Dec. 4 to 31, 2023, on-demand recorded video CYDEF 2023 was provided

The conference is started.
Panelists are doing discussion for “Multi-domain Decision Making in Active Cyber Defense”
Day1, afternoon session.
Day 1 Afternoon, Panel Discurrion “Operationalizing Active Cyber Defence Capability”
Day 1 Afternoon, Panel Discussion “AI frontiers in Multimodal Information Warefare”, two presenters joins live online.

White Papers & Documents

The theme of this year’s CYDEF2023 is “International Order & Active Cyber Defense”. The reason why this keyword is attracting attention is that in Japan’s National Security Strategy released at the end of 2022, it is stated that “Japan must have the capability of active cyber defense to eliminate the threat of serious cyber attacks that may cause security concerns to the country or critical infrastructure, although they do not lead to armed attacks, or to prevent the spread of damage when such cyber attacks occur. However, the “Active Cyber Defense” is not a system to prevent cyber-attacks, but a system to prevent the spread of damage in the event of such cyber-attacks. However, the concept and methodology of Active Cyber Defense have not yet been clearly defined in Japan and other countries. In addition, discussions on cyber security should not be limited to mere technical issues, but should also cover national strategies and policies, international relations, laws, and other diverse perspectives. Therefore, as a reference material for this conference, this white paper summarizes the basic understanding of the cyber security situation and the background and discussion points of Active Cyber Defense being discussed in other countries and regions. We hope that the discussion at CYDEF2023 will be more meaningful by referring to this White Paper.
Note: This White Paper may be updated before the meeting starts.

You can download White Paper
(Only Japanese Version is available)

What is CYDEF?

CYDEF is a forum where many people, transcending national boundaries and positions, come together for discussion in order to find the direction to take in a society where distance and boundaries are dissipating, transforming at an accelerated pace, and the future is becoming less clear with the development of information technology and the expansion of networks.

Launched in 2018 with the Science for Peace & Security Fund, the conference, now in its sixth year, has attracted ministers, cyber ambassadors, cyber commanders, ethical hackers, and researchers from Europe, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, The conference has attracted approximately 250 speakers and 4,000 attendees, including ministers, cyber ambassadors, cyber commanders, ethical hackers, and researchers from Europe, the U.S., and the Asia-Pacific region including Japan.

Objective of CYDEF2023

CYDEF aims to disseminate information, share awareness, and establish collaboration.

Dissemination of information means to gather experts and knowledgeable people with various experiences and knowledge and providing a forum for them to present their opinions. This allows us to come into contact with new knowledge that we are not usually exposed to and to obtain hints for solving everyday problems.

Shared Awareness is about sharing awareness and gaining a foundation of understanding through presentations. This allows us to understand the common threats and work together to address them.

Establishing collaboration means understanding each other and building a common ground through presentations. This allows us to cooperate on common issues.

While listening to the discussions of experts and specialists worldwide, we hope to build a framework for mutual understanding and cooperation by presenting the same issues and approaches to them, even though we are from different countries and positions.

Theme of CYDEF2023

International Order and Active Cyber Defense

The main theme of this year’s CYDEF2023 is “International Order and Active Cyber Defense – How Active Cyber Defense Can Shape International Order.” As tensions in international relations intensify in Ukraine and other parts of the world, cyber threats are also rising. In this gray zone, where laws that form the cornerstone of order have not been developed, and where neither peace nor war is possible, what can be done to contain malicious activities without unnecessarily raising tensions?

To find a solution to this question, this year, in addition to our Organization for Cyber Defense Innovation, the Hybrid Center of Excellence (Hybrid CoE ), the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Estonia, the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (NATO StratCom) in Latvia, the NATO Command and Control Center of Excellence (NATO C2CoE) in the Netherlands, the Army Cyber Institute (Army Cyber Institute) in the USA will be invited to introduce researchers conducting related research and discuss the following session themes.

List of Panel Discussion Themes

  1. Multi-Domain Decision Making in Active Cyber Defense
  2. Operationalizing active cyber defence capability
  3. AI Frontiers in Multimodal Information Warfare
  4. Legal, Policy, and Partnership Challenges for Pacific Cyber Defenses in 2035
  5. The cyber and hybrid aspects of cognitive superiority
  6. Active Cyber Defense in Country‘s Cyber Strategy

■Multi-Domain Decision Making in Active Cyber Defense (Time Table)
NATO C2CoE, Utrecht, Netherlands

Moderator:Dr./COL Mietta Groeneveld (NATO C2CoE)

In today’s interconnected world, cyber threats and incidents demand a comprehensive and collaborative approach to active cyber defense. Effective orchestration of information sharing, combined situational awareness, shared decision making and synchronization of mitigation measures across different private, public, police and military organizations pose challenges due to differing legal boundaries and varying command & control structures within these organizations.

The NATO Command & Control Centre of Excellence (C2COE) is proud to organize a panel discussion “Multi Domain Decision Making in Active Cyber Defense” at CYDEF 2023. This session will delve into the complexities associated with multi-domain decision making and explore innovative strategies to foster proactive cyber defense.

C2COE has invited distinguished panelists from the USA, Europe, Asia, and Japan who bring with them extensive regional expertise and profound experience in addressing these challenges. By sharing their insights and knowledge, the panelists will shed light on region-specific nuances and best practices, enriching the discussion with diverse perspectives.

This exclusive panel discussion organized by the NATO Command & Control Centre of Excellence (C2COE) offers a unique opportunity to engage with esteemed experts and thought leaders. By participating in this session, you will acquire actionable knowledge and valuable lessons that can strengthen your organization’s cyber defense posture.

Operationalizing active cyber defence capability (Time Table)
NATO CCDCOE, Tallinn, Estonia

Moderator:Ms. Tomomi Moriyama (CCDCOE)

Active cyber defense is not a novel concept. US DoD strategic document already spoke about it in the early 2010s, in emphasizing the necessity of employing measures to detect and halt malicious activity before it could affect their networks and systems. There is no universally agreed definition for what constitutes active cyber defense (and therefore a general noun starting with a lowercase letter), and its scope of activity varies and could mean anything outside traditional passive defense, be it cyber threat intelligence or offensive cyberspace operations. Different approaches to active cyber defense come with different implications.

This panel session will aim to bring the discussion on active cyber defense beyond its conceptual level and focus on practical implications and potential challenges when the concept is operationalised on the ground. The panel will bring together subject matter experts with professional first-hand experience in strategic and policy planning, cyber operations command, redteaming, and/or as a legal advisor. Each panel member will look at active cyber defence-oriented policies and activities from their distinctive areas of expertise and give practical accounts on its advantage, effect, complexity, policy/legal/operational/technical considerations, implications for cyber workforce development, etc. Sample topics to explore could include the following, subject to consultation with the panel members:

  • Comparative national approaches to active cyber defense
  • International law applicable to offensive cyberspace operations and some fictitious cases
  • Considerations in integrating active cyber defense approach in military operations
  • Exercise, redteaming, and cyber workforce development
  • A framework for multinational cooperative active cyber defense
  • A benchmark for evaluating and measuring national cyber capabilities?

