National Security Authority of the Czech Republic opened the newly renovated office of the National Cyber Security Centre in Brno on May 13th. On this occasion, National Security Authority and AFCEA Czech Chapter organized a two-day conference on the topic of Cyber Security - Achievements and Challenges.

The National Security Agency (NSA) inaugurated a new modern workplace of the National Cyber Security Centre in Brno in middle of May. Opening of the center by the symbolic ribbon-cutting was performed by Bohuslav Sobotka, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, the director of the National Security Agency Dušan Navrátil, Assistant Secretary General of NATO for the Emerging Security Challenges Ambassador Sorin Ducaru and the Director of the European Agency for Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) Prof. Udo Helmbrecht. The Czech Republic confirms that it takes effort to increase cyber security and the fight against cyber crime is taken very seriously, and the new center will strengthen cyber security in Europe.

In the new building of NCSC, the Czech Republic acquired top state office for cyber security team. Its role is to coordinate cooperation in preventing cyber attacks, in addressing the ongoing attacks on the national and international level and in the drafting and adoption of measures to deal with incidents.

Active operation of security center proves that the Czech Republic is fully aware of the complexity and cross-border nature of cyber security. In this respect, the NCSC represents quality partner organization for other security teams from around the world.

More than 240 distinguished guests and security experts from the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and United States of America as well as official representation of NATO, European Union, their agencies and the member states, the representatives of many European National Security Authorities, CERTs and National Cyber Security Centers, the guests from Czech government, professional associations, academia and industry participated on the NCSC ceremonial inauguration and the conference.

During the conference presentation panels, many distinguished guests presented their view on cyber security visions, challenges, potential cyber threats and importance of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs). The conference was opened by Mr. Dušan Navrátil, director of the Czech NSA followed by speeches of Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Assistant Secretary General, NATO, and Mr. Freddy Dezeur, Director EU CERT.

The first panel discussion brought attention on international cooperation, education and partnership with industry. The Honorable Paul A. Schneider, former Deputy Secretary and CIO U.S. Department of Homeland Security also mentioned the importance of building resilient and defensible networks and systems and big data analytics.

The second session and subsequent discussion was opened by Mr. Udo Helmbrecht, Director ENISA. The main topic focused on the importance of CERTs, their roles and responsibilities.

The third session was opened by keynote speech of Ms. Melissa Hathaway, cyber security advisor to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. “The cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation” Mr. Obama was quoted as having said, and she gave many examples how cyber-crime and other cyber threats are negatively influencing the GDP. Following discussion was focused on future cyber risks and challenges, legislation framework and importance of international cooperation.