REGISTRATION CLOSED: The Big Cyber Ideas Festival 2022!

The Big Cyber Ideas Festival is back!

In 2022, it is a truism to say that the internet underpins almost every aspect of our daily lives. In a world beset by geopolitical tensions and conflict, the lingering consequences of a global pandemic, increasing cyber threats to states, organizations, and individuals, and a growing climate emergency, big cyber ideas are needed more than ever.

How can we harness trends such as multipolar internet governance, new sources of and tools for analyzing data, and the power of greater global connectivity through social media, to tackle these global challenges rather than exacerbating them? 

Join us on Wednesday 21st September, 4.30-7pm CEST, for a creative, inspiring, and unique event that thinks differently about the major issues of the day. We will be re-imagining cyber policy, strategy, and practice to highlight new perspectives, new research, and, of course, big cyber ideas.

This year, the festival will take place in Gathertown (a proto-metaverse, for those who are fond of multisyllabism), with talks, discussions, and fun and games all round.

Tallinn Workshop Report

 Cyber Operations during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine: Lessons Learned (so far) 

What key lessons can we draw from the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine about the role of cyber operations in military conflict? How do Russian cyber operations differ in wartime compared to peacetime activity? And what cyber activity can we expect in the months ahead? 

On 30 May, the European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative (ECCRI) held a roundtable in Tallinn discussing these questions about the impact of cyber operations during the war in Ukraine. The event included cyber threat intelligence and incident response practitioners, corporate representatives, academics, and officials from key governments and international institutions. It was off-the-record and invite-only, to enable those attending to be as frank as possible. Nonetheless, we thought it useful – in consultation with all attendees – to make several lines of discussion public. 

Book Forum

ECCRI Book Forum on the Dynamics of Cyber Conflict  
Wednesday, 20 July 2022 from 5-6pm CET
On Wednesday, 20 July 2022 from 5-6pm CET, the European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative invites you to a virtual Book Forum, with the authors (Harknett, Moore and Smeets) of the following three recently published books:

Michael P. Fischerkeller, Emily O. Goldman, and Richard J. Harknett, ‘Redefining National Security in Cyberspace,’ Oxford University Press, (2022)

Daniel Moore, ‘Offensive Cyber Operations: Understanding Intangible Warfare,’ Oxford University Press & Hurst Publishers, (2022)

Max Smeets, ‘No Shortcuts: Why States Struggle to Develop a Military Cyber-Force,’ Oxford University Press & Hurst Publishers, (2022)

The authors will discuss the conditions of cyber force development, cyber operations during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the future national cyber security strategy.

James Shires, an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University, will moderate the discussion.  

Big Cyber Ideas Festival

Check back soon to find out more about the Big Cyber Ideas Festival 2022-2023

During the global pandemic, societies have moved online in an unprecedented way. Cyber threats and risks are exacerbated by this deepening digitalization.  

The second edition of the Big Cyber Ideas Festival is an online event took place from September 21-23, 2021, with the purpose of exploring key questions for cyber security and digital policy in Europe.  

We hosted three sessions across three days for practitioners, researchers, and the interested public. We’re bringing together academic, government, and private sector experts to catalyze wide-reaching conversations on key policy developments.  

The session topics tackled key questions around cybersecurity journalism, public attribution of cyber operations, and global perspectives on European cyber policy, including: 

  • Why are cyber operations attributed to states by commercial companies, states, and international organizations such as the EU?  
  • How are these attributions reported and discussed in national and international media?  
  • And how do other states – including those at whom such accusations are directed – view European actions? 

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
21 September, 4pm-5.15pm CET 22 September, 4pm-5.15pm CET 23 September, 4pm-5.15pm CET
Publicly Attributing Cyber Operations by the Private Sector Reflections on Investigative Journalism on Cyber Operations Global Perspectives on European Cyber Policy

– Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade, Sentinel One
– Selena Larson, Proofpoint
– Saher Naumann, BAE Systems


– Kim Zetter, Independent
– Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, VICE
– Hakan Tanriverdi, BR/ARD   

– Jinghua Lyu, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
– Pavel Sharikov,  Russian International Affairs Council
– Pouria Askary, AT
– Arindrajit Basu,  Centre for Internet & Society

– Florian Egloff, ETH Zurich Center for Security Studies      
– Lilly Muller, King’s College London  

  – Max Smeets, ETH Zurich Center for Security Studies
– Jamie Collier, FireEye


– James Shires, Leiden University
– Monica Kaminska, Leiden University