To let the audiences be part of the discussion, the presentations will be followed by a short, mini tabletop exercise. Some exemplar cases and questions cyber professionals or decision-makers may face in operationalising active cyber defense will be presented by the panel. Audiences will be encouraged to participate in the tabletop exercise via a web-based real-time interactive tool (e.g. Mentimeter) if feasible and share their thoughts.

AI Frontiers in Multimodal Information Warfare (Time Table)
NATO StratCom, Riga, Latvia

Moderator:Mr. Gundars Bergmanis-Korats (NATO StratCom)

The upcoming panel discussion, “AI Frontiers in Multimodal Information Warfare,” will delve into the growing significance of AI in modern warfare, specifically focusing on its role in Strategic Communications.

Recognizing that warfare is increasingly a cognitive endeavor, the function of Strategic Communications has become critical as it bridges cognitive effects with kinetic activities. In this landscape, recent advancements in AI technology stand out for their capacity to influence both the information environment and how information is consumed. During the initial part of the panel discussion, experts will discuss how AI is employed to generate and disseminate information and propaganda, particularly through manipulation techniques on social media. Following this, the conversation will transition into an examination of the transformative potential of generative AI in Strategic Communications, viewed from a defender’s perspective. This will cover both the opportunities and risks involved and will set the stage for a debate on appropriate policy measures that might mitigate these risks. To conclude, the panel will evaluate the future role of AI in strategic communications, considering whether AI will supplement or potentially replace human-led initiatives. The ultimate aim of the panel is to foster an informed dialogue among professionals from various fields, with the goal of deepening understanding of the complex challenges and opportunities that AI introduces in the sphere of information warfare.

Legal, Policy, and Partnership Challenges for Pacific Cyber Defenses in 2035 (Time Table)
Army Cyber Institute, ACI, West Point, USA

Moderator:Dr./LTC Jason C. Brown (ACI)

(Objective):  This panel seeks to explore and analyze the evolving landscape of cyber threats in the Asia-Pacific region and how the United States and its democratic allies/partners (Japan and the Republic of Korea) can effectively enhance their integrated deterrence capabilities. With a focus on both public/open cyber threats and operations within the “gray zone,” the panel will evaluate the current and anticipated state of cyber defenses in various sectors and discuss policies for bolstering security in the face of changing cyber-operational dynamics.

(Background):  Building upon the concept of ‘integrated deterrence’ from the U.S. National Defense Strategy, this panel aims to operationalize international partnerships as outlined in the 2018 Department of Defense Cyber Strategy. In the spirit of the Third Offset, the discussion will delve into not only technological advancements but also the operational and organizational constructs that can revolutionize the character of cyber warfare. The panel acknowledges the unique challenges posed by the cyber domain’s infancy and the absence of an organization akin to NATO in the Asia-Pacific region.

(Key Areas of Focus):  Legal and Policy Friction: By examining the operational and organizational aspects of cyber partnerships, the panel aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of current legal and policy points of friction hindering the effectiveness of combined cyber defense between the U.S. and Indo-Pacific allies and partners.

Organizational Empowerment: The panel also seeks to compare and contrast the different ways that the US and Indo-Pacific allies and partners are organizing and empowering their defensive cyber military forces. This includes examination of capabilities, constraints, and potential synergies among the allies/partners, such as the U.S. National Guard State Partnership Program. The goal is to identify areas for collaborative improvement.

Understanding Threats: The panel will avoid narrow discussion on specific cyber threats within the region and instead attempt to shed light on emerging activities within the gray zone that cut across societies and touch legal/policy spheres. This understanding is essential for developing targeted deterrence strategies.

(Expected Outcomes): This panel will provide valuable insights for policymakers, military strategists, academics, and cybersecurity professionals. Ultimately, the panel’s findings will contribute to the realization of integrated deterrence in the Pacific region and the effective operationalization of cyber partnerships among the democratic allies/partners.

The cyber and hybrid aspects of cognitive superiority (Time Table)
Hybrid CoE, Helsinki, Finland

Moderator:Dr./COL Josef Schroefl (Hybrid CoE)

The increasingly widespread use of social media, social networking, social messaging, and mobile device technologies now demands a different approach to warfare –one in which the cognitive domain maybe has to be included. A form of warfare that can even target individuals’ cognitive processes represents a radical deviation from traditional forms of warfare, which aim, in principle, to exclude civilians.

In cognitive warfare, known as reflexive control in Russia, the citizen is the target and their brain becomes a part of the battlefield. It changes not only the international order, but also the nature of warfare, the actors, the duration, and the way a war can be won. Cognitive superiority questions the ideas of tactics (winning a battle) and strategy (winning a war), as well as underlying timelines. This form of superiority can include campaigns launched over the course of decades, as we have seen in Russia with the idea of smearing Ukrainians as “Nazis” over the last 20 years. China, for its part, thinks that it will be possible to influence the enemy’s brain to affect human cognition directly. Doing so creates the possibility of subduing the enemy without a fight, either by technical or informational means. On the other hand, the Russian reflexive control philosophy focuses primarily on the area of conflict, with the goal being to weaken the enemy state from inside. It states that cognitive superiority is conducted around and during armed conflicts. NATO’s philosophy was summarized by Major General Robert H. Scales: “Victory will be defined more in terms of capturing the psycho-cultural rather than the geographical high ground.” Western cognitive warfare concepts are furthermore bound by law and ethics whereas the Russian and Chinese implementations practically know no bounds.

With big pleasure, the European Center of Excellence for countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) will organize a panel discussion “The cyber and hybrid aspects of cognitive superiority” at CYDEF 2023. This session will delve into the relationship between hybrid warfare and cognitive threats from the cyber defense point of view.

Hybrid COE will invite distinguished key-note speaker as well as panelists from Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan who bring with them extensive regional expertise and profound experience in addressing these challenges. By sharing their insights and knowledge, the panelists will shed light on region-specific nuances and best practices, enriching the discussion with diverse perspectives. We will discuss, for example, the roles of artificial intelligence and quantum computing in cognitive warfare, possible countermeasures, and the potential need for an additional concept of cognitive defense to counter info, psychological and cyber elements as a part of hybrid defense.

Active Cyber Defense in Country‘s Cyber Strategy (Time Table)
CYDEF, Tokyo, Japan

Moderator: Dr. Masakazu Furuichi(Organization for Cyber Defense Innovation, Nihon University)

Today, the Internet connects the world, with more than half of the world’s population using the Internet. However, even though the distance and boundaries that separate people have disappeared virtually, in reality, each country has different social systems, economic conditions, and cultural and geopolitical environments, and seems to have different policies in place. Each country’s cybersecurity strategy explicitly demonstrates this.

