2019 Annual Meeting of the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN), Vienna/Austria

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN) was held at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, on 8-12 July 2019. Several ISS staff members attended the meeting, and Marco Macori gave a presentation titled “Master in Nuclear Security (MiNS) at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences – A Program Overview”. The network’s mission is to enhance global nuclear security by developing, sharing and promoting excellence in nuclear security education. Find below a group picture, and Marco Macori with Dr. Johannes Sterba, the current INSEN Chair.

International Cybersecurity Congress, Moscow/Russia

Guido Gluschke participated as panelist in the International Cybersecurity Congress, which took place in Moscow in the World Trade Centre on June 20–21, 2019. His presentation gave an overview on educational cyber security activities in the field of nuclear and energy, and it addressed international trainings, professional development, faculty engagement and cyber security exercises within the energy sector. The Congress facilitated discussions among government officials, world business leaders and leading cybersecurity experts on the most relevant and pressing cybersecurity issues affecting the global digital transformation.

A video of the panel can be viewed here: VIDEO

World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa – Dead Sea/Jordan

Guido Gluschke participated as panelist in the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, which was held in the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre at the Dead Sea in Jordan on April 6-7, 2019. By 2025, more than 25 billion devices will be connected to the internet and 10 million autonomous vehicles will be on the road; and the number of smart cities is expected to rise fourfold from today. These trends also present growing cyber-risks and vulnerabilities. Thus, the central question of this event was “How can new technologies and better risk governance help to build cyber-resilience?” Mr Gluschke participated in the panels “Strategic Update on Cybersecurity” and “Managing Cyber-Risks”. You can watch the panels here:

SmartGrid Tech 2019, Amsterdam/The Netherlands

Guido Gluschke participated as speaker in the SmartGrid Tech 2019 from Phoenix Forums that was held in Amsterdam on 26-27 March 2019. SGTech is a large scale, biennial, 3-day, multi-track conference and exhibition that provides utility digitization leaders with a thorough exploration of the potential of innovative technologies to drive the cost-effective deployment of the next generation digital grid. He spoke on “Smart Grid Cyber Security Project Exchange” which focused on the latest implementations and R&D trials from utilities evolving their cyber security strategy to combat increasingly intelligent and sophisticated cyber-attacks.

NATO Workshop on Civil Assessment in the Black Sea Region, Brussels/Belgium

Guido Gluschke participated as lecturer in a NATO Workshop on Civil Assessment in the Black Sea Region, which took place at NATO HQ on March 27, 2019. The focus of the unclassified event was to provide a civil assessment on the security situation in the Black Sea Region, with an emphasis on the hybrid threat environment. Mr Gluschke spoke specifically on cyber vulnerabilities regarding critical national infrastructure.

1st Joint Steering Committee Meeting of the ITU Centers of Excellence Network for the Europe and CIS Region, Warsaw/Poland

Guido Gluschke participated in the 1st Joint Steering Committee Meeting of the Centers of Excellence Network for the Europe and CIS Region, which took place in Warsaw/Poland on 7-8 February 2019. The meeting was organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and hosted by the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) of the Republic of Poland. It was attended by 28 delegates including newly selected Centres of Excellence (CoEs), representatives from Governments hosting CoEs, GCBI Members from Europe, ITU Sector and Academia Members, ITU Secretariat and other international organizations (EUTELSAT igov, RIPE NCC, OSJD). The ISS is an ITU Centre of Excellence for Europe (2019-2022) in the area of cyber security. In this context, it will offer online training courses on Cybersecurity Techniques and Cyber Incident Response.

Cyber Security Exercise for the Kazakhstan Nuclear Sector, Brandenburg/Germany

The ISS hosted a training course on Security of Computer-Based Systems at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences on February 18-22, 2019. The trainees were government employees and academics from Kazakhstan. The course was financed by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The course week consisted of lectures, discussions, case study activities, practical exercises, and a technical visit to the research reactor BER II in Berlin. Several ISS staff members were among the instructors during the course week. This course provided detailed and practical training, mainly for information security technicians, site managers and security managers responsible for physical protection systems (PPS), nuclear and radiological material accounting systems, and personnel security (access control) systems.

Chatham House Project Workshop “Space Security and the Vulnerability of Strategic Systems to Cyberattacks: A NATO Perspective”, London/U.K.

Guido Gluschke and Marco Macori participated in the Chatham House project workshop “Space Security and the Vulnerability of Strategic Systems to Cyberattacks: A NATO Perspective”, which took place at the premises of Chatham House on January 10, 2019. By studying cyber security and space security within the framework of NATO’s defence and security policy, this meeting aimed to focus on space capabilities that rely on digital systems that are vulnerable to cyberattacks, for example, position, navigation and targeting and ISR capability. It also examined the potential political and military consequences of losing one or more space capabilities due to cyberattacks in conflict time. The participants identified areas to minimize space dependencies and generate recommendations for NATO and for key NATO countries. The ISS has supported Chatham House in this research project.