This conference will be held under a Hybrid Format and in-person attendance at this event will be limited to 120 attendees.
There will be a significant in-person component to this event with demand likely to be high. If you are interested in participating in the conference in person we recommend that you apply for your spot as soon as possible. For those not attending on site, sessions will be live streamed to our events platform.
The European Cyber Security Conference returns to Brussels & Online this March for its 9th Edition! Gathering leading policy-makers, industry players, high level cyber security and defence experts, this Forum Europe conference, organised in partnership with the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), will explore Europe’s response to cyber security issues in a dynamically evolving global risk landscape and what the next steps for all actors of the ecosystem should be to create a safe and secure environment allowing Europe to leverage the tremendous socio-economic benefits offered by digital technologies.
The European Cyber Security Policy landscape: NIS 2, CER and the Cyber Resilience Act
5G and the Internet of Secure Things
Cyber security and Future Technologies
AI for Security Operations Centre
Enhancing European and Global cooperation in Cyber Security
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To address the increasing digitalisation of activities that are vital to the functioning of the internal market, the interconnectedness of these activities and the constant evolution of the digital and physical security risks landscape – all of which have been amplified throughout the COVID-19 crisis – the European Commission has continued to release proposed reforms to existing measures governing both cyber and physical resilience of critical entities and networks as part of its updated Cybersecurity Strategy. Both the proposed NIS 2 and the Critical Entities Resilience (CER) directives cover a wider range of sectors than their predecessors, based on their criticality to the internal market, and an upcoming Cyber Resilience Act will aim to set common standards for connected devices, complementing the measures set out in the delegated act to the Radio Equipment Directive, recently released. These ambitious measures aim to prepare for and respond to future cyber and physical security risks, in line with the approach defined in the Security Union Strategy 2020-2025 which breaks down the silo measures between the online and offline worlds.
This session will explore the status of discussions around the measures recently announced, identify areas where more clarity or focus needs to be given and discuss the importance of promoting a harmonised and consistent approach across the EU to truly boost the security and resilience of digital networks, products as well as of essential and important entities. It will ask how provisions of the NIS 2 and CER directives can increase the level of resilience of all relevant public and private entities that are key to the functioning of our economy and society, discuss what needs to be included in the upcoming Cyber Resilience Act and how it can be guaranteed that all measures truly complement each other.
This session will also discuss:
While it is recognised that 5G and associated connected technologies will play a significant and positive role in the digital and green transformation of numerous sectors in Europe, it is also expected that, by expanding the attack surface with billions of interconnected devices running through increased bandwidth, 5G will significantly alter the already-complex cyber threats landscape, giving rise to new vulnerabilities and risks: If compromised, any component of the network can be exploited at a new speed and scale. With 5G systems relying on a huge number of components being manufactured by various players all over the world, concerns over the integrity of supply chains have also been raised. This new reality has led Europe to launch several initiatives in recent years to bolster cybersecurity in a vastly expanded threat landscape resulting from the roll out of 5G and from the adoption of connected and intelligent technologies.
This session will discuss the latest thinking around the security and resilience of 5G networks and systems (with 6G already on the horizon) and of connected devices, notably around considerations pertaining to supply chain security and certification initiatives under the Cyber Security Act. It will also explore the work that is needed to make the upcoming Cyber Resilience Act a success by setting industry standards for the security of connected devices and supporting the EU’s ambitions to remain a leader in Cybersecurity on the global scale and the extent to which the recently adopted delegated act to the RED Directive is an appropriate first step.
Topics discussed will include:
This fireside chat will discuss the policy, technological and societal implications that continuous tech innovations will have on the notion of ‘cybersecurity’ as we know it given the development of a digital space that integrates emerging technologies like quantum computing, blockchain, AI and more, and as we look into futuristic concepts such as the ‘metaverse’.
This session will focus on the European Commission’s proposal to build a network of Security Operations Centres (SOCs) across the EU that would leverage AI and ML technologies to detect early signs of impending cyber-attacks and launch early preventative actions. It will discuss how the establishment of this network of SOCs aimed at building a so-called ‘Cyber Security Shield’ can concretely improve threat and incident detection, analysis and response, and the extent to which this network of SOCs will address the current fragmentation in information sharing between the public and private sectors. It will explore how the combination of AI and cybersecurity measures
alongside human expertise offers unique opportunities to the continuous development of a secure digital economy.
The session will also ask
– What data governance models need to be put in place to ensure that the AI systems being used in SOCs are secured, trustworthy and reliable?
– What considerations for the future of the intersection between real-time cybersecurity and AI in the context of SOCs need to be taken into account as EU initiatives around the deployment of Edge Computing, Quantum computing and other advanced technologies are scaling up?
-With technology, people and processes being at the core of SOCs, what more can be done both at EU and member-state level to encourage investments, support public-private cooperation further and ensure that a skilled and diverse workforce is in place to create a truly efficient ‘Cyber Security Shield”?
As the digital space transcends state borders, no country can counter cyber threats alone. Cooperation and a multilateral approach are therefore crucial to mitigate cybersecurity threats and to ensure the stability of the digital world. In the past decade, the EU has undertaken a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening cooperation amongst Member States, as well as with international organisations and partner countries in order to deliver a shared understanding of the digital threat landscape, to promote an open, stable and secure cyberspace and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms online.
This session will discuss the latest policies outlined in the new Cybersecurity Strategy as well as the non-regulatory instruments suggested to scale up cooperation and knowledge sharing at EU level and with international partners on existing and emerging cyber or hybrid threats. It will highlight how capacity and confidence building measures can be improved to develop and implement a coherent and holistic international cybersecurity approach that reflect the EU’s core values.
Areas of focus will include:
Given the ability to transition to a ‘hybrid’ format for this event, our packages have been designed to enable sponsors to take advantage of the enhanced face-to-face networking benefits that are made possible by a physical meeting environment, whilst also benefiting from the additional exposure and outreach that virtual events offer in terms of larger audience numbers.
To discuss sponsorship and visibility opportunities at the 9th Annual European Cyber Security Conference, please contact Anne-Lise Simon on [email protected] / +44 (0) 2920 783 023.
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Exhibition and demos area | Showcase your products and solutions or share a position paper with the audience at both onsite & digital exhibition booths