Is there such a thing as a secure society? Security, resilience and societal values

July 26, 2016 2:15 - 3:30 pm


As our reliance on computer systems increases, so does the importance of cyber security. There is growing concern worldwide about the use of electronic communication for criminal activities. Countermeasures are being adopted by law enforcement agencies, security services and legislators to protect us from unauthorised access or attack. As a result, the use of surveillance in today’s society is growing – in the name of keeping citizens safe. But when do such security measures become a threat?

Threats to society, such as natural disasters, cyber-attacks, etc., are by nature transboundary and cannot be contained within national borders. We will explore how societies can enhance their resilience in order to withstand crises, using transnational collaboration as an example. Attention will be paid to the different aspects of vulnerabilities, resilience and capabilities for crisis management related to prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

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