Shaun Cavanaugh here from the United States European Command’s International Cyber Engagement team. It’s been a while since I’ve last updated you on some of the things we’ve been working on within the EUCOM theater. Today I will tell you a little bit about Baltic Ghost.
What is Baltic Ghost?
Baltic Ghost is a series of cyber defense workshops held between EUCOM, Estonia (State Partner Maryland), Latvia (State Partner Michigan), Lithuania (State Partner Pennsylvania), their National Guard State Partners, as well as other observer nations. The first and most important aim of this workshop is to build, sustain, and/or enhance cyber partnerships between EUCOM, the Baltic States, and their respective State Partners. This directly supports guidance from both the White House and Department of Defense regarding international cooperation in cyberspace.
Working together is key!
As some of you reading this blog already know, when talking about cyberspace, cyber attacks are not limited to a country’s physical border. The challenge of cyberspace crosses all sectors including industry, governmental departments and agencies. It encompasses all aspects of society to include academia, public-private institutions, governments, and military organizations. Knowing who your “cyber neighbors” are is a critical piece of your plan to protect your country’s infrastructure. Additionally, when critical cyber infrastructures run through multiple countries you must take a collective approach to not only protecting that resource, but also to responding to an attack so that you are able to recover as quickly as possible.
What issues are being discussed at Baltic Ghost?
That is why workshops such as Baltic Ghost are so important to us. Issues being worked on at the workshops include: defining what the cyber critical infrastructure within the region is, what authorities are available when it comes to defining civil and military cyber organizations supporting one another during times of a cyber crisis, building public private partnerships, and defining what the most likely threat scenarios are within the region. These are very exciting times in the world of cyber, and I am happy to have the opportunity to work with such great colleagues from the Baltics as well as the National Guard.
Until next time,