Despite an increased focus on cyber security at EU level and worldwide, the number, level of sophistication and the differing nature of cyber incidents are on the rise. In an era where the interaction between the technology and the physical worlds is growing, where connected devices and systems are proliferating and a number of sectors are going through digitization processes, it is vital that technical solutions and regulations remain adapted to emerging and evolving cyber threats.
Gathering leading policy-makers, industry players and high level cyber security and defence experts, the 7th Annual European Cyber Security Conference organised by Forum Europe debated what Europe’s response to evolving threats in a dynamic global risk landscape should look like and what the next steps for all actors of the ecosystem should be to create a safe and secure cyber environment allowing Europe to leverage the tremendous socio-economic benefits offered by digital technologies.
On 8 November 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, over 200 key stakeholders and policy makers gathered to discuss how all stakeholders in the ecosystem can work together to secure network and information systems in Europe and to improve preparedness resilience, deterrence and defence in an era where both critical infrastructures and our democratic processes are under threats.
You can view full details of the 6th edition here.
Director General DG CONNECT, European Commission
Secretary of State Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs, Government Plenipotentiary for Cybersecurity
Chief Information Officer, Austrian Federal Government
Member, European Parliament
Member, European Parliament
Member, European Parliament
Deputy Head of Unit 'Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building'. European Commission
Head of Cyber Sector, European External Action Service
Chief Information Security Officer, Iberdrola
As we enter a key period for policymaking, with the new European Parliament in place* (* at time of the conference) and ahead of the start of the new European Commission’s mandate, this session will look at the state-of-play of Cybersecurity in Europe and the main challenges likely to be faced by all stakeholders forming the cybersecurity ecosystem in the next five years and beyond. As cybersecurity requires constant innovation to keep up with evolving threats, it will ask whether the current EU framework is flexible and adaptable enough to respond to future emerging threats and will discuss the crucial role of trust, transparency and common security standards as the basis of a secure digital space. Finally it will debate what will need to be done to boost further cross-border and cross-sectors cooperation efforts in the region in order to tackle the fragmentation of Europe’s cybersecurity environment, to protect against, prevent and respond to cyber attacks, and to enhance the competitiveness of the EU’s cybersecurity industry at global level.
A secured and stable cyberspace will not only rely on a strong policy framework but also on the continuous development of integrated strategies based on the deployment of innovative security technologies, on a responsible cybersecurity culture within organisations and through the improvement of the workforce’s digital skills in both the private and public sectors.
In a dynamic and fast changing cyber environment, cybersecurity requires constant innovation to keep pace with evolving threats. This represents new opportunities for the tech industry and for the development of a strong Cybersecurity market in Europe as innovative and sophisticated solutions will constantly be needed to address the next generation of cyber threats.
Through a series of short presentations, the session will explore the emerging trends for real-time detection, protection against, or recovery from cyber-incidents, the security challenges and opportunities related to these, and will discuss the extent to which these technologies can be part of the solution and shape the future of cybersecurity. Finally, it will ask what additional support the industry and the research community concretely need in order to create new advanced products and solutions.
Cyber threats are affecting organizations of all sizes in all sectors. In order to protect their networks against cyber incidents, public and private entities need to consider a layered approach combining technology with organizational risk-management processes and human education.
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With our day-to-day lives depending on the running of increasingly-digitised critical infrastructures, new cyber security implications have to be addressed, especially as we are entering a new era with the deployment of 5G networks. While it is foreseen that 5G will improve efficiencies, transform industries and create new use cases across vertical industries, it is also expected that it will significantly alter the cyber threat landscape, by widening the attack surface with billions of new connected devices running operations through increased bandwidth, hundreds of times faster than the speed of 4G networks. If compromised, any element being part of the network can be exploited at a new speed and scale, and as these new complex systems will rely on a huge number of components being manufactured by various players all over the world, concerns over the integrity of supply chains have been raised.
This session will explore what needs to be done to ensure better integration of cybersecurity in existing industrial systems before the full roll-out of 5G and the emerging cyber security challenges linked to the deployment of 5G. It will also discuss the need for a collective response by private and public sectors to address threats related to supply chain integrity and to ensure the security and resilience of critical applications and ask what is being undertaken by the EU in the area of cybersecurity certification and standardization specific to 5G. Finally it will elaborate on the outcome of the activities highlighted in the European Commission’s recommendation for a common EU approach to the security of 5G networks released in March 2019, in particular on the national risk assessment undertaken by EU Member States and the set of possible mitigating measures expected to be publicized in December 2019.
Strengthening the resilience of the cyberspace and ensuring its stability is a common objective that the EU shares with international partners. Given the global dimension of cyber threats, an enhanced level of cooperation and coordination between all stakeholders is required to protect our societies from the possible malicious exploitation of networked technologies as part of offensive operations and disinformation campaigns initiated by hostile State and non-State actors. It is also crucial that the law enforcement community received the appropriate support, tools and capabilities to investigate illegal cyber activities and prosecute the perpetrators.
This session will discuss how greater stakeholder cooperation and collaboration can be best promoted. Looking at the global picture, it will examine the extent to which the multilateral governance efforts that the EU is developing with international partners remains appropriate to address new and ever-changing challenges in the cyber realm and ask if these efforts go far enough to establish the required level of trust between nations to encourage operational collaboration. Issues relating to the use of offensive capabilities for defensive purposes will be debated as well as the latest developments with regards to the EU Cyber Diplomacy toolbox, with discussion around attribution issues and around the new EU framework allowing cyber sanctions on persons or entities that are responsible for cyber-attacks.
If you are interested in becoming an event partner for our 8th edition in 2020, please contact us or download the sponsorship brochure from 2019 here.
Applies to: Corporate Organisations
Applies to: NGO / Not for Profit, Academic / Student , National Government / Regulator, Diplomatic Mission to the EU
Applies to: European Commission / Parliament / Council, EU Permanent Representations, Press / Journalists
Group discounts are available when registering multiple delegates on the same booking, as shown below.
|Number of delegates||Group discount|
|3 – 5||10%|
|6 – 8||20%|
For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Anne-Lise Simon using any of the details below.
Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 073