Hathaway and Schneier Speak at Cyber Conference

Melissa Hathaway

Last week, experts from around 40 countries met at the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia’s capital Tallinn to discuss cybersecurity issues. Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves gave the opening remarks, warning about cyber crime.

Melissa Hathaway, President of Hathaway Global Strategies and leader of the 60-day Cyberspace Policy Review, gave the keynote address where she discussed the evolution of the Internet. She provided analysis from technical innovation, policy, security and legal perspectives and discussed the challenges and opportunities the Internet presents.

Hathaway also discussed the tie-in to national security. On the economics front, she said the history of the Internet has included moves for cost-savings, interoperability and economic efficiency, which have cause critical infrastructure to be more vulnerable, rather than less.

Bruce Schneier also presented at the conference where he discussed his views on cyber war and the “scare tactics” he claimed are being used. Recently, Schneier was also part of a debate in Washington, D.C. where he advocated a similar line.

During his remarks, Schneier said policy makers and cyber experts should focus on market drivers, calling the use of scare tactics bad public policy. He also advocated for the development of policy which addresses each threat and the appropriate response. Additionally, Schneier discussed the need to understand the threat landscape and educate the populace regarding the threats in cyberspace.

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