On 24 September 2019 at TownHall Europe in Brussels took place the experts workshop “Stronger Together. Public-private cooperation to respond to malicious cyber activities”, organised by EU Cyber Direct Project in partnership with the European External Action Service and Microsoft.

The purpose of the meeting was to provide the space for the conversation about different roles that the private sector can play in the further implementation of the Cyber Diplomacy Toolbox – in particular regarding the EU cyber sanctions regime – as well as to explore the expectations and challenges that public and private sector face in working together.

The participants – coming from the private sector as well as from the EU institutions and the EU Member States – framed cybersecurity as a shared responsibility between governments, private sector, civil society, technical community, users and academia.

The workshop concluded that, while cooperation could be challenging due to national security reasons, both the private and public sector need to cooperate further in order to respond to cyber threats and to be better equipped to prevent future ones.