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OSAC NL Chapter: Cyber Threat Briefing

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Recently (February 2021) a colleague of mine and the Diplomatic Security Service with U.S. Embassy of the Hague gave me the opportunity to present at the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), Netherlands chapter. My presentation was titled “Cyber Threat Briefing: A look at 2020 and assessing the near future” and although I cannot share the slides of my talk, I’ll do my best to go through the experience of presenting at OSAC.

First of all, the OSAC-NL/U.S. Embassy of the Hague team were incredible and I want to thank them for all their feedback, help, and support. Having said that, my presentation was structured as follows:

  • Cyber domain trends
  • Cyber-actors activities related to EU and the Netherlands
    • Hacktivism
    • Cyber-crime
    • Cyber-espionage
  • Case studies from 2020
  • Cyber threat forecast for 2021

I really enjoyed the engagement with the participants of the event but more importantly, the openness even for controversial subjects to be heard in a U.S. government sponsored event such as how specific cyber operations of the the U.S. government and/or the FIVE EYES can have negative impact (e.g. collateral damage, retaliation) to private sector entities.

Overall, it was an event where I got the vibe that all participants deeply cared on how to protect their organizations, with all the potential political aspects completely removed. It was a great event and an honor to be part of it. I hope to be able to participate in more of them in the future.

Written by xorl

April 27, 2021 at 11:01

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