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6th Annual QED Conference on Cybersecurity

ICT and Digital Agenda
Date: Wednesday, 17 October 2018 14:00 - 18:00

Venue: Arts 56  |  City: Brussel

13.30 – 14.00 Registration and welcome coffee

14.00 - 15.50  Panel 1: Fighting cyber threats - is the European Union heading in the right direction?

The European Commission concludes that 88% of the respondents in the public consultation regarding ENISA's role claim that there is insufficient machanisms and instruments at the EU-level to be able to face the cybersecurity challenges.

To be able to set up an adequate system on the EU-level, certification is pointed out as an important tool to increase the security on ICT products. According to the proposal, an independent EU agency providing necessary expertise is needed. The new proposal identifies ENISA as the agency that would be able to coordinate with national bodies and thereby lead this work.

How will the new mandate influence the process and upcoming legislation? Is it the right way forward? Will certification be the right solution and how can we prevent that the costs for producers, and in the end consumers, becomes too high?

Possible discussion points:

  • What will be the most important challenges in the coming years?         
  • How do we find the right balance between national and EU-legislation?
  • ENISA's new role, is this a step in the right direction?
  • Certification, how do we find the right balance between higher costs and necessary measurements?
  • Can we avoid market fragmentation as a result of companies often needing individual certification in each Member State?          
  • We will create a level playing field helping the industry in Europe or do we risk monopolizing cybersecurity solutions that will prevent the development of other alternatives?

Speaker line-up:

Axel Voss Member of the European Parliament

Aristotelis Tzafalias Assistant Policy Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Gregory Mounier Head of Outreach and Stakeholder Management, EC3 - European Cybercrime Centre

Vibhu Sharma Trusted Digital Transformation, Siemens

Līga Raita Rozentāle Director of Cybersecurity Policy, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Microsoft


Öykü Işik Assistant Professor, Information Systems Management, Vlerick Business School

15.50 – 16.10 Coffee break

16.10 – 18.00 Panel 2: New technology, data collection and privacy - where can we find the balance?

The amount of digital data created increases exponentially. The discussion about privacy on a citizen level is in conflict with fighting criminality and potentially also in conflict with the possibility to protect the citizens in national security matters.

Today, this is mainly considered to be the competence of national legislators. However, the crime is not limited to the national level and development towards more cooperation within the EU is one way to tackle the new situation. The need for cooperation will increase at the same pace as the digital data is created. The General Data Protection Regulation, which will be in place in May 2018, is an example of EU-regulations that will enable companies to use personal data.

The questions will be how can we find the balance between data privacy for citizens and the industry, and what potential can centralized collection of data bring when it comes to protecting citizens from criminal activities and against the threat of national security?

Possible discussion points:

  • To which extent should competence be transferred from national legislation to the EU level in order to deal with cross-border data flow?
  • What will be the consequences of GDPR?
  • Is it possible to find a balance between sharing enough data to prevent crime and providing enough protection for the privacy of individuals?
  • Digital technologies are providing solutions for a non-controlled market which can be used to finance terrorism, money laundering and tax evasion. How can we meet those threats?
  • How will the use of blockchain ledger technology within financial institutions influence the legislation concerning data privacy?

Speaker line-up:

Cătălin Sorin Ivan Member of the European Parliament

Pēteris Zilgalvis Head of Unit F3 - Start-ups and innovation, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Wojciech Wiewiórowski Assistant Supervisor, EDPS - European Data Protection Supervisor

Vivienne Artz Chief Privacy Officer, Thomson Reuters

Helena Koning Senior Managing Counsel Privacy & Data Protection, Mastercard


Öykü Işik Assistant Professor, Information Systems Management, Vlerick Business School




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  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018 14:00 - 18:00

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