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Cyber Threats and Solutions: Safeguarding Europe’s Digital Landscape

Key speakers

On October 31, 2023, the "Cyber Threats and Solutions: Protecting the Digital Environment in Europe" international conference, hosted by the Center for the Study of Democracy in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, brought together a distinguished gathering of global experts, political leaders, and cybersecurity authorities. This high-profile event shone a spotlight on critical issues pertaining to the weaponization of AI, the legal frameworks governing cybercrime in both Bulgaria and the European Union, incident reporting protocols, and strategies to bolster digital resilience.

The conference served as a platform for an in-depth exploration of the ominous risks associated with the weaponization of artificial intelligence, highlighting the need for proactive strategies to counter this evolving threat. In addition, it delved into the intricate legal landscapes that underpin the fight against cybercrime, shedding light on the efforts to harmonize regulations at the broader European context. Robust discussions were centered on streamlining processes for incident reporting, as well as the subsequent investigations critical for mitigating the impact of cyberattacks on businesses and private individuals. Finally, the conference examined various approaches and strategies aimed at elevating the digital resilience of Europe's cyber environment, ultimately contributing to a safer and more secure digital landscape.

Policy Conference "Cyber Threats and Solutions: Safeguarding Europe’s Digital Landscape", 31 October 2023
L-R: Keynote: Stoyan Temelakiev, Deputy Minister of Interior, Bulgaria; Atanas Rusev, Director, Security Program, CSD; and Jan Kralik, Programme Manager, Cybercrime Division, Council of Europe
Jan Essink, Public Policy Consultant, Security and Justice, Ecorys
L-R: Tommaso Comunale, Analyst, CSD; George Sharkov, Head, Cybersecurity Lab, Sofia Tech Park; Vihren Slavchev, CEO, Mnemonica AD; and Jan Essink, Public Policy Consultant, Ecorys
L-R: Atanas Rusev, Director, Security Program, CSD; Lionel Bloch, Executive Director, Forentec; Evangelos Katarachias, Research Associate, Center for Security Studies; Nikolay Nedelchev, General Directorate Combating Organised Crime; and Svetoslav Vasilev, National Investigation Service

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