How can cybersecurity certification schemes enhance Europe’s ICT security and competitiveness?
Date: 25 Sep 2018

The question of cybersecurity has emerged as a vital aspect of EU policy due to the fact that in the past few years digital threats have been evolving fast. According to the European Commission 2017 Cybersecurity Factsheet, ransomware attacks had increased by 300% since 2015, while the economic impact of cybercrime rose fivefold from 2013 to 2017, and could further rise by a factor of four by 2019. Cybersecurity has also been intensively in the spotlight due to a series of large-scale cyber-attacks aimed at Europe last year. In fact, the EU’s digital landscape is witnessing a rapid intensification of cybercrimes such as the theft of commercial trade secrets, business information and personal data, as well as disruption of services and infrastructures. At the same time, the rapid development of the Internet of Things is confirming that billions of devices will be evermore connected, and therefore vulnerable to such attacks, over the next decade, making the “security by design” of such devices a fundamental element. Against this background, private companies, including telecom undertakings, and public bodies have strengthened their tools to anticipate and fight against such attacks. Increasing coordination and overall level of security, as well as enhancing trust and confidence of citizens, will be essential to ensure the security and the competitiveness of the EU.

Evening debate between policy-makers and stakeholders on the new EU draft framework for cybersecurity with a special focus on teh question of "security by design", certification schemes and the impacts on the EU single market.

National Cyber Security Awareness Campaign BELGIUM
Date: 01 Oct 2018

National Awareness Campaign to incite all Belgians to make back-ups and updates!

CheckUp 2018
Date: 04 Oct 2018

Updated on trends & solutions in cybersecurity in one day

In 1 day, IT managers and security specialists are completely up-to-date on the latest trends, solutions & technologies regarding cybersecurity, aritificial intelligence, machinelearning, security maturity models, cloud security... Attendees can attend over 6 keynote sessions and experience over 20 technology test flights.

IBM Think Brussels
Date: 04 Oct 2018

Cyberattacks and data breaches are a fact of life. Your company needs to be ready to respond and minimize the impact on its business operations. Take a closer look at what’s needed to become cyber resilient. And examine the latest solutions to detect, prevent and react to security incidents. Join the Security & Resiliency campus and learn how to: Orchestrate and automate incident response processes. Apply AI to help speed-up threat-detection and incident response times. Understand the threat landscape of 2018. Adopt a disaster recovery approach that is also effective during a cyber crisis.

IBM Flagship event with separate security campus

Stronger together in the world of cyber: the EU Institutions and Agencies kick-off the European Cyber Security Month
Date: 04 Oct 2018

Do you have a special interest in cybersecurity? Do you want to get some practical tips to foster your or your organisation's digital security? During this session you will also have the chance to find out how EU’s Institutions (EUIs) and Agencies work together to strengthen their cyber resilience and digital security. Register now to join or follow the discussion online. This event marks the outset of the various activities which the EU’s Institutions and Agencies have planned to celebrate the EU’s annual cybersecurity awareness campaign, the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM).

To kick-off the EU’s Institutions’ participation in the European Cyber Security month (ECSM) 2018 we organise a 90 minutes session to raise awareness on cybersecurity threats, promote cybersecurity among organisations and citizens and provide tips on how to stay safe online and to protect our data, whether personal, financial and/or professional. To this end, we bring together key representatives of EU organisations, experts in cybersecurity, cyber defence and cybercrime.

Cybersecurity threats in an age of Internet of Things
Date: 08 Oct 2018

CONNECT University celebrates the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) 2018 by organising a thematic online event focused on how to secure the Internet of Things and face the cyber threats. Join us via webstream!

Many of our devices we use in our everyday life are connected to the internet collecting and sharing data. This inter-connection provides great benefits for the users. Sometimes we are not even aware that we are owners of such devices and users of technology known as Internet of Things. However, all connected devices may also leave us vulnerable to malicious users who look for any exposed weakness in order to attack and hijack our personal devices and compromise our cybersecurity.

