The digitalization of the economy is unstoppable and will be key in the creation of economic wealth in the coming years. Yet, as digitalization increases, so does the attack surface, i.e., the number of potential fragilities that can be exploited for attack purposes.

For this reason, digital innovation and cybersecurity are concepts that have to go hand in hand. Technology vendors, security companies, consultancies and other agents have to work closer to companies and developers of innovation solutions. National and international Public-Private cooperation, on the other hand, will be essential for sharing information, not only in order to respond to incidents but also to create higher levels of resilience.

Two pieces of European legislation have been put into practice that will be central to firm’s activity. The Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS), adopted in August 2016, is the first piece of EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) harmonizes data privacy in Europe and will be enforceable from 25 May 2018 on, with high penalties for no compliance.

The conference

This conference brings together international experts, companies, public decision-makers and academia in order to discuss the importance of cooperation in the conciliation of the benefits of digital innovation and the risks stemming from cyber attacks. Understanding how cybersecurity can be included by design in digital innovation and how cooperation between the public and private sectors allows for a regulatory environment that fosters greater resilience of companies and the economy as a whole while not inhibiting innovation are two other purposes.

The conference is a joint organization of COTEC Portugal, the Portuguese National Center for Cybersecurity, the World Portuguese Network and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Conference Topics

Understanding the novel risks of digital disruption in information integrated value chains

Managing the investments in cybersecurity strategies (training, tools, ‘bring your own device’ and ‘air gapping’ policies)

Developing a culture of security in all areas of the organization

Discussing practices of embedding cybersecurity principles in digital innovation

Examining barriers and inhibitors to public-private cooperation and governance mechanisms and good practices of global value chains

Practical cases of successful public-private cooperation


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