At the beginning of the 21st century, governments have begun to develop strategies for the cyber domain in addition to their traditional ones. Some countries have moved from merely defensive policies to more proactive ones, given the nature of cyber threats and their increasing threats, in which attackers have the upper hand.

So what are the differences and similarities in the responses of countries that use the Internet and are exposed to similar threats, but have different backgrounds and various constraints? It will be useful to clarify these differences and similarities in order to consider future countermeasures.

In this panel discussion, we will invite speakers from different regions to discuss what is behind the policies and strategies implemented in the cyber domain in their respective countries, what kind of measures they are taking for active cyber defense, and what are the expected outcomes and impacts of these measures.

With the disappearance of distance through the Internet, the advantage of being an island nation has disappeared, and we are confronted not only with direct criminals but also with cyber warriors.


*Appearance order

*Orange: greetings, Blue: Keynote speech, Red: Panel discussion moderator, Purple: Panelists, Green: General presenter

*Profile in English will be available soon

Kihara Minoru
Minister of Defense
Born in Kumamoto in 1969, he graduated from Waseda University and embarked on a career with Japan Airlines. He secured his first electoral victory in 2005. Subsequently, from 2013, he served as Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense for six years, and then took on the role of Vice Minister of Finance. Furthering his contributions, he played key roles in the fourth reshuffle of the second Abe administration, including serving as Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary with a focus on important policies related to national security. Continuing his distinguished career, he assumed pivotal positions within various party committees. In December 2021, he assumed the role of head of the Administrative Reform Headquarters of the Liberal Democratic Party. In October, 2022, he took on the responsibility of Chairman of the Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism Committee. On September 13, 2023, he assumed the role of Minister of Defense in the second reshuffle of the second Kishida administration.
John William Raymond
Retired United States Space Force General, First Chief of Space Operation (2019-2022)
Keynote Speaker #1
John William Raymond, a retired United States Space Force general, served as the first chief of space operations from 2019 to 2022. He also served as commander of the United States Space Command from 2019 to 2020. Raymond, hailing from a military family, joined the U.S. Air Force in 1984 after graduating from Clemson University. Throughout his career, he held various leadership roles, including overseeing the establishment of the Space Force and its organizational structure. In 2022, he stepped down as chief of space operations and retired from the military in 2023.
Harumichi Yuasa
Graduate School of Governance Studies, Meiji University Professor
Born in 1970. B.A. Aoyama Gakuin University, LL.M. Aoyama Gakuin university Professor, Graduate School of Governance, Meiji University Vice Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Global Governance, Meiji University Former Vice President and Professor, Institute of Information Security Former Vice President and Professor, Kyushu International University Research: Focusing on legal, administrative, and political aspects of internet and information society including protecting privacy and personal information, administrative information handling and disclosure, regulation of cyber security and defense activities, internet election campaign and e-voting. Official Positions Held: Information Security Advisor, Japan Coast Guard Committee Member, Cabinet, National Center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cyber Security (NISC), Awareness and Human Resource Development Expert Investigation Committee, Working Group for Corporate Management with a Security Mindset, Sub-Working Group for Research and Examination of Cyber Security-Related Laws and Regulations Research Fellow, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Information and Communications Policy Research Institute Director, Japan Cybercrime Control Center (JC3) Assistant to CIO, Japan Student Services Organization and others
Takamizawa Nobushige
The University of Tokyo Visiting Professor
Opening Greetings
Nobushige Takamizawa is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo. He served as Ambassador of Japan to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva from 2016 to 2020. Between 2013 and 2016, he worked for the Cabinet Secretariat as Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Secretary-General of the National Security Secretariat, and Director-General of the NISC. He joined the Ministry of Defense in 1978 and has served in various positions including Director-General of the Bureaus of Operational Policy and Defense Policy, as well as President of the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS).
Lloyd Hewitt
Microsoft Defense & Intelligence Director Business Strategy
S1-1 Panelist
Lloyd, a former Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy logistics specialist, joined Microsoft in December 2020. He specialized in Information Systems in the Royal Navy and contributed to digital transformation initiatives. In the Australian Defence, he played executive roles in the Defense ERP Program, including a stint as Acting Program Manager. He now serves as Microsoft's Director Business Strategy (Defense) in the World Wide Public Sector (Defense & Intelligence) organization. His role involves ensuring Microsoft's commitment to Defense customers, providing thought leadership, and promoting innovation and opportunities worldwide for military operations and national security.
Lauri Korts-Pärn
Cyber Defense Institute, Inc. CTO
S1-3 Panelist
Born in Estonia, started IT cyber career as programmer and system administrator. After shifting into cyber security as trainer and penetration tester, moved to Japan 18 years ago. Now, as CTO of Cyber Defense Institute, have been contributing to safety and stability of infrastructure by providing services to mid-size and large enterprises, government and international organizations.
Rolf Fredheim
Markolo Research Director
S1-5 Panelist
Dr. Rolf Fredheim is the director of Markolo Research, a data science consultancy offering bespoke monitoring systems using AI to provide insight into own and adversary communication. Previously he worked as a Principal Scientist at the Technical and Scientific Development Branch of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence in Riga, Latvia. While there, he led the Centre's research into bots and trolls on social media, which was published quarterly under the title Robotrolling. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, and Trinity College Dublin.
Sebastian Bay
Nato StratCom CoE Researcher
S1-5 Panelist
Sebastian Bay is an external researcher for Nato StratCom CoE focusing on national security, hybrid threats, election integrity, disinformation and online harms.
Kondou Masashi
Headquarters Yokosuka District , JMSDF Director of Operations & Plans Department
S1-5 Panelist
Captain Kondo, a Maritime Self-Defense Force veteran since 1993, held key roles including Commander of Escort Division 6, leading anti-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden. He served as Director of Defense Planning, contributing to Japan-U.S. defense cooperation. In 2019, he directed C4I Systems Division, advancing MSDF's information warfare capabilities. He became Commander of Communications Command in 2022, overseeing crucial network operations and cyber initiatives. Captain Kondo earned a Master's in Policy & Media from Keio University in 2005 and graduated from the UK's Royal College of Defense Studies in 2013. He is also a certified CISSP professional.
Jason Brown
US Army Cyber Institute Assistant Professor
S2-1 Panel Moderator
Dr. Jason C. Brown is a research scientist and assistant professor at the Army Cyber Institute at West Point. He teaches systems design, risk management, and organizational security, and as a futurist, he studies emerging threats, technological and social trends, and responses to those threats. A currently serving officer with the U.S. Army, Dr. Brown has worked within the intelligence, information operations, and cyber career fields. He has authored technical reports on the future of extremism, information warfare, cyber enabled financial crimes, and Chinese soft power.
Chyungly Lee
National Chengchi University Professor of International Relations
S2-1 Panelist
