Tomorrow in Brussels the Kosciuszko Institute organises leaders’ debate: CYBERSEC – Brussels Leaders’ Foresight

On 27 February Brussels will host CYBERSEC – Brussels Leaders’ Foresight. The event inspired by the Kosciuszko Institute, a Polish think tank, will gather over 200 participants, including leading representatives of the EU administration, international organisations, expert circles and global IT industry leaders. During the Brussels meeting, the delegates will discuss the key security challenges of the digital transformation that will dominate the European public debate in 2018.

CYBERSEC – Brussels Leaders ‘ Foresight is the first edition of the European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC held outside Poland, which attracts more than 1,000 people from all over the world every year. The Brussels conference will provide an opportunity to discuss the most significant recommendations developed during the CYBERSEC Forum 2017, which was held in October last year in Krakow and focused on “Dealing with Cyber Disruption” (More at:

Experts will debate the strategic directions of changes aimed at protecting contemporary democracies and modern economies from cyberspace threats. The main topics of panel discussions will focus on countering disinformation, tightening up cyber defence cooperation between the EU and NATO, establishing an EU cybersecurity certification framework, and the opportunities and risks of Artificial Intelligence.

‘2017 was another record-breaking year when it comes to the number of hacking attacks. Therefore, dialogue and cooperation between different stakeholders in the area of cybersecurity are today a priority, just like the responsible commitment of European leaders. Many of the issues cannot only be subject to self-regulation by private actors, but also must be acted on by the public sector. The Brussels edition of the CYBERSEC Forum, held in the heart of the European Union and NATO, is a perfect place to talk about these issues. The conference also aims to give a strong boost to strengthen cybersecurity cooperation between the countries of Central and Eastern Europe,’ emphasises Izabela Albrycht, Chair of the Kosciuszko Institute.

Among the speakers of CYBERSEC – Brussels Leaders’ Foresight are:


  • Sir Julian King – European Commissioner for the Security Union
  • Anna Fotyga – Member of the European Parliament
  • Mady Delvaux-Stehres – Member of the European Parliament
  • Eva Maydell – Member of the European Parliament
  • Krzysztof Szubert – Secretary of State in the Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs, the Government Plenipotentiary for the Digital Single Market
  • Jamie Shea – NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
  • Sorin Ducaru – former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
  • Diana Kelley – Cybersecurity Field CTO in Microsoft


As the Kosciuszko Institute points out, the current year is extremely important from the point of view of shaping the European cybersecurity policy. May 2018 is the deadline for the Member States to implement the NIS Directive and the GDPR by the Member States. The European Parliament is currently working on the cybersecurity package and cyber defence reports, while the European Commission is developing a Communication on countering disinformation. Supported by the European Defence Fund, cybersecurity projects are also supposed to enhance strategic cooperation between the EU and NATO, which the upcoming NATO Summit in July will take to a new dimension.

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Conference Partners: European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), Google, Microsoft, PZU Group, Raytheon, SAP, SecOps Europe, Vodafone Group


4th European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC will be held on 8-9 October 2018 in Krakow, Poland. The motto of this year’s edition is ‘the Quest for Cyber Trust’.


The CYBERSEC Forum is a one-of-a-kind public policy conference in Central and Eastern Europe devoted to the strategic cybersecurity challenges. It is also one of the top five cybersecurity conferences in Europe. The prestigious New Europe 100 Challengers 2017 ranking, published by the Financial Times, Res Publica, Google and International Visegrad Fund, has recognised the efforts of Izabela Albrycht, President of the CYBERSEC Organising Committee and Dr Joanna Świątkowska, CYBERSEC Programme Director to launch the project and listed them among the most promising innovators from Central and Eastern Europe. Attracting more than 1,000 delegates, the annual conference has been organised by the Kosciuszko Institute since 2015 in Krakow.

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Natalia Dorywalska – CYBERSEC PR Manager