Brunssum, The Netherlands – General Guglielmo Luigi Miglietta, Commander, Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum, participated in a cybersecurity event organized by the European Centre for Privacy and Cybersecurity at Maastricht University, 6 September, 2023 organized by Prof. Paolo Balboni.
Cybersecurity is not a responsibility solely for those in uniform or in the corridors of power, it is a collective effort that extends to us all
Titled, “Data Protection as a Corporate Social Responsibility: A Digital Pact for Privacy and Cybersecurity as a Social Responsibility,” conference participants heard lectures covering a variety of topics related to cybersecurity in the realm of large organisations.
“In recent years, NATO has increased its focus on cyber defence significantly,” said General Miglietta, addressing conference attendees as a keynote speaker. “Cybersecurity is not a responsibility solely for those in uniform or in the corridors of power, it is a collective effort that extends to us all.”
General Miglietta also stressed the importance of international law as cyber capabilities grow around the world, “We must ensure that our efforts to increase our cyber capabilities also align with and uphold the principles of international law,” he said. “We must strive to establish, respect, and enforce international norms in cyberspace, upholding the rule of law in this new domain as we do in the physical world.”
Two other cyberspace subject matter experts from JFC Brunssum also contributed as speakers at the conference.
Lieutenant Colonel Lee Smart spoke about securing command and control networks and understanding the threat landscape in cyberspace. Mr. Tomas Mogodia then provided a brief on NATO activities in cyberspace, noting that the first casualty of cyberwar will be privacy.
Concluding the keynote speeches, Mr. Guido Scorza, a member of the College of the Garante per la Protezione Dati Personali (Italian Data Protection Authority), provided a thought-provoking presentation which underlined the concept that “when we speak about privacy, we speak about life.”
The European Centre of Privacy and Cybersecurity offers a platform for research focused on legal issues related to personal data protection and cybersecurity.