Chyungly Lee is a professor of international relations at National Chengchi University in Taipei and was the Vice President of Institute National Defense and Security Research in 2018. Her researches cover topics on Asia-Pacific comprehensive security, Indo-Pacific regional multilateralism, and conflict prevention in East Asia. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park.
Kevin Lentz
The LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas Graduate Student
S2-1 Panelist
Kevin Lentz is a master's student at the LBJ School for Public Affairs, leading the Cyber Pacific project at the Global Disinformation Lab, focusing on Indo-Pacific military cyber activities. His interest in unconventional threats like influence and cyber operations emerged during his studies at the University of Sydney in 2020. Additionally, he serves as a VSFS intern in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and holds Cyber Security Fellowship at the Strauss Center, as well as National Defense Fellowship at the Ronald Reagan Institute and Alexander Hamilton Society.
Albert Zhang
Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), Analyst
S2-1 Panelist
Albert is an analyst with ASPI specializing in cyber, technology and security matters. His research delves into the intersection of foreign interference, encompassing influence operations, disinformation, and cyber-espionage, with emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, extended reality, and persuasive technologies. As a skilled open-source intelligence analyst and investigator, Albert provides strategic insights into contemporary geopolitical issues. He possesses advanced programming skills in languages such as R and Python and has developed AI-enabled applications tailored to analyze complex datasets. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science, with a major in Pure Mathematics from the University of Melbourne.
Josef Schroefl
Hybrid CoE - The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats
S2-2 Panel Moderator
Dr. Josef Schroefl, Col, started his career in the Austrian Armed Forces (AAF) in 1982 and worked in various areas of the military. Since 2006 he served as SME in the Austrian MoD heading: “Comprehensive Approach”, “Hybrid threats” and “Cyber Security/Cyber Defence”. He represented the AAF and/or Austria Cyber-Security in several intern. Organizations like EDA, EU and the OSCE. He holds a B.A. in Computer Sciences, a M.A. in International Relations from University of Delaware/US and a PhD in International Politics from University of Vienna. Many publications/books on Asymmetric/Cyber/Hybrid threats, crisis, conflict and warfare. Current position is the Deputy Director for Strategy & Defence at the hybrid CoE in Helsinki/Finland.
Sascha Dov Bachmann
Professor in Law & Security, University of Canberra
S2-2 Panelist
Professor Bachmann is a former Lieutenant Colonel (GER A Res) with operational experience in the Balkans and exchange officer with the US Marines. In the last 20 years, he has worked in various capacities in the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and Europe. He has worked with and presented to NATO, US CENTCOM, US AFRICOM, the Austrian Ministry of Defence, the Swedish Defence University, the Royal Danish Defence College, the South African National Defence Force and the Australian Defence College on the subjects of hybrid war/threats, lawfare, info ops and targeting. He is a Fellow of NATO SHAPE for the Asia-Pacific (Hybrid Threats and Lawfare) working on influence operations, grey-zone, hybrid warfare, great power competition, and Australian and Asia-Pacific security. He has been a regular visiting academic at Australian Defence Force (ADF)’s Directorate of Joint Influence Operations and across the ADF.
Gazmend Huskaj
Geneva Centre for Security Policy Head of Cyber Security
S2-2 Panelist
Gazmend was previously a doctoral student in Cyberspace Operations at the Swedish Defence University. Additionally, he was Director of Intelligence on Cyber-related issues in the Swedish Armed Forces. Prior to that, he was Head of the United Nation's Intelligence Cell in a mission area for several years. He is a military Veteran, with more than five years of duty in conflict and post-conflict areas including two tours to the Balkans and one in Central Asia. He holds a two-year Master of Science in Security & Risk Management from the University of Leicester, and a two-year Master of Science in Information Security from Stockholm University. In addition, he is a graduate from the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program on Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology, and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy European Training Course (ETC). In 2014, he was awarded the best idea answering to EEAS Deputy Secretary General thread on the EU as a security provider. He has also academic training from Cranfield University, University of St. Andrews, the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and professional training from the UN Department of Safety and Security (DSS). He was Chair of Research & Development at ISACA Swedish Chapter and is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).
Yoshiki Adachi
Ministry of Defense , National Institute for Defense Studies Japan, Vice President
S2-2 Panelist
MG Adachi graduated from the National Defense Academy in 1992 and started his military career as Air Defense Artillery officer. First, he was assigned to Sub-Platoon Leader, 308th ADA Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Group, and later served as Platoon Leader, Operations Officer of 308th ADA Battery, Operation Officer of 2nd ADA Group HQs until 1999. He had served as Liaison Officer to the US Army Japan HQs in 2002-2003 and as Senior Staff Officer Logistics (SSOLOG) at the HQs, UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) at the Golan Heights in 2004-2005. He was assigned to several staff posts such as staff at J3/Joint Staff, G5/Ground Staff Office, Section Chief of Logistics Plans and Operations Section, G4/Ground Staff Office in 2006-2014. He commanded 7th ADA Group in 2014-2015. He was assigned to Cabinet Counselor of National Security Secretariat, the Cabinet Secretariat in 2015. Then he moved to Washington D.C. as Defense Attaché to the U.S. in 2017. When he came back to Japan in 2020, he was assigned to Director General of C4 Systems and Intelligence, Ground Staff Office, who oversaw Cyber, EW, System Network and Intelligence. Since the end of March 2023, he is doing the current job. He learned Advanced Officer Course and CGSC in Japan, and US Army ADA School Captain Career Course and National War College Master Course at the National Defense University in the U.S.
Masakazu Furuichi
Nihon University Professor
S2-4 Panel Moderator "Active Cyber Defense in Country‘s Cyber Strategy"
Masakazu Furuichi, a Professor at Nihon University, specializes in modeling and simulation. He obtained his B.L.A. in Computer Science from Hiroshima University in 1982, M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1994, and Ph.D. from Keio University in 2004. Prior to his academic career, he worked at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation from 1982 to 2008, focusing on parallel and distributed simulation, load-balancing, and IEEE 1516 High-Level Architecture RTI for Modeling and Simulation. He later joined Nihon University to expand his modeling and simulation expertise to Serious Game Design. Furuichi has held various roles at the university and is involved in research on warfare simulation, cyber security, and serious games for education, healthcare, and welfare.
Phill Susmann
Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) President
S2-4 Panelist (1) "Active Cyber Defense and the Cyber Strategy in the U.S.A." (tentative)
Phil Susmann serves as the President of NUARI, focusing on cybersecurity for critical infrastructure. He played a key role in creating the DECIDE® cyber wargaming platform in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology and the Finance Industry. Phil contributed to the development of Vermont Army National Guard's Information Operations Schoolhouse, Vermont Air National Guard's 229th Cyber Operations Squadron, and Cyber Exercise tools. He's also involved in training development, mobile labs, and the Security Situation Center. In December 2022, Vermont Governor Phil Scott appointed Phil to the State's new AI Advisory Council. Phil holds a BS from Norwich University and an MBA from Clarkson University.
Kou Miyake
NTT Data Intellilink, Fellow, University of Tsukuba , Visiting Professor
S2-4 Panelist (2) Sharing of Active Cyber Defense concepts, measures, and norms for international collaboration
