CEPA
Virtual Event

Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure: How Digital Defenses Impact Military Mobility

June 2, 2020 at 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Cybersecurity Defense Innovation Defense Technology Initiative Europe Regional Security Transatlantic Defense and Security
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Military mobility is about more than moving heavy equipment across rivers and over mountains; it is about protecting the transportation infrastructure across which it travels.

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By: Amelia Martin

Military mobility is about more than moving heavy equipment across rivers and over mountains; it is about protecting the transportation infrastructure across which it travels. In a potential crisis scenario, military reinforcement relies on national infrastructure and host nation support to move equipment and personnel using seaports, airports, bridges, and roadways. This critical infrastructure is also highly dependent on digital defenses, which create cyber vulnerabilities. The 2017 NotPetya malware attack, for example, is estimated to have inflicted more than $10 billion in damages and brought international shipping to a standstill. A similar cyberattack could likewise prevent military exercises or stall crisis response.

CEPA hosted a virtual discussion to consider the role of host nation support and transportation infrastructure in military mobility, the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure to cyberattacks, and how the transatlantic alliance can adapt.

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Speakers:

COL (Ret.) Tom Greenwood, Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)

Edvinas Kerza, Corporate Resilience Service Director, Ignitis Group; former Deputy Minister of Defense of Lithuania

COL Jaak Tarien, Estonian Air Force; Director, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence

Sabina Wolf, Journalist, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARD

 

Moderated by:

LTG (Ret.) Ben Hodges, Pershing Chair, Center for European Policy Analysis

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