GLOBSEC 2018 security forum to focus on cyber security, AI

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GLOBSEC will officially launch three new initiatives at this year's forum.

BRATISLAVA, May 17 (Xinhua) -- The annual GLOBSEC security forum starting here on Thursday will focus on cyber security and artificial intelligence more than before, GLOBSEC president Robert Vass announced on Thursday.

"The GLOBSEC Cyber Futures Council will explore the drivers, obstacles and emerging technologies that will shape cyber security's role in society. The council's research will take in developments in the commercial and military sectors, as well as trends in international politics, economy and culture," said Vass.

The organisers of this year's security forum in Bratislava expect 140 people from various sectors, which is the highest figure in its history so far. A total of 1,000 participants from up to 70 countries are expected to attend the event.

"The conference will no longer be a mere platform for exchanging opinions. We're also bringing our own view to it, as well as our own recommendations for several issues to be discussed," stressed Vass.

"This project aims to identify major Artificial Intelligence (AI) trends that are likely to have a profound impact on the global security landscape. G-AISI will advocate for more assertive and confident Western leadership in utilising AI for defense purposes," expressed Vass, adding the same can also be said of the GLOBSEC European Security Initiative (GESI).

"GESI aims to influence European security debates with a view to closing the imbalance in transatlantic defense capabilities. To assist, a steering committee consisting of renowned experts will provide recommendations on how Europe can enhance its defense prowess and ability to respond to a wide spectrum of security challenges," added Vass.

The second initiative is the GLOBSEC Artificial Intelligence for Security Initiative (G-AISI).

Among the prominent speakers to give speeches at GLOBSEC are Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, the foreign affairs ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries -- Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia -- and other members of foreign governments.