In 1980, he graduated from Tohoku University, master degree of Mathematics, and joined NTT Electric Communication Laborites. Since then he actively worked for R&D for the high speed packet based broad-band communication network and systems and its international standardization in ITU-T. He received Ph.D from Tohoku University in 1991. Then, he was assigned to CEO of NTT Data Intellilink Corporation, which was a subsidiary of NTT Data, during 2003 to 2007. After that, he moved and was assigned to the Director of NTT Service Integration Laboratory from 2007 to 2009 and NTT Information Sharing Laboratory from 2009 to 2011. After that he came back to the CEO of NTT Data Intellilink in 2011. At the company, he was involved in the design, deployment, and operation of IT infrastructure for government, financial, and critical infrastructure companies, as well as the provision of information security management. In 2018 he retired the CEO of the company and become the corporate fellow of the company. He is also Visiting Professor at University of Tsukuba, Center for Artificial Intelligence Research since 2018. He wrote many technical papers, articles and books regarding information security, and telecommunication technologies. CISSP, CISA, Fellow of IEICE (The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers), Vice President of JASA (Japan Information Security Audit Association),
Clara Lemaire
Splunk Director, European Government Affairs
S2-4 Panelist (3) "Active Cyber Defense across Europe"
Clara Lemaire is in charge of European Government Affairs at Splunk. As such, she keeps track of key regulatory and policy developments impacting the company in the EU but also in key markets like France and Germany. Her core area of expertise is cybersecurity policy, but also data governance, cloud and AI regulations. Before joining Splunk in 2019, Clara was in charge of public affairs for Centrica, a British energy company. She started her career as a public affairs consultant and as an assistant to a Member of the European Parliament.
Yisuo Tzeng
Institute for National Defense and Security, Research Associate research fellow
S2-4 Panelist (4) "Active Cyber Defense in Taiwan's Cyber Strategy"
Dr. Yisuo Tzeng, with a B.A. in finance from National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University, works in cybersecurity and decision-making simulation at Taiwan's INDSR. He also teaches at National Defense University and Tamkang University. His research focuses on Chinese influence campaigns, digital surveillance, cyber warfare, AI in defense, military's role in cybersecurity governance, and emerging cyber-electron-space warfare. He has been involved in track 2/1.5 dialogues and tabletop exercises related to Taiwan contingencies.
Csaba Krasznay
Ludovika University of Public Service, Hungary associate professor
Csaba Krasznay is an associate professor at the Ludovika University of Public Service, Hungary with cybersecurity and cyber warfare being his field of research. Besides his activities in higher education, he is present on the market as well. He obtained a CISA certification in 2005, CISM and CISSP in 2006, CEH in 2008, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor in 2012 and CSSLP in 2015. He is a board member of the Voluntary Cyberdefence Cooperation, member of ISACA Budapest Chapter, Magyary Zoltán E-government Association, Hungarian Association of Military Science, Scientific Association for Infocommunications and the Hungarian Association for Electronic Signature.
Joseph Jarnecki
Royal United Services Institute Research Fellow
Joseph Jarnecki is a Research Fellow at RUSI, specializing in international cyber security support, governance, and disruptive technologies. His research includes cyber capacity building, defense deployment, capability provision, Indo-Pacific cyber governance, national CERTs, and strategy. He also investigates cyber threats to satellite communications, New Space, and big tech's role in statecraft. In disruptive tech, he studies quantum tech for sensing and secure communication, hyperconnectivity for public service, and AI for healthcare and disinformation. Before RUSI, Joseph was involved in a King's College London project on UK security service oversight.
Sandro Gaycken
Dr., Founder Monarch
Dr. Sandro Gaycken is the director of the Digital Society Institute Berlin, founder and CLO of Monarch and founder and Chief Scientist at Hensoldt Cyber GmbH. He is a Fellow at Oxford University's Martin School, an advisor in Harvard Kennedy School's AI Initiative, a project co-lead and research director at Le CNAM Paris, lecturer for cyberwarfare at the NATO Defense College, a director on cybersecurity and cyberdefense strategy in the NATO SPS program and has been named a key innovator within the Vulcan ecosystem of US Special Operations. The main focus of his research and development activities is on cybersecurity, cyberwarfare, hacking, privacy, AI, and the deep tech information society.
Bernard Siman
Ing. Senior Associate Fellow, Egmont-Royal Institute for International Relations (Belgium)
Ing. Bernard SIMAN is Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute for International Relations which is associated with the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is in charge of Hybrid Threats and Warfare, as well as Global Maritime Geopolitics. In addition he is in charge of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern research. He also teaches at the Staff College of the Belgian Royal Military Academy, and at the European Security and Defence College (ESDC). He is also Head of Financial and Cyber Diplomacy at the Brussels Diplomatic Academy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He is a graduate of an institute at the Catholic University of Leuven, has a Graduate Civil Engineering Diploma from Kyoto University, and an MPhil in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as being a graduate of the Senior Strategic Programme of the ESDC, the highest defence and security course in the EU. King Filip of Belgium honoured him with a Knighthood in the Order of Leopoldo, and HM the late Queen Elizabeth with the Order of the British Empire.
Vasco Prates
CDR Strategy Branch Researcher, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence
Commander Vasco Prates was appointed to the position of Researcher at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallinn, Estonia in March 2021. Prior to joining the CCDCOE, Commander Vasco served as a Staff Officer in the Portuguese Navy in Cyber Defence. Assigned to several Portuguese Navy Ships on overseas missions in his earlier years, he also accumulated more than 9 years’ experience in Cyber Defence whilst participating in international working groups, NATO and EU, and in several International and National exercises. In his first year in CCDCOE, Commander Vasco was a researcher in the Operations Branch and Course Director for the NATO ACT Approved course “Integrating Cyber Considerations into Operational Planning”. Commander Vasco is currently in the Strategy Branch where his primary role is providing military expertise to NATO and partner countries in capability development efforts in the area of Cyber Defence, providing analysis on the role of the armed forces in Cyberspace namely defence planning, cybersecurity crisis management and capability development. Commander Vasco Prates has a degree in Military Sciences, in Weapons and Electronic Systems, from the Portuguese Naval Academy and holds. two postgraduates, in Security and Defence and on Occupational Health and Safety
Tomomi Moriyama
Strategy Branch Researcher, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence
2006 Joined Japan Defense Agency (Ministry of Defense) 2022 Current assignment (secondment)
Mart Noorma
Dr., Director, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence
Prior to joining CCDCOE, Mart Noorma has led innovation and digital transformation at several organizations. He has served as the Science and Development Director of Milrem Robotics and the Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, the Head of Space Technology Department, and the Professor of Space and Defence Technology at the University of Tartu. Mart Noorma has also worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Helsinki University of Technology, where he obtained the degree of the Doctor of Science in Technology in 2005. Mart Noorma has been actively engaged in NATO, EU, and international cooperation on innovation and novel technology development. He has been a member of the NATO Advisory Group on Emerging and Disruptive Technologies, the NATO STO Applied Vehicle Technology Panel, the EEAS Space Advisory Board, and the IEEE Autonomous Weapon Systems Expert Advisory Committee.
Sebastian Cymutta
Researcher in the Law Branch of the NATO
Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia. His focus area is the application of international law to cyber operations. Besides this, he is part of the management team for Locked Shields – the world’s leading live-fire cyber exercise. Furthermore, he is supporting several other (cyber) exercises with conceptual and legal expertise, helping the respective stakeholders to create more realistic and challenging training experiences.
Gundars Bergmanis-Korats
