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International conference: "Ensuring personal data protection while securing cyber space: Challenges and perspectives for the Southeast European Countries" - 29th and 30th October 2014

29-30, October 2014-American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) in cooperation with the Center for Security Cooperation "RACVIAC" organized the international conference "Ensuring personal data protection while securing cyber space: Challenges and perspectives for the South East European Countries," which took place in the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina building in Sarajevo.

Co–organizers of this two-day conference were: Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Military Academy "Mihailo Apostolski" from Skopje, Macedonia.

The conference announced activities of AUBiH’s newly established Southeast Europe Cyber Security Center (SEECSC) which will contribute to the protection and data security development of institutions in BiH and the region. The conference covered topics that relate to Human Rights and Privacy in a digital age, Protecting privacy and cyber security policymaking, Cyber Warfare, Cyber Warfare using Mobile Devices as Weapons, Cybercrime investigation and use of data by judicial authorities, NATO policy on personal data protection while securing cyber space, and Future Threats in Cyber Security.

The opening speeches were given by: Ambassador Branimir Mandić, Director of RACVIAC; Dr. Danilo Turk, former President of the Republic of Slovenia; Mr. Igor Rajić, Director of SEECSC; Mr. Esmir Ganić, President of AUBiH and Mr. Tomislav Limov from the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The conference hosted international scholars such as Dr. Brian Woerner, Dean of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of West Virginia and Mr. Brian Bengs, Legal Advisor at NATO School Oberammergau, along with the team members from the Southeast Cyber Security Centre.

During the conference, national experiences on facing threats and dealing with cyber security issues were shared by regional country representatives (Albania, BiH, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Turkey).

The Southeast European region is facing many challenges in the area of security, so the aim of this conference was to contribute to the efforts toward solving these problems in the future. Participants emphasized the importance of an open cooperation, use of advanced technology and education in finding constructive solutions to jointly fight for a safer region. Official sponsors of the conference were BH Telekom and the Wolf Theiss Law Firm.