Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructure: Strengthening Confidence Building in the OSCE
This conference, to be opened by OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, will focus on the protection of critical infrastructure, a key concern of national security, by strengthening the implementation of selected OSCE confidence-building measures (CBMs) to reduce the risks of conflict stemming from the use of information and telecommunication technologies (ICTs).
Given the importance of critical infrastructure to national security and the rapid expansion of the cyber space, it has become more and more likely that tensions will arise between States over ICT incidents involving critical infrastructure. Consequently, efforts to enhance cyber stability between States, which can prevent tensions and even conflicts, increasingly focus on effectively protecting critical infrastructure from cyber/ICT security threats.
The discussion will take stock of potential ICT-related threats to critical infrastructure and their consequences, explore how public-private partnerships in critical infrastructures can deal with potential ICT-related threats, and debate the compatibility between the maintenance of an open and secure cyber environment and the requirements of civil liberties and privacy in the internet.
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