The CONNECT University brings together European Commission and external experts in the domain of cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT) to discuss about cybersecurity challenges in the age of IoT. The session will also focus on solutions to strengthen the security of your connected devices.

The event will be open to the public on via web-streaming.

FERMA European Risk Management Seminar 2018
Date: 08 Oct 2018

The constantly evolving risk environment pushes risk managers to learn more to support their organisations. The FERMA European Risk Management Seminar organised by and for European risk managers will examine in depth some of today's most pressing risk issues in a short, but intense programme

This Seminar will help you acquire insights into two of the most topical issues facing organisations today. It will provide:
•Knowledge from the academic and business contributions of our experts

•Case studies

•Concrete learning outcomes, including toolboxes, practical tips,
theoretical models and more…

•Contacts to build a valuable network with peers

•An exceptional exchange of experiences

•A European perspective with topics discussed at international level

We promise you an intensive and highly interactive learning experience thanks to our group discussions and pragmatic tools complemented by real life case studies with actionable insights.

You will return to your organization with a new understanding of

•Responsible business conduct taking into account the latest transparency requirements and potential impacts on reputation

•The latest major cyber-attacks through lessons learned

•How the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) has transformed the environmental impairment liability insurance market

•Developing sustainability for a changing climate

Acquire hands on knowledge of

•What to consider when buying a cyber insurance

•How to quantify cyber risk in your organization

•How to draw up non-financial reporting

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Cybersecurity in critical infrastructures: Energy, financial services & transport on the focus
Date: 09 Oct 2018

CONNECT University celebrates the European CyberSecurity Month 2018 by organising this thematic online event on cybersecurity in critical infrastructures with a specific focus on energy, financial services and transport.

Today’s critical infrastructures have become more and more complex and interconnected, and this evolution process will continue. On the other hand, the increasing complex interrelation among such critical systems creates new security vulnerabilities, which can be exploited by malicious users to compromise sensitive data, other systems or the whole network with a tremendous impact on the economy and the society.

The CONNECT University brings together European Commission and external experts working on strengthening cybersecurity in critical infrastructures to discuss this topic. The roles of the private sector and the public authorities will be highlighted. The debate will mainly focus on examples from the energy sector, financial services and transport infrastructure. During the session the European Commission experts will briefly present the latest EU’s policy and research initiatives in the field of cybersecurity in critical infrastructures. This event seeks to introduce the topic and to initiate a wider twitter debate (use #ICT2018) on cybersecurity which will culminate in the ICT 2018 plenary ‘Secure Digital Economy and Society’, taking place on 5 December.

The event is available to the public via web-streaming.

This session is part of a series of events around cybersecurity organized by the CONNECT University to celebrate the European Cyber Security Month 2018 (ECSM 2018). The European Commission has planned various online and offline activities to engage with citizens and stakeholders and spread the ECSM 2018 message 'Cyber security is a shared responsibility – Stop. Think. Connect!'.

CyberSecurity trust label for Fintech startups and scale-ups
Date: 10 Oct 2018

B-Hive launched a Trusted Fintech program for Fintechs to increase their cybersecurity maturity. Check in to learn more!

After completing this program, key persons of your company will have been immersed in the world of CyberSecurity (just enough, not too much), and equipped with insights and best practices needed to avoid a breach of customer data, intellectual property or trade secrets, and bottom line to protect reputation and brand of your company and the companies you partner with or work for.

The Program will offer you very tangible and immediately applicable tips, tools and techniques in order to improve your cybersecurity skills, processes and technologies. After successful completion of this Program your company will receive the “Trusted Fintech” label that you can use to show your commitment to better CyberSecurity.

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Join one of these 45-minute free web conferences to learn more about the program

Elections, Technology and Protecting Democratic Processes
Date: 11 Oct 2018

Emerging technological capabilities have opened the door to new opportunities to revolutionize civic engagement and elections. These new technologies also bring different types of challenges which require new ideas around how to protect democratic processes. With the 2019 European Parliament elections just around the corner, it is essential that we focus on tangible policy proposals to ensure the elections are fair and free from interference. In light of these emerging threats, this panel aims to (1) raise awareness for the range of cyber-enabled threats to elections, (2) discuss tangible policy proposals to ensure the elections are fair and free from interference; (3) demonstrate best practices, and (4) share future policy considerations for policymakers across the European Union.

