by Dr Hans Christoph Atzpodien, Managing Director of Bundesverband Deutscher Sicherheits- und Verteidigungsindustrie (BDSV), and…
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Protecting the cyberspace has become a major challenge for our highly connected societies in Europe. Critical sectors such as transport, energy, healthcare, the economy and finance, but also defence and, last but not least, democratic processes are increasingly dependent on digital technologies.
While digitalisation can bring enormous opportunities and solutions to many of the challenges Europe is facing, as was shown during the Covid-19 pandemic, at the same time it exposes the economy and societies to growing cyber threats and criminal activity. Massive attacks against government institutions and critical infrastructure can disrupt or even paralyse a whole country. The Russian cyber offensive against Ukraine shows that digital strikes have now become a fearsome tool in the global power play. To counter these threats effectively, the European Union needs to develop a common large-scale cybersecurity response. Even if unity on this point among EU countries is not always easy to achieve, important steps have been taken in the past years and more recently. The announced new EU policy on cyber defence is aimed at boosting the Union’s cyber defence capabilities and strengthen coordination and cooperation between military and civilian cyber communities. An Action Plan on Military Mobility 2.0 has been launched to address the deteriorating security environment following Russias aggression against Ukraine.
Having reported regularly on the topic of cybersecurity over the past decade, the 46 th edition of this magazine continues its analyses on the protection of the cyberspace in troubled times. This edition also highlights the Franco-German relationship and its value for Europe 60 years after the Elysée Treaty and reports on recent developments in European defence.
We have succeeded with our quarterly magazine in creating a veritable platform for community building among authors and readers, from Europe and beyond, combining, since the first edition in 2008, the various civil, military and community aspects of security and defence policy. Not always without heated debate.
Our main focus of attention is the European Union and European and international security and defence issues, but we also cover climate change and new energies, migration and refugee policy or Europe’s contribution to our ‘digital age’. We are convinced that we need a stronger Europe in the world.
In 2011, the magazine received the first European Award for citizenship, security and defence under the patronage of the President of the European Union. It was awarded at a plenary parliamentarian session of the Western European Union in Paris on 9th May 2011 by its President, Robert Walter.
In 2019, the editorial team of the magazine was awarded the Special Jury Prize of the same association for outstanding journalism, enabling European citizens to better understand Europe. The prize was handed over by the former Vice-President of the European Parliament, Ioan Mircea Pașcu, on 26th November 2019 in Berlin.
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