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Updating the European Cyber Security Strategy: Partnerships for Prevention and Preparedness

Home affairs, Migration and Integration
Date: Tuesday, 03 October 2017 10:30 - 16:30

Venue: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre, Brussels  |  City: Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium

With 315 Million Europeans using the internet each day, the provision of critical services and the functioning of a modern economy are now entirely dependent upon the robustness and safety of cyberspace and its infrastructure. Cyber security is also a growing economic opportunity for Europe, with the market predicted to be worth over $100 Billion by 2018 (European Commission). However, cyber attacks in the EU are growing in both their sophistication and frequency. In severe cases, companies are vulnerable to losing billions of Euros, falling victim to business interruption, extortion, industrial espionage, counterfeiting, data theft and data manipulation. As such, cybercrime is one of the greatest threats to business and governments around the world, with a global cost of approximately $445 bn annually (World Economic Forum, 2016).

Europe’s original strategy for cyber security was launched in 2013. Two years later, the European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the Commission’s proposed measures for the security of network and information systems (the NIS Directive) and on the data protection reform. These measures established a harmonised framework across Europe, with the Directive on security of Network and Information Systems (NIS) becoming the very first piece of European-wide legislation on cyber security. Its provisions aimed to make the online environment more trustworthy and therefore support the smooth functioning of the EU Digital Single Market. By September 2017, the European Commission will review the EU Cybersecurity Strategy and the mandate of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), to align it to the new EU-wide framework on cybersecurity. It will propose additional measures on standards, certification and labelling to ensure that connected objects are more secure.

At present, Europe’s ability to detect, investigate and counter threats from cyber activities is significantly challenged. Technological advancements have far outpaced policymakers’ responses to the shifting threats of cyberspace, with solutions driven primarily by national interest, rather than multilateral collaboration. Developments in the Internet of Things (IOT) pose new challenges, whilst the cybersecurity market itself remains highly fragmented, due to a lack of interoperability and reduced consumer trust in cross border e-commerce. With cyber security becoming intimately linked to public life, including essential services such as energy, transport, water and health systems, it is imperative that Europe steps up its digital security agenda and simultaneously harnesses the growing benefits of an interoperable digital market.

In line with the upcoming review of the European Cyber-security strategy, this symposium will provide businesses, local actors, industry regulators, intelligence agencies, police, technology specialists, academics and other key stakeholders with a timely and invaluable opportunity to engage with European cybersecurtity policies, collectively enhance our defences to malicious actors and address the root causes of vulnerability to cyber threats. 



09:15 Registration and Morning Refreshments
10:00 Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks

The Current and Future Policy Landscape of Cyber Security in Europe 

  • Assessing the Latest Policy Developments at EU Level in the Cyber Security Sector
  • The Role of the NIS Directive in a Fast- Moving Security Environment
  • Reviewing and Updating the EU Cyber Security Strategy: Successes and Challenges
  • Future Policy Recommendations and Pre-empting Emerging Risks
10:40 First Round of Discussions
11.10 Morning Coffee Break

Tackling Cyber Crime: Ensuring a Proactive and Coordinated Response

  • Fostering Resilience Across Member States: Multilateral Collaboration Against Cybercrime
  • The Cybercrime Nexus: Tackling Digital Terrorism, Industrial Espionage and Other Threats
  • Understanding Digital Hygiene and Best Practice for Stakeholder Risk Reduction  
  • Advocating and Raising Awareness of Common Risks and Protection Measures
12:00 Second Round of Discussions
12.30 Networking Lunch

Cyber Security and the Digital Single Market: Ensuring Economic Prosperity

  • Insights on Crisis Prevention and Preparedness From a Normal Chaos Perspective
  • Defining Minimum Cybersecurity Standards for Companies in Different Sectors
  • SMEs in the Cloud: Risks and Opportunities for Smaller Companies in Cloud Computing
14.00 Third Round of Discussions
14:30 Afternoon Coffee Break

The EU as a Key Cyber Security Player: Striving for Interoperability in Cyberspace

  • Building Stronger and Smarter Information Systems: Identifying Gaps in IT Architecture
  • Working Together to Combat Blind Spots: Ensuring Cooperation Across Member States
  • Ensuring Privacy in a Biometric Society: a Privacy-by-Design Approach
15.20 Fourth Round of Discussions
15:50 Chair's Summary and Closing Remarks
16.00 Networking Reception and Refreshments
16.30 Symposium Close

** Please note that the programme and speakers are subject to change without notice **

PARTICIPATION** Please note that the programme and speakers are subject to change without notice **

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