by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Cyber defence in the time of war

Crucial distinctions exist between cybersecurity and cyber defence – even more so, at times when war and conflicts seem ever-present in news headlines from all around the globe. It is only fair, then, that governments look into enhancing their cyber defence capabilities and adapt plans and policy agendas to fit a constantly changing threat landscape. […]

by Federico Plantera
Podcast & blog: Safeguarding Digital Systems in the Western Balkans

Digitalization is rapidly transforming democratic processes. Ensuring digital security, as a consequence, has become paramount for safeguarding free and fair elections. Countries in the Western Balkans have recognized the critical role of cybersecurity in preserving the integrity of democratic systems, but at what cost? Repeated high-profile cyberattacks over the past year have underscored the urgency […]

by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: All the lessons from cyber warfare in Ukraine

  We are well over one year into Russia’s ongoing threat to Ukrainian state sovereignty. And from terrain to the digital sphere, it is now clearer than ever before that the aggression has been total. If, in the beginning, the war seemed to take on a more traditional, kinetic shape, cyberattacks have intensified with the […]

by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Building a crisis-proof digital society in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is all but new on the world map of countries that took digital transformation as a priority. Over there, in Central America, this relatively small nation started investing in digital-related development and education already more than 20 years ago. Almost similarly to Estonia – and as similarly, they have come to create a […]

by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Digital innovation as catalyst for social change

Preparations for the 9th e-Governance Conference are well under way, for what has come to be one of the highest level e-governance events globally. In the past few years, we addressed ever-so-salient topics such as resilience and crisis management, with the pandemic and Russia’s war in Ukraine inevitably driving the agenda. In the 2023 edition […]

by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Resilience, protection, freedom – what the future holds for cybersecurity

How long do 20 years of cybersecurity actually feel? Quite intense and intensive, for sure. It’s unlikely that anyone thought that with internet and ICTs would come no risks, no maliciousness, no actors aiming to exploit vulnerabilities of digital systems. Two of e-Governance Academy’s own cybersecurity experts are here to remind us how far we’ve […]

by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Making Tonga’s cyberspace more secure

Making the national cyberspace more secure does not pertain only to protecting it from cyber attacks. It is a day-to-day job, a commitment to small best practices too that do make a difference – and help prevent disruptions in our work activities, and the functioning of the public sector. Epp Maaten, Team Lead on Cybersecurity, […]

by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & Blog: Cyber attacks in the Western Balkans and the way out

  It was just June that we were talking about improving cybersecurity capacity in the Western Balkans area. And a few months later, between August and September, the countries of Albania and Montenegro respectively suffered disruptive cyber attacks. Merle Maigre, Programme Director on Cybersecurity at eGA, joins us again to take stock of the situation. […]

by ega
Main Takeaways from the Western Balkan Digital Security Forum

By Merle Maigre and Jurijs Svirko   High-level representatives from Tirana, Sarajevo, Pristina, Podgorica, Skopje and Belgrade discussed the cybersecurity development in the Western Balkan region, shared knowledge and learned best practices of the EU at the Western Balkan Digital Security Forum on 14-15 June 2022 in Tallinn.  The main takeaways from the forum are: […]

by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Is cyberwarfare part of Russia’s plans in Ukraine?

  Something might have caught many observers by surprise in Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. After a solid history of cyberthreats that could be linked back to the Federation’s territory, cyberwarfare seems to not be playing a major role in the attackers’ plans this time. As it did instead in 2007, during the first cyberwar […]

by Adhele Tuulas
How to strengthen national cyber capacity shields?

Cyber threats have been on the rise for years. Data is currency – especially in the cyber underworld – and locking critical systems for ransom can lead to enticing paydays for cyber criminals. The first half of 2021 already saw a number of significant cyberattacks against major actors, including Colonial Pipeline, Microsoft Exchange, and Bombardier. […]

by Paul Timmers
When Sovereignty Leads and Cyber Law Follows

The sovereignty debate in the EU can inspire the revision of the EU NIS Directive and even provide insight into future changes to the EU Treaties. The Network and Information Security Directive (NIS Directive) is one of the most important pieces of cyber legislation in the EU. Only four years after its entry into force, […]

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