Dr.,Principal Scientist, NATO StratCom COE
Holding a Ph.D. in signal and image processing, Dr. Gundars Bergmanis-Korāts works as a principal scientist at the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (StratCom COE). His research is primarily focused on the evolving role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the landscape of disinformation. Within the scope of his work, Dr. Bergmanis-Korāts is involved in numerous projects. He utilizes his expertise in the practical application of AI within custom analytics tools, aiming to enhance their efficiency and accuracy. Furthermore, he also investigates the applicability of AI in small EU languages, specifically in the context of countering disinformation. In addition to these research areas, Dr. Bergmanis-Korāts studies the role of AI in Strategic Communications, with a keen interest in the implications and opportunities associated with cutting-edge generative AI, including the Large Language Models. His prior work includes an exploration of the security implications of data brokers and an analysis of social media platforms.
Dr./Major General (Retired), Depty Chief of Executive Committee,CYDEF 2023
Major General (retired) Kazuo TOKITO was graduated from National Defense Academy(NDA) in 1985 majored in electrical engineering. And also graduated from officer’s candidate school of Japan Air Self Defense Force(JASDF). He studied computer science at graduate school of NDA and graduated in 1989. He is a Doctor of Engineering. As for the service career, he worked at several RADAR sites and Sector Operation Centers as a communications and systems officer. After that, he worked as a base service group commander at Matsushima Air Base from 2008 to 2011. He encountered a tremendous huge earthquake and tsunami at that base. His significant careers were Director of C4 and cyber (J6) at Joint Staff Office in 2013 and a base commander of Matsushima Air Base in 2015 and reconstructed from Tsunami disaster. He retired from JASDF as a vice commander of Northern Air Defense Command in 2017 and assumed an advisor of Defense Systems Company. Also he is CYDEF 2023 deputy chief of executive committee member.
Mietta Groeneveld
Col, Director,NATO C2 Centre of Excellence
Colonel Mietta Groeneveld is the Director of the NATO Command & Control Centre of Excellence (C2COE). The C2COE supports NATO with subject matter expertise on Command and Control. Currently specifically on the development of NATO Multi Domain C2, the transformation of operational level headquarters and the impact of technology on connectivity and decision making.
IDE Tatsuo
Dr., Director Organization for Cyber Defense Innovation
Obtained a bachelor's degree from the National Defense Academy, a master's degree from the Open University, and a doctoral degree from Waseda University. Enlisted in the Maritime Self-Defense Force in 1992, serving on surface ships, submarines, in system-related units, at the Joint Staff and Maritime Staff Offices, the National Defense Academy, and the Officer Candidate School. As of 2023, appointed as a member of the planning committee for Nippon Institute for Advanced Study of Intelligence (tentative name).
Stephanie Carvin
Dr., Associate Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada
Stephanie Carvin is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Her research interests are in the area of national and international security. Currently, she is teaching in the areas of critical infrastructure protection, intelligence and public policy. Stephanie holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and published her thesis as Prisoners of America’s Wars: From the Early Republic to Guantanamo (Columbia/Hurst, 2010). Her most recent book is Stand on Guard: Reassessing Threats to Canada’s National Security (University of Toronto Press, 2021) which was nominated for the 2021 Donner Prize for the best book in Canadian public policy. She is the co-author of Intelligence and Policy Making: The Canadian Experience (Stanford University Press 2021) with Thomas Juneau, and Science, Law, Liberalism and the American Way of Warfare: The Quest for Humanity in Conflict (Cambridge, 2015) co-authored with Michael J. Williams. In 2009, Carvin was an observer at the US Department of Defence Law of War Working Group and a visiting fellow at George Washington University Law School. From 2012-2015, she was an analyst with the Government of Canada focusing on national security issues. Her next project is a book on the Canadian far-right, co-authored with Queen’s assistant professor, Amarnath Amarasingam
Didier DANET
Dr., Consultant, GEODE Science Research Group
Former Director of the post master degree "Cybersecurity", Saint-Cyr Military Academy (France) Recent Publications : Cyberdefense, 2nd edition, Armand Colin, U Coll., Paris 2023
Tim Perry
International Cyber Security Consultant, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Tim Perry is a cyber-security programme lead at BAE Digital Intelligence, where he helps to deliver cyber security solutions for government clients across the world. Prior to BAE DI, Tim spent 18 years working for the UK government in a number of cyber-focused roles including in developing the UK National Cyber Security strategy.
Serhii Demedyuk
GEN,Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, National Cybersecurity Coordination Center
DEMEDYUK Serhii Vasyliovych, Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, General of the Police of the 3rd rank. For high achievements in combat and professional training, he was awarded the state award «For impeccable service» of the III degree. Until 2015, he worked in management positions in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in the field of combating cybercrime and economic crime. From 2015 to 2019, he served as the head of the Cyber Police Department of the National Police of Ukraine. Under the direct leadership of S. Demedyuk, a project on the creation and formation of the first law enforcement unit specializing in the detection and investigation of cybercrime - the Cyber Police - was successfully implemented in Ukraine. On October 21, 2019, by Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 765/2019, he was appointed to the post of Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. He also holds the position of deputy head of the National Cyber security Coordination Center.
Jason Silves
Lt Col., Bilateral Affairs Officer, US Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Washington Air National Guard
Lt Col Silves received his commission in the United States Army upon graduation from the University of Washington in 1999. He served as an Armor Platoon Leader in Korea with 1-72 Armor, “First Tank” before transitioning to communications. Lt Col Silves served at every level of operations in 5th Theater Signal Command from platoon leader to the command G3 operations center where he supported units deployed to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In 2006, he deployed as a Squadron Signal Officer with 1-40 Cavalry (ABN) in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08. Lt Col Silves joined the Air National Guard in Alaska in 2009 where he served in the 176th Air Control Squadron and 176th Force Support Squadron. He joined the Washington Air National Guard in October 2011. Lt Col Silves spent time in both the 262nd Cyberspace Operations Squadron and 252nd Cyberspace Operations Group. Prior to his current position, Lt Col Silves commanded the 194th Communications Flight, providing all manners of communication support to the 194th Wing, Washington Air National Guard. Lt Col Silves spearheaded the Washington Air National Guard cyberspace partnership with the Kingdom of Thailand and, more recently, with Malaysia.
Brandon Wallace
Manager, Deloitte Tohmatsu Cyber LLC
Brandon Wallace is an information system security management and cybersecurity analyst professional with over 15 years of technological experience. Brandon joined Deloitte-US in 2020 before transferring to Deloitte Tohmatsu Cyber LLC (DTCY) in 2023. Prior to Deloitte, Brandon served in the U.S. Air Force as an Armament Systems Specialist and Suitability Analyst charged with testing operational capabilities of various combat Air Force assets. Brandon obtained a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Penn State University and holds key industry certifications, including CISSP and Security+. His background includes systems engineering and test management in multiple Defensive Cyber Operations Program Management Offices and Active Cyber Defense programs. Brandon also has experience in leading DoD organizations through successful accreditation and continuous monitoring (Risk Management Framework) activities for major cloud computing services, business applications, cyber defense capabilities, and on-prem systems. As part of DTCY, Brandon helps develop and implement cyber risk strategies, security assessment programs, vulnerability management, threat intelligence and cybersecurity monitoring, and resiliency programs.
