Hybrid threats are constantly changing and evolving, affecting not only governments, institutions and companies but also civil society. One year after Friends of Europe’s 2019 Table Top Exercise on ‘hybrid warfare readiness’, enhancing resilience against hybrid threats and countering disinformation remain critical challenges. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis and increasing numbers of disinformation campaigns highlight the need for key stakeholders and decision-makers to strengthen public-private sector cooperation in hybrid crises and better coordinate comprehensive strategies and crisis response mechanisms.
This Strategic Conversation will discuss some of the key recommendations made in the 2019 exercise, such as the implementation of assurances for public-private information exchange, the establishment of clearer roles for the EU and NATO in joint emergencies, and the increase of investment and cooperation for counter-disinformation initiatives, and draw conclusions on the progress and lessons learned within the last year.
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Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones
Member of the UK’s House of Lords, former governor of the BBC, former chair of the British Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), former minister of state for security and counter-terrorism
Senior expert on cybersecurity at the e-Governance Academy (eGA)
Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for emerging security challenges at NATO
Pauline Neville-Jones is a Conservative peer in the UK House of Lords and a Privy Councillor with a background in both the public and private sector. With almost 30 years of experience in the diplomatic service, she served as David Cameron’s National Security Advisor while in opposition, was a member of the UK National Security Council, held the post of Minister of State for Security and Counter-Terrorism, chaired the British Joint Intelligence Committee and was the Prime Minister’s Special Representative to business for cybersecurity. Upon leaving the Foreign Office, Neville-Jones became Head of Business Development in the Nat West investment bank and, subsequently, chair of QinetiQ Group Plc. She was also Governor of the BBC.
Merle Maigre is a former Estonian civil servant, with extensive knowledge of cybersecurity issues. Prior to her current position at the e-Governance Academy, she worked as the Security Policy Advisor to Estonian Presidents Kersti Kaljulaid and Toomas Hendrik Ilves, and served as the Executive Vice-President for Government Relations at Cybexer. She has also served under various hats at NATO, including as Director of the Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence, and at the Policy Planning Unit of the Private Office of NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. In addition to this, Maigre worked as a researcher at the International Centre for Defense and Security (ICDS) in Tallinn and is currently sitting on the executive board of the CyberPeace Institute.
Retiring from NATO in September 2018 after 38 years at the organisation, Jamie Shea has occupied a number of senior positions at NATO across a wide range of areas, including external relations, press and media, and policy planning. As NATO’s spokesperson, he was the face of the Alliance during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts. He later worked as the Director of Policy Planning in the private office of former Secretary General Rasmussen during the preparation of NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept. Shea is also a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs.
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