The 34th International Workshop on Global Security was held in Paris in December 2017, with the Patronage of the French Minister of the Armed Forces. It was presented in partnership with the French Institute for Higher Defense Studies (IHEDN), within the Prime Minister’s organization, as well as the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI), the U.S. Department of Defense (Net Assessment) and Cisco. Additional sponsorship3 was provided by Fujitsu, McAfee, Area SpA, and CISQ. The workshop theme was “Global Security in the Age of Hacking and Information Warfare: Is Democracy at Stake?”
The keynote speakers were Minister Mounir Mahjoubi, the Minister of State for the Digital Sector, attached to the French Prime Minister; Ambassador Tacan Ildem, NATO Asst. Secretary General for Public Diplomacy; General Olivier Bonnet de Paillerets, Cybercommander, French Ministry of the Armed Forces; Mr. Anthony Grieco, Chief Trust Strategy Officer, Cisco; the Rt Hon. the Lord Browne of Ladyton, former U.K. Secretary of State for Defence, and The Lord Harris of Haringey. Major General Tatsuhiro Tanaka was the Fujitsu key speaker. Among the NATO speakers were Ambassadors Jiří Šedivý (Czech Republic), Michael Zilmer-Johns (Denmark), Luis de Almeida Sampaio (Portugal), and Mehmet Fatih Ceylan (Turkey); Dr. Jamie Shea, Deputy Asst. Secretary General for Emergency Security Challenges; Mr. Kevin J. Scheid, the General Manager of the NATO NCI Agency; Ms. Merle Maigre, Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence in Estonia, and Mr. Jānis Sārts, Director of the Strategic Communications Center of Excellence in Latvia.
Principal findings and key concerns. Although cyber threats are growing rapidly and terrorism is a vital concern of many NATO countries, the most immediate danger is the ruthless and highly effective cyber and information war that Russia is waging against the United States, as well as other NATO countries and partners. Russia’s political intervention is a grave danger since it represents a threat to our democracies.