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2017 Cyber Security Summit III: Cyber Program and Workforce Development

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The third International Cyber Summit of this year was held at the National University of Public Service. The event that hosted 30 experts from 9 different countries focused on cyber program and workforce development. The conference was organised by the Hungarian Ministry of Defence and the Joint Cyber Center of the United States European Command.

The event was opened by Mr. Christopher Brown of United States EUCOM Joint Cyber Center. Mr. Brown thanked the Hungarian Ministry of Defence for its cooperation, and also explained that the focus of this event is on the development and build-up of cyber programs, and last but not least cyber-security threats. It was also a vital event as far as cyber-security trainings were concerned: next to networking, the participants can also get to know the good practices of other nations in this field.

From the Hungarian Ministry of Defence’s side, Colonel Talabos Tibor of the Electronic Information-protection Department greeted the participants. He also stressed the importance of the summit and also making the public aware that there is a cyber-space around them and there are dangerous threats involved in that. Col. Donald Baker, Senior Defense Attaché of the United States Embassy in Budapest expressed his content on seeing both civilian and military experts at the event, since both side are important and he hoped that the cooperation can continues into the future.

Lt Col. Jose Luis Quintero Villarroya from the Coordination Branch of the Spanish Joint Cyber Command continued the presentation talking about the Spanish methods of cyber-security. He told the audience that the cyber-space is a new phenomenon, which has no clear borders yet. Cyber- attacks threaten nations with their incredible speed and unpredictability. Spain is planning and executing various cyber-military actions since 2013 and consider guarding the cyber-space as their main task. Lt Col. Quintero Villarroya finished his speech further reminding everybody about the importance of cooperation in cyber issues.

The program continued with Col. Douglas Huffman, Cyber Operations Advisor to US EUCOM who introduced the Center founded in 2010 and encompassing 133 teams with 6000 staff. Their motto is partnerships and team work, since these never before seen cyber-attacks can only be fend off jointly. Col. Huffman underlined that no nation should face this threat alone.

Lt Col. Michael Fraas, Chief Future Development at the recently founded German Cyber Command continued by introducing the new Command and also remarked that, in a few years, cyber operations are going to be just as integral in any military operation like army or air force assets. The objectives of the newly established Command are still under development, but they will definitely include the defence of Germany from cyber-attacks, innovative IT management, cyber and information security including cryptology, and it also includes HR as a cornerstone of the whole organisation. Lt Col. Fraas netioned that there is a lack of staff in this field the the University of Federal Armed Forces in Munich is supposed to change that. Currently there are 200 students attending it with full-time scholarship for four years. Here they gain the necessary knowledge, so later they can work as experts in this profession. The Command places great emphasis on equal right too, so female officers and mother can participate in the program as well.

Col. Károly Kassai from the Cyber Defence Centre of the Military National Security Service in Hungary concluded the first morning session of the event. He said that the first Cyber Security Strategy of Hungary was created in 2013, revised in 2015 and that they are working on a revision this year too. There is also a ministry program running since 2015 until 2018 that aims at modernising the IT systems including cyber security measures. Experts have to face with the use of false terminology or the complete lack of it, and also the organisation of topical trainings.

During the course of the two-day-long event, experts will be discussing the role of military cyber-security experts, the training of cyber inspectors and how can one build a world class system of security measures.