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Heads up and well understood: Let’s talk about security!

IT security is currently one of today’s central topics. A series of forums makes CeBIT a global security congress.

25 Jan. 2017

In February 2016, the ThyssenKrupp company in Essen experienced a dramatic – and for a long time undiscovered – attack: Hackers had built "backdoors" into the IT systems in order to be able to access information. Data records from two divisions leaked through these back doors. And shortly before, a total of 900,000 German Telekom customers experienced the vulnerability of networked IT systems firsthand as hackers paralyzed their Internet routers for several hours.

After these large-scale attacks it should finally be clear: no one should feel safe when it comes to digital security. In fact, increasing serious attention is being given to the dangers of intensive networking, cloud use, and virtualization. According to a survey conducted by the security provider Bitdefender among 1,000 German IT decision-makers in November 2016, a third of the experts fear high financial compensation payments in the event of a security incident. Job losses and attacks on stored data in the case of hybrid infrastructures are seen as further risks by those surveyed.

Solutions for defending against cyber attacks have moved far up on the CeBIT agenda in recent years. In the year 2015, the business security segment was relocated to Hall 6 and specially designed in order to bring security providers and decision-makers together and to accelerate the exchange of information. At CeBIT 2017, the topic of cyber security will be showcased for the first time as one of the premiere topics at. Various forums and conferences on the topic will support this aim.

For example, everything revolves around integrated corporate IT security at the Business Security Stage organized by Datakontext GmbH in Hall 6. At lectures, panel discussions, and live demonstrations, the industry will discuss data protection, cloud security, compliance, access and identity management, endpoint security, managed security services, and more. Last year the forum had an audience of 5,000.

Under the direction of Heise Events, another starting point is offered by Heise Security Plaza. Here well-known exhibitors from the security industry will present their products and services. Lectures with a practical orientation are held on stage at the Plaza. Experts report on controversial vulnerabilities, security technologies, and preventive measures. The lectures deal with topics such as IT security among small and medium-sized enterprises and in the cloud, and vulnerabilities in the digital environment.

This year the main stand of Heise Media will also be directly incorporated into the Heise Security Plaza for the first time. Thus, the media company will present its diverse offer over a space of more than 800 square meters.

How do national and international authorities as well as companies respond to the increasing cyber threat? And what does this mean for Europe’s economy? What could a proactive "security-by-design" approach look like? These are questions that are addressed by the International Cyber Security Conference. The conference on March 20, 2017 (10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Nord/LB forum) will be shaped by the motto "Cyber Security: new global parameters | new trends and experiences | from defense to offence." The organizer is the Global Industry Club [GIC], which – as in the previous year – designed the conference to have a "more management than technology focus." A total of 100 to 150 CEOs, CIOs, and CISOs from international companies are expected to attend. Among others, speakers will come from the EU security agency ENISA and the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany [BKA], Münchner Kreis, the European School for Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin, EE-ISAC in Austria, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, and the Internet Security Alliance for Europe (ISA-EO).

CeBIT Global Conferences 2017 will also address security topics on two mornings dedicated to security topics. Well-known speakers will include Holger Münch, president of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany [BKA] – which officially counted 45,000 cases of cybercrime in the year 2015. The fact that the estimated number of unknown cases is substantially higher will be made clear by Münch at the CeBIT trade exhibition. The head of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany calls upon the industry to jointly combat denial of service attacks, data theft, and ransomware infections.

Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure, will deliver a further keynote address. The Finn has earned a worldwide reputation as a hunter of viruses. His team was responsible for shutting down the global network that was used by the Sobig.F worm. Hypponen was the first to warn the world prior to the outbreak of Sasser; he designated the notorious Storm Worm and conducted classifying briefings on the mode of operation of the Stuxnet worm.

Marcin Kleczynski, founder and CEO of the California company Malwarebytes describes how cybercriminals repeatedly invent new creative methods in order to threaten and damage users and companies by using ransomware, PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), or social engineering.

Stuart McClure, managing director of the American cyber security service provider Cylance, focuses on early recognition of possible attacks. The former general manager at McAfee/Intel Security developed the first mathematics-based approach for recognizing and protecting against cyber dangers and is the principal author of the bestseller Hacking Exposed.