Conrad Prince
Senior Adviser, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Conrad Prince CB is Senior Adviser to BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. He was deputy head of the UK’s cyber intelligence and security agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, from 2008 – 2015. In 2015 he became the UK Government’s first Cyber Security Ambassador, providing strategic advice to a range of governments on cyber security strategy and advising on implementation of various aspects of the UK’s national cyber strategy. He left government service in 2018 and now holds various cyber advisory roles in the private sector, advising boards on cyber threat and helping them develop their cyber strategies. In his role as a senior adviser to BAE Systems Digital Intelligence he advises a number of countries on cyber issues. He is additionally a Distinguished Fellow at the UK think tank the Royal United Services Institute, helping to lead the institute’s cyber research programme.
Tadashi Kaji
Dr., Distinguished Researcher, Service Systems Innovation Center, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.
Since joining the company Hitachi, Ltd. 1996, he has been engaged in cybersecurity research and development and international standardization activities. Currently, in addition to cybersecurity, he is working on developing a framework for trust in a digital society and an architecture of the digital smart city. He is an external lecturer at the Graduate School of Information Security. Ph.D. (Information Science)
Stefan Nelwan
Dr., Staff Officer, NATO C2COE
Stefan Nelwan, staff officer (reserve) academic networks at the NATO Command & Control Center of Excellence.
Taro Sekine
CEO, NTT Security Japan
In 2013, he participated in the establishment of NTT Com Security Japan Inc., and was in charge of business planning in Japan. Worked on personnel system reform to promote security personnel. He was also Global GTM Leader from 2014 to 2016. Since 2018, he has been responsible for human resources, information security and governance as CAO of NTT Security Corporation. Engaged in business planning, service development, and alliance partnerships for telecommunication broadcasting linkage services, and realized commercialization of optical fiber broadcasting and IP retransmission services provided by NTT Group. In addition, engaged in service planning and development, including online marketing, web desktop, and public air pollution monitoring systems.
Xiang Zheng Teo
Vice President of Advisory, Ensign InfoSecurity
"Teo Xiang Zheng is the Vice President of Advisory at Ensign InfoSecurity (Ensign), one of Asia’s largest pure-play cybersecurity firms. He is responsible for leading the Advisory services, providing expert counsel and advisory to leaders and executives on cybersecurity strategy, enabling them to understand cybersecurity threats and advise approaches to manage the cyber risks, so that they can make informed risk management decisions. This helps the organisations he advises to improve their cyber readiness and resilience across operational and technological domains. He personally leads special and complex projects with multi-disciplinary teams to help his clients achieve their mission objectives. Xiang Zheng is a career consultant having gone through technology, management, and cybersecurity consulting. He currently advises multi-national organisations, critical information infrastructure operators, government agencies and industry associations in advancing their cybersecurity defence posture. Xiang Zheng is a Core Member of the Geneva Dialogue for Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace and a Technical Representative for Ensign InfoSecurity’s interests with MITRE Engenuity Center for Threat Informed Defense as a Research Sponsor. He graduated from the Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering. He received his Master of Laws in Commercial Law from the Singapore Management University. He has also attended the John F. Kenndy School of Government’s executive education programme for cybersecurity at Harvard University in the United States, and the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Certificate (executive education) Programme with the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University."
Martin Libicki
Distinguished Visiting Professor, U.S. Naval Academy, (Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley 1978)
Martin Libicki holds the Keyser Chair of Cybersecurity Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy. In addition to teaching, he carries out research in cyberwar and the general impact of information technology on domestic and national security. He is the author of a 2021 textbook on cyberwar, Cyberspace in Peace and War (2nd edition), as well as Conquest in Cyberspace: National Security and Information Warfare and various related RAND monographs. Prior employment includes twelve years at the National Defense University, three years on the Navy Staff (logistics) and three years for the US GAO.
Yuval Elovici
Ph.D., Professor, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU)
Yuval Elovici is the director of the Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), head of BGU Cyber Security Research Center, Professor in the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering at BGU. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering from BGU and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Tel-Aviv University. His primary research interests are computer and network security, cyber security, web intelligence, information warfare, social network analysis, and machine learning. Prof. Elovici also consults professionally in the area of cyber security and is the co-founder of Morphisec, startup company that develop innovative cyber-security mechanisms that relate to moving target defense, and CyberMed that focus on securing medical imaging devices.
Jason Silves
Lt Col, Bilateral Affairs Officer, US Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Washington Air National Guard
"Lt Col Silves received his commission in the United States Army upon graduation from the University of Washington in 1999. He served as an Armor Platoon Leader in Korea with 1-72 Armor, “First Tank” before transitioning to communications. Lt Col Silves served at every level of operations in 5th. Theater Signal Command from platoon leader to the command G3 operations center where he supported units deployed to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In 2006, he deployed as a Squadron Signal Officer with 1-40 Cavalry (ABN) in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08. Lt Col Silves joined the Air National Guard in Alaska in 2009 where he served in the 176th Air Control Squadron and 176th Force Support Squadron. He joined the Washington Air National Guard in October 2011. Lt Col Silves spent time in both the 262nd Cyberspace Operations Squadron and 252nd Cyberspace Operations Group. Prior to his current position, Lt Col Silves commanded the 194th Communications Flight, providing all manners of communication support to the 194th Wing, Washington Air National Guard. Lt Col Silves spearheaded the Washington Air National Guard cyberspace partnership with the Kingdom of Thailand and, more recently, with Malaysia."
Go Hashimoto
Partner, Attorney at Law, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners
A seasoned international practice attorney, Mr. Hashimoto’s clients include a number of governments and global enterprises and he has been very active in cross-border business transactions, dispute resolution, regulatory and compliance matters and government relations for over a quarter of a century. One of the few private sector attorneys in Japan whose practice focuses on national security matters, his practice increasingly involves cybersecurity, export control, investment regulations and defense industry matters, making him a rare “bridge” between the civilian and military entities and organizations, Japanese and non-Japanese. He was a loan officer at the Export-Import Bank of Japan (1989-1993) and started off his career as an attorney in New York City at O’Melveny & Myers LLP (1997-1998). Since then, he has been a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP (now a part of Morgan Lewis Bockius LLP), Greenberg Traurig LLP, Nishimura & Asahi and Atsumi & Sakai, and is currently a partner at Ohebashi LPC & Partners. He is a graduate of Tokyo University (LL.B., 1989); University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (LL. M., 1992); Columbia Law School (J.D., 1996); and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (M.I.A., International Economic Policy, 1997). He is also a Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, JGSDF and is currently a PhD candidate (International Law, LOAC) at Osaka University.

