How can cybersecurity certification schemes enhance Europe’s ICT security and competitiveness?

PubAffairs Bruxelles

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.

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25 Sep 2018 from 19:00 to 22:00
Belmont Court, Rue d'Arlon - Aarlenstraat, Quartier européen - Europese Wijk, Bruxelles / Brussel, Ville de Bruxelles - Stad Brussel, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale - Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, 1000, België - Belgique - Belgien Belgium

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PubAffairs Bruxelles welcomes participants from public and regulatory bodies such as associations, federations, NGOs, as well as regional, national and European Institutions. We also welcome participants from the private sector, including consultancies, corporations and business. In addition, as one of PubAffairs Bruxelles fundamental principles is to represent as far as possible the range of individuals concerned with the European Union policy making, we believe that the participation of academics, think-tanks, researchers, the media and the wider civil society enriches the debate further


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.

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