Conflict and Leadership
Valdai Club to Discuss Digital Security
List of speakers

On April 7, at 12:00, the Valdai Club will host an online discussion, titled “Information Security and the Digitalisation Process: Between Development and Fears”.

Digital mechanisms are more important than ever amid the coronavirus pandemic: almost all negotiations and personal meetings of state leaders have shifted to online venues. The vivid examples include the G20 summit and the UN Security Council meeting. There is no doubt that such virtual meetings discuss issues that are sensitive from the point of view of security and confidentiality, and require additional security measures. Meanwhile, hacker attacks in recent years have become frequent and are increasingly used as a tool in international politics. As an example, we can recall the Stuxnet virus, which disabled the Iranian nuclear plant in 2010.

Thus, the digital economy, based on the development and implementation of modern technologies, carries both obvious advantages and threats. Ensuring information security is becoming one of the highest-priority tasks at the state level and at the level of individual organisations. At the same time, some measures to control this area directly concern citizens, and here we can mention the practice of introducing QR codes.

How does a society find a balance between digital control and digital development? What roles do business and the state play in this process? What are the best formats for developing common approaches to ensuring digital security at the international level? The participants in the discussion will answer these and other questions.

  • Andrei Krutskikh, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cooperation in the Field of Information Security, Director of the Department of International Information Security at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • Vladislav Onishchenko, First Deputy Head of the Analytical Centre under the Government of the Russian Federation;
  • Andrey Yarnykh, Head of government relations and Strategic Projects, Kaspersky Lab;
  • Vijay Latha Reddy, ORF Emeritus expert;
  • James Andrew Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director of the Technology Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS);
  • Andraz Kastelic, Lead Cyber Stability Researcher, Security and Technology Programme, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR).

  • Andrey Bystritskiy, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for the Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club.

Working languages: Russian, English.

Attention to the media! You can participate remotely with prior accreditation. To do this, you need to fill out the accreditation form on our website and indicate your personal mobile number with the WhatsApp application installed.

For readers: A link to the live broadcast of the discussion will be posted on all Valdai club online platforms: on the website, on Facebook, Vkontakte, Instagram and Telegram.

You can ask the speakers a question by sending it before the broadcast or live to, on WhatsApp to the number: +79269307763 or by sending it in a personal message to one of our social networks.

Be sure to include your name and position, as well as the name of the speaker to whom the question is addressed. Questions will be asked during the Q&A session.