Recent Cyber Attacks to be Discussed by International Defence Ministry and Defence Industry Cyber-Specialists

A panel of cyber warfare experts will meet in January to discuss the latest advances in Cyber warfare protection.

London, United Kingdom, November 29, 2008 --( Accusations have been made by the U.S.A., China, Estonia and many other world powers that other countries are attacking their computer infrastructure using Cyber Warfare. The US-China Economic and Security Review warned that some countries’ abilities to conduct cyber warfare are, “So sophisticated that the U.S. may be unable to counteract or even detect the efforts.”

A panel of experts and representatives from leading global military powers and NATO will meet in the U.K. at Defence IQ’s Cyber Warfare conference in January to discuss the future of Cyber Warfare protection. “In the 21st century it's not just about tanks and artillery,” said NATO spokesman James Appathurai. The conference will receive insights from the U.S. Air Force’s latest policy from Major General David Senty, and operational perspectives from Mrs Heli Tiirmaa-Klaa, a specialist in the U.K.’s MoD.

The threat of cyber attack broadens daily, with recent reports showing militant insurgent bodies and terrorist organisations are gaining expertise in cyber warfare. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared in May 2008 that the group’s communications technology abilities are at least as important a weapon as its missiles. “As we become more networked and more wired, our vulnerabilities increase,” says James Mulvenon, the director of the Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis, a Washington D.C. think tank.

With the spreading influence of this new threat, the issues discussed at conference become more important than ever, even in the non-military sector. Civilian government and industrial network protection also feature on the agenda with advice from both military and civilian speakers.

Toby Cobbledick
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