Policy discussion moderated by Neno Malisevic, International Lead, Defending Democracy Program, Microsoft.

• Jakub Boratynski, Head of Unit for Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy, DG CNECT, European Commission
• Julia Schuetze, Project Manager, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung
• Lukáš Pimper, Cyber Attaché’ to EU and NATO, Cyber and Information Security Agency of the Czech Republic
• Mathias Vermeulen, Policy Advisor to MEP Marietje Schaake, ALDE Group, European Parliament
• Alexander Shlyk, Head of Election Department, OSCE, ODIHR

Cybersecurity Breakfast Series: October 12, November 16, December 7
Date: 12 Oct 2018

As part of the European Cyber Security Month this October, Microsoft in partnership with the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) will kick off a series of three 90-minute breakfast workshops to help European Commission managers to build their own cybersecurity toolkit.

A series of three workshops:
(1) Building your “Cybersecurity Policy Foundations”: This foundational course is intended to give you a crash course on the vocabulary and trends on the latest technologies and most common cyber threats. It will give you the foundational knowledge needed to approach this topic with confidence.
(2) Building your “Cybersecurity Toolkit”: In this course you will learn how to avoid common security mistakes and protect yourself from different tech scams and online fraud when using technology. We will also give you practical solutions to protect yourself.
(3) Practicing your “Cybersecurity Culture”: To conclude the training series, Microsoft will organize an interactive exercise. Based on fictional scenarios, envisaging cyberattacks and cybersecurity breaches, participants will have the chance to put in practice their cybersecurity skills.

Election Interference in the Digital Age: Building Resilience to Cyber-Enabled Threats
Date: 15 Oct 2018

Under the patronage of Sir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union, and in collaboration with the Security Union Taskforce, the European Political Strategy Centre has the great pleasure to invite you to a High-Level Conference on ‘Election Interference in the Digital Age: Building Resilience to Cyber-Enabled Threats’.

The High-Level Conference will gather leading experts from around the world to discuss these questions and how best to follow up on existing initiatives, such as the European Commission’s Communication ‘Tackling online disinformation: a European approach’ and the G7 Charlevoix Commitment on ‘Defending Democracy from Foreign Threats’. It will also devote time to showcasing some of the latest technologies and tools to emerge in election interference and protection, ranging from traditional cyberattacks and online disinformation campaigns to the use of innovative micro-targeting, big data and Artificial Intelligence.

Ready for the European Resilient Cyber Security single market?
Date: 16 Oct 2018

The EE-ISAC organizes the event alongside the third Plenary for all members of the association, the European Institutions, the main European associations active in the sector such as EDSO, ENISA and many other stakeholders including youth associations.

By hosting the Open Plenary in Brussels during the ECS Month, the EE-ISAC hopes to raise more awareness on cybersecurity in the Energy sector, by bringing together public bodies, private companies and all other stakeholders. The first EE-ISAC White paper on Cyber Security Risk will be presented at the European Parliament. In addition, the EE-ISAC celebrates a multilateral agreement with the US E-ISAC and Japanese E-ISAC.

Active Defence in Banking: 2018 EBF Cybersecurity Conference
Date: 17 Oct 2018

The time period that elapsed between EBF’s Cybersecurity Conference of 2017 and this year’s edition could easily be called the “Cybersecurity Year”.

The initiatives and legislation triggered by the EU Cybersecurity Package, the scaling-up of cyber attacks both in the financial sector and beyond, the intensifying calls for global approaches and the increasing concerns regarding the lack of cybersecurity talent came to the forefront in the most pronounced way. Numerous events have addressed the subject throughout the year, rightly emphasizing the legislative aspect. The EBF Cybersecurity Conference 2018 aspires to add some more angles: • we will ask CISOs to point out the front-line challenges of fighting cybercrime, • we will discuss challenges in cybersecurity skills and launch the brand-new Europol-EBF awareness-raising campaign on cyber scams, • we will explore how supervisors in Europe and beyond deal with cyber resilience in terms of penetration testing frameworks, and • we will bring together experts to discuss incident reporting and information sharing.

