Whistleblowers and Cybersecurity: the new challenges to Democracy

In today’s technologically dependent world, information security has never been so important and challenging.  

Concerns about data breaches and compromised personal information infiltrate the news almost daily. 

Although the actual technology-enabled interconnectivity increases the need to adopt new methods and actions for protection against existing threats and possible challenges to emerge in the future, there is still a visible gap in terms of knowledge, awareness and capacity to deploy adequate strategies. 

Therefore, promoting cybersecurity has rapidly turned into a shared responsibility, imperative to safeguarding democratic institutions.  

This is particularly true in the case of whistleblowing protection.  

Whistleblowers are critical to protecting democracy and the rule of law and preserving anonymity through strong cybersecurity is a critical part of preventing whistleblower retaliation. 

With the aim of raising awareness and sharing best practices on how to effectively protect those who choose to blow the whistle, the past 28th of October FIBGAR organised the webinar “Whistleblowers and Cybersecurity: the new challenges to Democracy”. 

In the framework of the EAT project and of the European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM) coordinated by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) and the European Commission, the event saw the participation of Baltasar Garzon (FIBGAR), Hervé Falciani (Tactical Whistleblower), Agustín Yanel (FeSP), Joan Antoni Llinares (Valencia Anti-fraud Agency) and Estelle Raso (KPI Risk Ethics & Compliance). 

The webinar is available on FIBGAR’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HKK6hYGSP4  

Please here for the Spanish version.