Registration desk open in Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel (ground floor)

Bus transfer from dinner venue back to the city centre and Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel

CyCon Dinner at the Seaplane Harbour

Seaplane harbour – Vesilennuki tee 6, Tallinn

This year we are taking you to the Seaplane Harbour to enjoy the CyCon dinner with good food, music and the great company of your old and new fellows.

The highly interactive Seaplane Harbour, literally, has ‘tonnes’ of reasons why it’s one of the most popular museum in Estonia. This modern museum is housed in architecturally unique seaplane hangar, which includes structures that were part of the Peter the Great Naval Fortress between 1916-1917. Among other truly unique artifacts you can explore the submarine called Lembit, a century-old icebreaker Suur Tõll, a seaplane called Short 184, remains of the oldest ship found in Estonia, and much more. 

Buses to the CyCon dinner leave at 19:00 from Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel.
Buses from the dinner back to the city centre leave at 22:30.

Peering Past NATO’s Precinct

From its very founding, NATO’s geographical boundaries have resulted in the Alliance being Euro-centric. The realities of an inter-connected society require engaging with partners around the globe outside this narrow scope, as well as assessing challenges beyond the initial vision of the Washington Treaty. How will NATO face an increasingly non-unipolar world in order to tackle and mitigate crisis and conflict? 

Technical Novelties on the Battlefield

For over a year, a full-scale war has raged in Europe. This session provides insights into the coupling of cyber and physical domains in wartime. We will look at one of the hottest places in cyberspace – the Ukraine energy grid and its resilience to cyberattacks. Network scanning and monitoring methods will also be applied for the real-time detection of kinetic warfighting.

Conflict in a Time of Vigilantes

Conflict and war are not simply the purview of governments. Technology companies, logistic companies, mining companies and activists, to mention just a few, can all play a direct or indirect role in crisis, conflict, and war. How do these actors shape the capacity of militaries and governments? Are militaries faced with competition in carrying out offensive cyber operations? How significant has the contribution from private business been for the war in Ukraine?  

Threat Is in the Air

Wireless communication is widespread and varies in terms of frequencies, protocols and other technical attributes. This session focuses on the security challenges of radio communications, including the role of 5G cellular networks in critical infrastructure protection, and reverse engineering commercial drone control protocols helpful both in the battlefield and for law enforcement.

Technologies and Effective Sanction Mechanisms

Sanctions against Russia adopted since 2014 and, in particular, since February 2022, have been impressive in breadth and detail. Yet, there are areas that have escaped the mechanism or have gone under its radar. How can we make sanctions efficient in light of new technologies and dual-use goods gaining ever-greater prominence in the security environment? 

Explore with us the challenges and opportunities of the existing legal frameworks and their implications for the future of warfare. 

Military Cyber Defence Under Review

The return of war in Europe has called into question the overall approach to security and defence adopted to date by European states as well as the need to improve their ability to defend themselves and their interests, including in cyberspace.  

The new EU Policy on Cyber Defence has committed financial resources and made several proposals showing the EU’s ambition to take a more active stance on its defence. These include an EU Cyber Defence Coordination Centre, greater cooperation of military cyber defence structures as well as the importance of interoperability and trust between stakeholders. How can we ensure complementarity and avoid competition with the existing NATO framework? How can we reconcile the mandates of EU institutions and the competencies of the member states? 

Keynote: Building Cyber Capacity – an EU Perspective on Collaboration and Preparedness

Keynote: Cybersecurity Meets Reality – How Two Worlds Often Apart Come Together

The presentation will pivot from the challenges brought by our past approach to securing infrastructure, leaving many of us in a fragmented state when it comes to our capabilities in defending against modern cyber threats, while enabling the organization for both interoperability, visibility and the ability to respond in real time when threats materialize. Attendees will leave with 3 clear approaches to increase posture, maturity and efficiency as takeaways.

Keynote: Meeting Reality: ‘Cybersecurity, Everywhere You Need it’

Today, NATO is undoubtedly meeting reality; from the challenges in Europe from Ukraine to the rising, global cybersecurity threat. Returning to CCDCOE for CyCon 2023, global cybersecurity pioneer Fortinet brings global experience of meeting reality every day across all sectors where their global mission is to protect people, devices and data everywhere. With more technology patents than their whole industry combined, Fortinet secures Governments, Banks and Defence Forces. In his keynote, Chris Parker will explain how cybersecurity technology best practice from other high-risk sectors is helping large Defence Forces transform rapidly and sustainably from legacy systems to next generation cybersecurity. Finally, Chris will offer a look over the horizon at some future challenges and trends.


Law of Neutrality as Reflected in the Ukrainian Mirror

The law of neutrality is widely considered a cornerstone of international law. Its object and purpose are the protection of the territorial sovereignty of neutral states as well as the prevention of the escalation of armed conflicts. Although the content of provisions characterizing the law of neutrality may raise some discussion, generally speaking, the application of the law of neutrality in the cyber domain has not been disputed. 

The panel will explore emerging practice from the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war to assess how the law of neutrality is tested and challenged by cyber operations in support of Ukraine, information sharing by neutral states, foreign hacker activities or private sector contributions to Ukraine’s defence. 

Coffee break

Coffee break


Bus transfers from Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel to CyCon Dinner