6th Annual QED Conference on Cybersecurity
Date: 17 Oct 2018

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

Pavel Telička Member of the European Parliament - tbc

Vivian Loonela Member of the Cabinet of Vice-President Andrus Ansip, European Commission

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

Dr Vibhu Sharma Global Cybersecurity R4B Lead, Siemens

Mark Smitham Senior Manager of Cybersecurity Policy, 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

Cybersecurity fundamentals workshop
Date: 18 Oct 2018

Cybersecurity is a growing and rapidly changing field, and it is crucial that the central concepts that frame and define this increasingly pervasive field are understood by professionals who are involved and concerned with the security implications of Information Technologies (IT). The CSX Fundamentals course is designed for this purpose. It will also prepare learners for the CSX Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate.

Gain knowledge in key areas of cybersecurity
cybersecurity concepts
architecture principles
security of networks,
systems, applications and data
incident response
security implications of the adoption of
emerging technologies

Tech Fraud without Borders: Protecting European Citizens from Cyber Scams
Date: 18 Oct 2018

Every day people around Europe are victims of Cybercrime and Cyber Scams. Tech support scams are a problem affecting European consumers of all ages and as criminals adopt more sophisticated tactics to target users across borders and steal personal and financial information, the scale of the problem cannot be ignored.

To mark European Cyber Security Month, and more specifically the week of October 15-19th that will be dedicated to Recognizing Cyber Scams, Microsoft will host an event to facilitate a discussion with experts around Europe working to protect European consumers from Tech Support Fraud and Cyber Scams. Representatives from law enforcement, justice, civil society, consumer protection and the technology sector will share their insights, latest trends and research regarding the evolving Tech Support Fraud landscape in Europe. We invite you to join the conversation and learn about the innovative ways and data-driven approach adopted to mitigate the threats across borders together in Europe.

INVITATION: Tech Fraud without Borders: Protecting European Citizens from Cyber Scams
Date: 18 Oct 2018

As part of European Cyber Security Month, Microsoft cordially invites you to join Tech Fraud without Borders: Protecting European Citizens from Cyber Scams. The event will facilitate a discussion with experts around Europe working to protect European consumers from Tech Support Fraud and Cyber Scams.

Representatives from law enforcement, justice, civil society, consumer organisations and the technology sector will share their insights and latest trends regarding the evolving Tech Support Fraud landscape in Europe. They will also look at solutions to tackle Tech Support Fraud and invite you to participate in an open and interactive discussion focused on mitigating the threat to European consumers.

Belgian Cyber Security Convention
Date: 25 Oct 2018

The Belgian Cyber Security Convention builds on the foundations of the Belgian Internet Security Conference, organized by CERT.BE. This convention will be held in Mechelen and is organized by Brewery Of Ideas. 4 Main tracks will be discussed by more than 20 speakers: x Tooling x Technology x Governance x Platforms Join us during this revealing day!

As organizations turn digital, even the most advanced companies are potential victims of a hacking attack. To be prepared we have to share our knowledge and cooperate. The Belgian Cyber Security Convention (BCSC) stimulates businesses to invest in their data protection by bringing the whole field of IT-specialists together for a one-day event of networking and education.

For visiting companies this is the unique opportunity to get connected and stay updated on the latest evolutions in information technology.

Brussels Initiative on Cybersecurity Innovation
Date: 11 Dec 2018

Set up by Sirris, the collective research centre for the Belgian technology industry, and powered by the cybersecurity research and education potential of EhB, UCL, ULB and VUB, the Brussels Initiative on Cybersecurity Innovation gathers companies and academia in setting up joint projects that advance cybersecurity technology and practices.

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