A sharp increase in the number of cyber attacks has been observed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Europe is at peak vulnerability to bad actors while all efforts are focused on the coronavirus response.
It is against this backdrop that the Club of Three held its May webinar entitled “Cyber threats in a pandemic: What’s going on and what is to be done?” with a group of 35 senior figures from business and the policy field in France, Germany and the UK.
The three main speakers were:
*Elisabeth Braw, Senior Research Fellow, Modern Deterrence, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI)
*Jean-Louis Gergorin, Professor at Sciences Po Paris, Former Executive Vice President, EADS and co-author of “Cyber, la guerre permanente”
*Alexander Klimburg, Director of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC)
The discussion was chaired by Club of Three Chairman Michael Maclay and Club of Three President Norbert Röttgen, Chairman of the Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee.
Participants included: Lord Evans of Weardale (Chairman, Committee on Standards in Public Life (UK); Former Director General, MI5); Ralph D. Thiele (Chairman, Politisch-Militärische Gesellschaft); Rowan Barnett (Head of Google.org, EMEA & APAC); Claude Alber (Vice President Europe, Collins Aerospace); Armand Laferrère (Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Orano); Sarah Raine (Consulting Senior Fellow for Geopolitics and Strategy, IISS); Richard Spearman (Group Corporate Security Director, Vodafone); Nick Coleman (Global Head Cyber Security Intelligence and Risk, IBM); Hans-Christoph Atzpodien (Managing Director, BDSV); Vivienne Cox (Chair, Vallourec SA); Peter Watkins (Visiting Professor, King’s College London; Former Director General of Strategy, Ministry of Defence).