Cyber Stability in the Age of Covid-19

On May 22nd, 2020, The NATO Association of Canada hosted a Zoom discussion with NATO HQ Cyber Expert Ben Hiller, Josh Gold from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and Beth Dewitt from Deloitte’s Data and Privacy Division. These three experts addressed issues relating to cyber conflict and security in the Age of Covid-19 and what international institutions like NATO are able to do to address this challenge.

Ben Hiller leads the portfolio on Partner Nations and International Organizations at NATO HQ’s Cyber Defense Section/Emerging Security Policy Division. In his role, Ben develops national cyber capabilities, advises on measures to uphold a rules based approach to cyberspace, and co-ordinates engagement with Partners on Cyber defense issues. Before joining NATO, Ben was responsible for cyber policy at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) guiding efforts in developing and operationalizing confidence building measures (CBMs) to reduce the risk of conflicts stemming from the use of cyber capabilities between States. 

Beth Dewitt leads Deloitte Canada’s Data Protection and Privacy practice and is a member of the firm’s global Cyber Risk Services executive team. She has over 15 years’ experience advising organizations on the design and implementation of privacy governance frameworks and operational privacy and data protection programs to support program modernization, regulatory compliance, and digital transformation.

Josh Gold (@joshgold3) is a research assistant at Citizen Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk Schol of Global Affairs and Public Policy. His research focuses include cyberspace governance, military and intelligence capabilities in cyberspace and internet governance. He is a board member of the Canadian International Council’s Toronto Branch and of the Estonian Central Council of Canada. In 2019, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Hague Program for Cyber Norms and an ICANN66 NextGen Fellow. Previously, Josh interned at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE).

To watch the full discussion click here

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