Numerous experts from several Balkan and European countries, and two days of facing their interesting discussions with the abundance of suggestions on how to improve the current situation. This would be briefly a description of last week’s advanced research workshop named “Primary Readiness in Cyber Defense in the Balkans”, held from 17-19 October at the Queen’s Astoria Design Hotel in Belgrade, organized by the “Atlantic Club of Bulgaria” and the “Atlantic Council of Serbia” “. How important this topic is says the fact that the workshop was supported by NATO’s “Science for Peace and Security” program.
The “cyber security culture” was the word most often mentioned during this set. This is done to point out that many still ignore the dangers of insufficient protection of information and data stored in cyberspace. They are starting from the logic … “It will not happen to me” … and … “The computer systems of large countries and organizations are breaking down, so they can not be protected, what can I expect then?”
During this research workshop, it is said that such nonchalance is unacceptable and for conviction, given that from day to day, more and more people and organizations deliberately and illegally attempt to access data from alien computers, or that they unauthorized access to computer networks of large companies and state institutions and then spur them up.
Some participants in the workshop stressed that it is a big problem in all Balkan countries that young people who are interested in computers are going massively to the West, to large companies that can offer them good salaries. The Balkan governments should find ways to prevent this by offering them as good as possible conditions for staying in their countries.
Though all the guests were discussing interestingly, the two drew special attention from the audience. These were Rami Efrati, retired high-ranking military intelligence officer of the Israeli Army, and Swiss woman Stefani Frey, owner of Deutor, who deals with the security of large-scale computer networks. Considering the cyber-security experience that exists and how to cooperate with the Government of Israel, Efratia has so far consulted numerous companies from that country. As for the guest, Stefani Frey, her company is engaged in the production of computer war games for the Army of Switzerland, as well as simulations of cyber attacks on the computer networks of Swiss government institutions.