Resilience in the Cyber Domain (10 FEB 2022)

To respond to the evolving landscape of Cyber Threats, Cyber Defense has been affirmed as a part of NATO's core task of collective defence. As Cyber Threats are increasing in complexity, the Alliance relies on a strong and resilient Cyber Defense. Therefore, NATO has intensified its cooperation with the industry, the EU and national capabilities. 

The seminar 'Resilience in the Cyber Domain' provided the Civil-Military Community of Interest with an insight into the Cyber Domain and the evolving nature of Cyber Threats, aiming to commonly examine the arriving consequences for the field of CIMIC and CMI and Resilience.

The expert's Colonel Dr Josef Schroefl, The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, Mr Jiro Minier, German Cyber Security Organisation, and Lieutenant Colonel Axel Haas, NATO Cyberspace Operations Centre at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), engaged in a one and a half-hour presentation round while bringing together perspectives from NATO, Private Sector and Academia. 

The seminar concluded with a question and answer session, where participants were encouraged to address the speakers for more details. Thereby the following guiding questions served as an initial orientation for the seminar: 

  • What threats are we facing in Cyberspace? Are Cyber Threats an extensio of Hybrid Threats, or something completely different?
  • How is Resilience in our Allied Nations impacted by the Cyber Domain and Cyber Threats?
  • Which role does NATO play in responding to Hybrid Threats in the Cyber Domain? How can CIMIC and CMI contribute to enhancing Resilience in the Cyber Domain?

Feel invited to discover background information about the seminar and our speakers by approaching the speakers' presentations and biographies as well as the seminar minutes and video recordings.

If you are further interested in Resilience and non-conventional warfare we would recommend you to have a look at our seminars on Societal Resilience and Hybrid Threats

LTC Axel Haas

Axel Haas was the CCOE's chief information officer from 2011 to 2014. Coming from a Computer Science background, he has built experience as a field grade officer within the German Armed Forces in the areas of Cyberspace Operations, Intelligence, and ICT service provisioning & management throughout various positions in national and multinational as well as NATO environments. He presently holds a position in the NATO Cyberspace Operations Centre at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and only conveys his personal views here, not any official NATO or national position.

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Mr Jiro Minier

Jiro Minier is a Senior Threat Researcher at the German Cyber Security Organisation and a Practice Fellow at the Centre for International Security at the Hertie School, specialising in Cyber Spionage and Cyber Security issues in the East Asia region. He is actively involved in the cybersecurity and technology policy debate, most recently as a contributing writer to the Dahrendorf Forum's "European Security 2030" foresight project and as a Junior Ambassador to the 56th Munich Security Conference. Prior he was employed as a staffer to the then-Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, Japan. He holds a Bachelor in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a master degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge.

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COL Dr Josef Schroefl

Josef Schroefl started his career in the Austrian Armed Forces in 1982 and worked since that in various areas of the military, including several UN-tours f.e. to Syria, Afghanistan and Congo. Since 2006 he served in the Austrian Ministry of Defence heading: "Comprehensive Approach", "Hybrid threats" and "Cyber Security/Cyber Defence". He holds a Bachelor. in Computer Technology, a Master degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware/US and a PhD in International Politics from the University of Vienna. Several publications/books on Asymmetric/Cyber/Hybrid threats, crisis, conflict and warfare. Peer Board member/reviewer of/from several magazines, for example, "The Defence Horizon Journal". He currently holds the position of Deputy Director for Community of Interest Strategy & Defence at the Hybrid CoE in Helsinki/Finland.

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