Cyber security conference on the eve of the 54th Munich Security Conference
MCSC in the run-up to the MSC unites decision-makers from business and politics to discuss the role and responsibility of top management in dealing with cyber risks
The Munich Cyber Security Conference (MCSC) offers top managers and executives from the private and public sectors the opportunity to exchange and discuss concepts and experiences in dealing with cyber risks. The organizer is the Security Network Munich, a network of around 100 companies and research institutes in Greater Munich, coordinated and managed by industry and research partners, in co-operation with the Center Digitization Bavaria.
Under the patronage of Ilse Aigner, Bavarian Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology and Deputy Prime Minister of Bavaria and the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, the International Cybersecurity Conference (MCSC) was held again on Thursday, 15 February 2018. The theme of the event was „WannaCry again? Making our businesses digitally great and cyberproof“. Around 250 high-ranking representatives from research and politics as well as the security industry and industrial user companies discussed current challenges for security in the digital world at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof.
After a welcome speech by Dr. Walter Schlebusch, chairman for the Munich Security Network, the conference was inaugurated by Sir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union, followed by Claudia Nemat, board member of Deutsche Telekom. She picked up on one of the key issues of the afternoon – the product liability for software products. If there are blatant security holes, why the software industry is not accountable for it?
Co-operation needed between public and private organizations
This was followed by various panel discussions focusing on IoT, the future of cybersecurity and the trusting handling of digital identities. Marina Kaljurand, Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, discussed with Arne Schönbohm, CEO of BSI, Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon, Ralf Wintergerst, CEO of Giesecke+Devrient, and Günter Junk, CEO of Virtual Solution, to what extent legitimate privacy claims can be negotiated while using digital services, and what role government institutions such as the BSI or its European counterpart ENISA and the industry must play.
Ciaran Martin, CEO of National Cyber Security Centre in London, was on the panel with Stephen Mellor (IIC), Alpha Berry (ThyssenKrupp), Evert Dudok (Airbus DS) and Dr. Henning Rudolf (Siemens) to discuss risks and liabilities in industrial infrastructures and manufacturing sites. Moderator Prof. Helmbrecht, CEO of ENISA, highlighted the pressing issues and the role of policy makers and security service providers in this daunting task to improve security and resilience of industrial control systems in manufacturing sectors.
Another highlight was the talk with Eugene Kaspersky (Chairman & CEO, Kaspersky Lab), Jeff Moss (Founder & CEO, DEF CON) and Mark Gould (COO, Federal Reserve Bank), in which the prospects between offensive and defensive were discussed using the example of the financial service industry. As a representative of the Federal Reserve Bank, Mark Gould was able to impressively describe how critical financial systems are for the functioning of the economy and what steps and precautions are taken in addressing cyber risks.
In the final panel, Merle Maigre, Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence, discussed with BITKOM President Achim Berg, Dr. Rainer Baumgart, CEO of secunet, Harald Reisinger, CEO of RadarServices, and Yuji Ukai, Founder and CEO of FFRI, on „The Future of Cyber Security – Impact of technological progress and policy making?“