CYBERSEC 2015 – the biggest Cybersecurity Forum in Europe

CYBERSEC 2015 is the biggest European conference devoted to strategic issues of cybersecurity, which is supported financially by the NATO and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CYBERSEC can become an important part of the discussion preceding the NATO summit that will be held in Warsaw in 2016. The Forum is organised by the Kościuszko Institute. The partners of the event are the Krakow City Council and the Krakow Convention Bureau (co-organisers) and the Bezpieczna Cyberprzestrzeń [Secure Cyberspace] Foundation. The forum will be held in the ICE Krakow Congress Centre from the 28th till the 29th of September 2015.

The list of speakers who confirmed their presence includes Sorin Ducaru – NATO Assistant Secretary General for New Security Challenges, Tomasz Siemoniak – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Poland, Paweł Soloch – Head of the National Security Bureau, Andrzej Halicki – Minister of Administration and Digitisation, as well as representatives of the business sector, such as Paul Nicholas – Director of Global Security Strategy at Microsoft. Participation in the conference has also been announced by the following ambassadors: Rolf Nikel (Germany), Robin Barnett (Great Britain), Pierre Buhler (France), Harri Tiido (Estonia), and Andrii Deshchytsia (Ukraine).

The CYBERSEC Forum is an initiative of the Kościuszko Institute and one of the few conferences in Europe that will handle the issue of cybersecurity comprehensively. The primary aim of CYBERSEC is to develop effective solutions enhancing the level of cybersecurity policies in Poland, Europe and on a trans-Atlantic scale. The participants will also talk about hybrid threats and the need for deeper trust and for the development of new rules of enhanced Euro-Atlantic co-operation in the post-Snowden era in the face of new challenges in Europe.

According to Joanna Świątkowska, Programming Director of CYBERSEC and the cybersecurity expert of the Kościuszko Institute, modern Europe faces a huge risk of hostile activities in cyberspace, so understanding the importance of this risk and initiatives such as CYBERSEC are key issues today.

Cyberspace is increasingly often a place for carrying on conflicts that match the definition of the popular concept of hybrid war. This is a particularly important issue in the situation when the security of states, their economies and critical infrastructure, as well as the daily functioning of private entrepreneurs and citizens, depends on cybersecurity. Both Poland and the rest of Europe must participate actively in processes aimed at enhancing cyberspace,’ stresses Świątkowska.



Over 130 speakers from 20 European countries and the USA will take part in CYBERSEC. Discussions and panel debates will be held within 4 complementary thematic streams: STATE, MILITARY, FUTURE and BUSINESS. During two days of intense debates, experts will have an opportunity to exchange their opinions and to create recommendations concerning cybersecurity policies in Europe. CYBERSEC will gather most important representatives of public institutions, international organisations, NGOs and representatives of the business sector. Among them there will be suppliers of secure solutions, including

Microsoft, Cisco, EXATEL, PGZ SA, FireEye, Fidelis Cybersecurity, Fortinet, ENEA, KGHM, BGK, PERN "Przyjaźń" S.A., PZU, PKO BP and BalaBit, who treat the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and customers as a top priority.

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