Date and Time

  • Nov. 29 (Wed) – Dec. 1 (Fri), 2023
    • Day1: Nov. 29(Wed) 09:00-19:05
    • Day2: Nov. 30(Thu) 09:00-17:25
    • Day3: Dec. 1 (Fri) 09:00-12:00 ※Wrap-up session
Nov. 29(Wed)
Nov. 30(Thu)
Dec. 1(Fri)
OpeningOpening Opening
Keynote speech #1Keynote speech #209:05-10:35
Wrap-up session
Panel discussion
Panel discussion
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Panel discussion
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Networking Reception
at Shinagawa Prince Hotel
(Invited persons only)


  • On-site and on-demand view of recorded video
  • Venue:Vision Center Shinagawa, Tokyo
  • Access to the venue: 3 minutes walk from JR or Keikyu Shinagawa Station
  • Address: 4-10-8, Takanawa, Minato-ku, 108-0074, Tokyo, Keikyu-7th Building, 2F and 3F (entrance is 3rd floor) Vision Center Shinagawa
  • Please browse the Google map below using your language, the default is Japanese mixed with English.

Registration fee

Regular 30,000JPY,Academia/Government 15,000JPY,Student 5,000JPY

※ALL attendants, including Invited guest, has to register for the conference.

Regular 10,000JPY,Academia/Government 5,000JPY,Student 1,000JPY,Invited guest (who holds invitation code) FREE,Member (of Organization for Cyber Defence Innovation) FREE

※ALL on-demand attendants, including Invited guests, have to register for the conference.


Host Organization

  • Organization for Cyber Defense Innovation (formerly known as Cyber Defense Study Group)

Subsidy Fund

  • Ministry of Defense
  • Watanabe Found
  • Planning Committee for Nippon Institute for Advanced Study of  Technology

Sponsors (Platinum)

  • NTT Security Holdings Corporation
  • NTT Communications

Sponsors (Gold)

  • BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
  • Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Deloitte Tohmatsu Cyber LLC

Sponsors (Silver)

  • KELA Group Japan
  • Amazon Web Services Japan G.K. 
  • Fujitsu Ltd.

Sponsors (Bronze)

  • Cognite Software, Ltd.
  • Kozo Keikaku Engineering, Inc.
  • Yokosuka Maritime and IT Education Association
  • Yokosuka Research Park, Inc.
  • FFRI Security, Inc.

Sponsors (Partner)

  • NRI SecureTechnologies, Ltd.
  • Tokyo Marine dR Co., Ltd.
  • Braze East Inc. 
  • Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
  • Co., Ltd.
  • Splunk Services Japan G.K.
  • Nihon Cyber Defence Co., Ltd.
  • Macnica, Inc.
  • The Computing Technology Industry Association, CompTIA Japan
  • J-MEC
  • Yamato Consulting and Research Group
  • Anchor Technologies, Inc.

Support Organizations (Government, Groups and Local Government)

  • Ministry of Defense
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity
  • National Police Agency
  • Digital Agency
  • Council for Public Policy 
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry, Economic Research Institute
  • CRIC Security Quality Committee
  • National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience
  • Yokosuka City

Support Organization (Embassys in Japan,Alphabetical Order of Nations)

  • Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Tokyo
  • The British Embassy Tokyo
  • Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tokyo
  • Deutsche Auslandsvertretungen in Japan
  • Embassy of Estonia Tokyo
  • Embassy of Italia in Japan
  • Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Japan
  • United States Embassy
  • Embassy of Israel in Japan

Support Labs(Alphabetical Order of Lab names)

  • Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education, School of Computing, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations
  • National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
  • Institute of Information Security
  • NATO Command & Control Centre of Excellence (NATO C2COE)
  • NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence(NATO CCDCOE)
  • NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence(NATO StratcomCOE)
  • Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies
  • The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE)
  • Army Cyber Institute (ACI, USA)

Organizing Committee (Alphabetical order)

  • Executive Committee Chair : Mr. TAKAMIZAWA Nobushige, Visiting Professor, The University of Tokyo
  • Executive Committee Vice Chair : Dr. MAJ(ret) TOKITO Kazuo
  • Dr. FURUICHI Masakazu, Professor, Nihon University
  • Dr. CAPT(ret) IDE Tatsuo, Planning Committee for Nippon Institute for Advanced Study of Intelligence
  • Mr. IWASAKI Kai
  • Dr. MIYAKE Ko, Fellow, NTT DATA INTELLILINK Corporation
  • Dr. NAKAMURA Yuichi, SoftBank Corp.
  • Mr. NORIFUSA Masaya, Advisor, Cyber Risk Information Center
  • Mr. OGUMA Keiichiro, ISC2
  • Mr. TAKAHASHI Yusuke, Director, Sales, Networks Company, Macnica,Inc. 
  • Dr. YANO Yoshiaki, Invited Professor, Gifu Momen’s University
  • Mr. YOSHIMURA Katsuyasu, NTT DATA INTELLILINK Corporation

Program Panel Committee

  • Dr. Gundars Bergmanis-Korats, Chief Scientist, NATO Strategic Communication COE
  • Dr. LtCol. Jason C. Brown, Army Cyber Institute(United States of America)
  • Dr. FURUICHI Masakazu, Professor, Nihon University / Organization for Cyber Defense Innovation (Japan)
  • Dr. Capt(ret) IDE Tatsuo, Planning Committee for Nippon Institute for Advanced Study of Intelligence / Organization for Cyber Defense Innovation (Japan)
  • Dr. IKEGAMI Jyusuke, Professor, Waseda University / Organization for Cyber Defense Innovation (Japan)
  • Dr. KUWANA Eiji, NTT TechnoCross Corporation/ Organization for Cyber Defense Innovation (Japan)
  • Ms. MORIYAMA Tomomi, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense COE(Estonia)
  • Dr. Maj. Stefan Nelman, NATO Command & Control COE(Netherlands)
  • Dr. Col. Josef Schroefl, EU/NATO Hybrid COE(Finland)
  • Mr. TAKAMIZAWA Nobushige, Professor, Tokyo University / Organization for Cyber Defense Innovation (Japan)