Bratislava Hosts International OSCE Conference on Cyber Security

Bratislava Hosts International OSCE Conference on Cyber Security

18.6.2019 | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE

For two days, on 17th and 18th June 2019, Bratislava became the venue for an international conference of the OSCE on cyber security. It was the fourth event in a series of conferences taking place in Slovakia this year as part of the country’s chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).


The conference was opened by the Slovak deputy prime minister Richard Raši and the OSCE secretary general Thomas Greminger. “I believe that the conference will catalyse closer multilateral collaboration not only in the implementation of confidence-building measures (CBMs) in cybernetic, information and communication technologies, but also when addressing new challenges in this area,” Richard Raši said. The featured topics of the Bratislava event were artificial intelligence and inclusion as the driving force of regional cyber security. Thomas Greminger emphasized that “cybernetic CBMs in the OSCE may help restore the trust that is necessary to decrease tension and prevent conflict.” The speakers’ common message was that partnership between governments and the private sector is essential for the defence against cybernetic attacks.


Expert discussions in theme-based panel groups were supplemented by seven side events organized by OSCE participating states (Slovakia, Romania, France), as well as prominent international non-governmental organizations that address the present issues of cyber security, and the Microsoft corporation. The Slovak side event was titled “Breaking Cyber Barriers: Inclusion as a Driver of Regional Cyber Security.” It looked at the ways in which the youth can become involved in addressing the issue as well as aspects of gender equality in cyber security.


The conference provided a unique forum for a discussion among government experts from the OSCE participating states about cybernetic and ICT security on the global, regional and national levels. On the side-lines of the event, the first consultations on cyber security were held between the newly established sixth Group of Governmental Experts on Information Security of the UN (UNGGE) and representatives of the OSCE participating states.