The Second Annual BALTDEFCOL Cyber Conference

The Second Annual BALTDEFCOL Cyber Conference

BALTDEFCOL conducted its second annual cyber conference in Tallinn on 10-11 April. By the generous offer of the Finnish Ambassador to Estonia, H.E. Mr Aleksi Härkönen, the conference focussing on teaching and educating cyber security and defence, was arranged in his beautiful residence, in Finnish Embassy.
The conference was opened by the BALTDEFCOL Commandant Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras and was followed by a key note address by Member of Estonian Parliament Mr. Jaak Aaviksoo.

He stated that “cyber is everywhere” and emphasised the need to start cyber related teaching already at kindergarden and basic school. The audience of 50 cyber education experts from the Baltic States, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Poland, Sweden, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States presented their educational solutions and lessons learned as well as research agendas and perspectives from several fields of study.

One of the highlights of the Conference was Timothy Thomas’ presentation on Chinese strategic thinking and cyber education. According to Colonel Thomas the Chinese consider the essence of strategy being getting “someone to do something for themselves they are actually doing for you”!

The Conference ended with a tangible way forward: BALTDEFCOL asking for other military and civilian educational institutions for their voluntary contributions for a Reference Curriculum on military officer cyber education covering all four levels of officer education.


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