Harnessing Digital Tech in Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure Protection

June 15, 2022

Conference in Tallinn, Estonia and Online.

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The event will gather political and business community stakeholders from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland, to discuss issues relating to the recent developments in the area of cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection in the region.

Aim of the event is to dive deeper into the key policy, regulatory and geopolitical issues that surround the role of cloud computing in cybersecurity and digitization of critical infrastructure.

Session 1: Cybersecurity & beyond: Enhancing security cooperation between countries

Given the geopolitical challenges arising from the war in Ukraine, there is an increasing acknowledgement need for more international cooperation among like-minded entities and of increased cybersecurity capacities to defend critical infrastructure and strengthen its resilience. The destructive cyber operations that accompanied Russia’s kinetic operations in Ukraine revealed how fragile essential government services and critical infrastructure are when operating on an ‘on-premise’ model. As we saw at the beginning of the war in Ukraine, services that were migrated to the Cloud are more resilient and agile as they can be defended more effectively due to advanced capabilities in identifying threats, preventing intrusions and mitigating impact of successful attacks. This panel will approach the priority targets in times of conflict and the way forward in the region.

Session 2: Destination digital: Public and private sector cooperation in critical infrastructure protection and advancing digital transformation in the region

Partnership between government and industry can ensure national markets (and the EU as a whole) harness the full power of digital to drive growth, jobs and competitiveness. While state-of-the-art digital solutions bring unprecedented opportunities in digital transformation, it also depends on the establishment of fit-for-purpose regulatory framework. For the region and national economies to fully leverage their digital pedigree, lead on digitization and protect their critical infrastructure, governments, legislators and regulators should strive to deliver a fit-for-purpose regulatory framework that promotes the adoption of the most advanced digital infrastructure solutions across industries and public services. Through the lens of the Baltics and Finnish representatives, this panel will address solutions for critical infrastructure protection and the way forward for advancing digital transformation in the region and the efforts towards digital economic growth.

12:30 – 12:40 Welcome & Introduction
12:40 – 12:45 Conference opening 

12:50 – 13:00 “Estonian view to cybersecurity, critical infrastrucutre protection and digital transformation”,
Luukas Ilves, Ministry of Economy Affairs and Connectivity, Government CIO, Estonia

13:00 – 13:50 Session 1: Cybersecurity & beyond: Enhancing security cooperation between the countries
Moderator: Anett Numa, International Cyber Policy Adviser in NATO and EU department Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Estonia
Speakers:

  • Luukas Ilves, Ministry of Economy Affairs and Connectivity, Government CIO, Estonia
  • Peter Sund, CEO of Finnish Information Security Cluster
  • Mindaugas Ubartas, CEO of INFOBALT
  • Egons Buss, Director of security service, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons
  • Susanna Mäkelä, Senior Government Affairs Director, Microsoft Finland


13:50 – 14:10 Coffee Break

14:10 – 14:20 The role of digital transformation and critical infrastructure in Ukraine for ensuring services and continuity of the country“, Jaanika Merilo, Advisor to the Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine

14:20 – 15:10 Session 2: Destination digital: Public and private sector cooperation in critical infrastructure protection and advancing digital transformation in the region
Moderator: Sandra Särav – Data Policy Director in the Estonian Government CIO Office
Speakers:

  • Gatis Ozols, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia, Deputy State Secretary on Digital Transformation
  • Antti Nyqvist, Digipooli Chief preparedness, Technology Finland
  • Kalev Pihl, Head of the Information Security Council of ITL and CEO of SK ID Solutions
  • Edvinas Kerza, Head of Ignitis Group Business Resilience, Lithuania
  • Jaanika Merilo, Advisor to the Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine 


15:10 – 15:15 Closing Remarks
15:15 – 17:00 Cocktail Reception

Egons Buss, Director of security service, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons

Mindaugas Ubartas, CEO of INFOBALT

Gatis Ozols, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia Deputy State Secretary on Digital Transformation

The Conference will take place on 15 June 2022 at 12.30-17.00 (EET) at Hotel L’Embitu’s Conference
Center (Lembitu 12) in Tallinn and Online.

The conference is organized by Estonian Association of Information Technology & Telecommunications (ITL), in cooperation with the Latvian national ICT association (LIKTA), Lithuanian national ICT association (INFOBALT), Finnish Information Security Cluster (FISC), Technology Finland, and in partnership with Microsoft.