Dr Kenneth Geers

senior fellow, ambassador, NATO Cyber Centre (Mozambique)

Kenneth Geers is an Atlantic Council Senior Fellow and a NATO Cyber Centre Ambassador. Kenneth served for 20 years in the U.S. Government, the Army, National Security Agency (NSA), Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and NATO. In the private sector, he was Senior Global Threat Analyst at FireEye and Senior Research Scientist at Comodo. In academia, he was a Visiting Professor at the National University of Kyiv in Ukraine. His publications include: Strategic Cyber Security, Cyber War in Perspective, The Virtual Battlefield, Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare and many articles on national and cyber security.

Dr Kenneth Geers will be speaking on the following topic:

Keynote Alliance power for cybersecurity

Cybersecurity, like global warming or the coronavirus pandemic, is an international problem that requires an international solution. In the global domain of cyberspace, individual nations are surprisingly limited in what they can do to defend against digital crime, espionage, terror and war. Technical expertise and professionalism are required, but strategic cybersecurity demands collaboration with allies. Today, the European Union (EU) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leverage the combined power of dozens of governments and hundreds of first-class network security, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies to share information, conduct investigations and publish attack attribution. Together, they build trust and isolate adversaries. Authoritarian regimes offer short-term help on cybersecurity that neglects economic development, democracy, the rule of law and human rights. The only credible cyber superpower is an international alliance whose military capacity is surpassed by that of its political, economic and social domains.

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