Cybersecurity Challenges in the Government Sphere: Ethical, Legal and Technical Aspects

05/09/2018 to 06/09/2018

The CANVAS project is organizing an international workshop on “Cybersecurity Challenges in the Government Sphere – Ethical, Legal and Technical Aspects” in Bern Switzerland. The following issues are discussed at the workshop:

Track 1: Active Countermeasures, Attribution & Retaliation: Speakers will discuss questions such as: When is an attribution secure enough to justify a retaliation? What ethical implications arise in the relationship between nations if attribution is not so clear and may be (ab)used for political pressure? Is it possible to form an internationally recognized body that can be tasked with attribution?

Track 2: Vulnerabilities, Zero Day Exploits, Backdoors and a states right to access protected information in the cyberspace: Speakers will discuss advantages and disadvantages of different approaches such as Zero Day vulnerability disclosure or obligations to implement backdoors in operating systems, their ethical, technical and juridical implications.

Track 3: Cyber Peace: There are many controversial discussions about cyber war, if this is currently happening, how the concept of sovereignty which most often includes borders can be handled in the digi- tal space and if belligerent actions should be regulated by international law. We would like to flip the discussion. Speakers talk about how cyber peace would look like and how it could be achieved.


  • Laura Crespo, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Felix Freiling University Erlangen-Nuernberg
  • Erka Koivunen, F-Secure, Chief Information Security Officer
  • Reto Inversini, Swiss Government Computer Emergency Response Team Paul Meyer, ICT4Peace Senior advisor
  • George Lucas, US Naval postgraduate schooler Warfare John Scott Railton, University of Toronto Citizenlab
  • Antti Tikkanen, Google; Leader of security team
  • Nicole van-der-Meulen, Europol
  • Liis Vihul, Cyber Law International

The Workshop is on invitation only; it is non-profit, but participants will pay for their catering costs (below 100 Euro). We are currently inviting workshop participants from academia, govern- ment (law enforcement, intelligence, military, CERTs), NGOs and the IT security industry. If you are interested to participate, please send an email with your contact information and your affiliati- on to You will then receive further information.


Pilots for the European Cybersecurity Competence Networks: how can your SME benefit? - 6th Webinar -

The four pilot projects involved in the development of the European Cybersecurity Competence Network will present their plans and upcoming tools and services for SMEs in the webinar on the 2nd of April, 10:00 AM CEST



Future Events

Cyber Insurance and its Contribution to Cyber Risk Mitigation - Leiden March 25-29
25/03/2019 to 29/03/2019

The rise in both the scale and severity of recent cyberattacks demands new thinking about cybersecurity risk and the mitigation and transfer of that risk. Cyber insurance is one potential way to manage risk by transferring damage liability, but the cyber insurance market is immature and the understanding and actuarial knowledge of cyber-risk is currently underdeveloped.

e-SIDES workshop 2019

e-SIDES workshop: Towards Value-Centric Big Data: Connect People, Processes and Technology


2 April 2019

10am to 4pm


e-SIDES is a research project funded by European Commission H2020 Programme that deals with the ethical, legal, social and economic implications of privacy-preserving technologies in different big data context.