also easy to exaggerate cyber threats and make security rules too strong and complicated, so that a natural development of an e-society will be disturbed or stopped entirely.

The question is how to find an appropriate balance between security and e-services development? How to turn cyber security into an effective tool supporting the evolution of a smart information society? How to create cyber security solutions for innovation, which would speed up growth of digital state?

Eastern Partnership countries are on their way to developing networked societies and electronic governance. The global information society indexes such as ICT Development Index, Networked Readiness Index and e-Government Development Index show, that Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are relatively dependent on a well-functioning cyberspace. Therefore, it is important to address issues that would support the development of a secure e-society.

Questions raised during the panel:
During the panel we would like to discuss topics, which are important from the state perspective:

  • Digital dependency is growing. Is cyber security a national security issue or a problem for IT nerds?
  • Are cyber threats exaggerated, or the reality is worse? How to create a realistic threat picture?
  • Should a national cyberspace treated and protected the same way as the territory of the state?
  • Who should be responsible for a national cyber security implementation and development?
  • Security is expensive. How much cyber security is enough?
  • How to handle complexity in the cyber security field? How to develop knowledge and manage specific capabilities?
  • Is digital sovereignty possible in cyberspace?
  • Is international cooperation effective in the field of national cyber security? How to handle the trust-issue?
  • How should a nation implement cyber security in order to promote, not stop national digital development?
  • How should we deal with security in the future, when new technologies appear (driverless cars, robots, Internet of things, etc.)?

P.S. Spelling error in panel title is intentional – while there are factors that can “brake” or slow down an e-society, we believe that nothing can really completely destroy or “break” it

Who is the Conference for?

Government decision makers and strategists from countries implementing national e-Governance strategies,

Donor organisations supporting development of open, transparent and efficient governance practices via IT solutions

Companies developing e-Governance applications and assisting governments with their implementation

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