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Trust in a hyper-connected, digitized society: Fribourg to be cybersecurity capital on February 12 and 13, 2020

Trust in a hyper-connected, digitized society: Fribourg to be cybersecurity capital on February 12 and 13, 2020
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Cyber attacks are among the most significant threats to the stability of society. For the first time ever, the annual barometer of risks compiled by one of Germany's biggest insurance companies has put cybersecurity top of this year's list of concerns for businesses around the world. Once again, the Swiss Cyber Security Days (SCSD) will bring together leading Swiss and international experts from the field in Fribourg, on February 12 and 13, 2020. The second SCSD will center around the theme of trust in a hyper-connected, digitized society. Some 70 speakers will address issues of major current interest: 5G, the financial industry, cyber warfare, and corporate security. SCSD 2020 will also include a number of special events for students and on the subject of training, innovative start-up projects, and presentations on best practices for SMEs.

Cybersecurity has become a crucial issue. Online banking, transport, telecommunications: digitalization affects every aspect of our daily lives. It is also an increasingly significant challenge for businesses of all sizes. The Swiss Cyber Security Days 2020 have a varied program centered on the theme of trust in a hyper-connected, digitized society. Some 70 contributors from around the world and 120 exhibitors will help strengthen knowledge sharing in this field through talks, panel discussions, and special spaces for SMEs and young people in training.

Sharing experience: a priority at SCSD

A cyber attack can have serious consequences for a business or organization, even if no data is stolen. Learning from the experience of others and sharing knowledge is one of the goals of the SCSD. The Danish shipping company Maersk, luxury watchmaker IWC, and the Wetzikon hospital have all been the victims of such incidents. Their leaders will share what they learned from their experiences and explain what measures they have taken to prevent future threats. There will also be a program for sharing best practices, specifically aimed at SMEs. Digital challenges surrounding 5G and social networks The launch of 5G is prompting a lot of debate in Switzerland, particularly around health issues. But what are the major security challenges posed by 5G networks? Nick Dawson, Global Director, Knox Strategy & Business Development at Samsung Electronics, and Philippe Vuilleumier, Head of Security at Swisscom, will discuss these challenges in a keynote speech on hyperconnectivity.

A surprise guest will also attend the SCSD to shed light on the dark side of social networks. "The Wiz" leads a double life: an ordinary employee by day, he spends his nights programming bots to uncover abuses of Instagram and Facebook. Thus he reveals the business models and tools used to influence opinion for political or commercial gain.

Special program for the cyber specialists of tomorrow

As well as technical events for IT and cybersecurity experts, the SCSD 2020 will also include special events with a focus on training and innovation. There is a chronic lack of IT professionals and cybersecurity and cyber defense experts in Switzerland. On Wednesday, February 12, on the Cyber Education Stage, students and future students interested in studying IT or cybersecurity will be invited to attend presentations by various Swiss universities and technical colleges. And, on Thursday, February 13, recent and future graduates will be able to connect with innovative startups. Access to both these programs is free for students.

Collaboration with the World Economic Forum

This year, for the first time, the SCSD and the Centre for Cybersecurity (c4c) at the World Economic Forum will work in close collaboration to deliver a high-level international panel discussion on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Experts from around the world will discuss possible global solutions for improving cooperation in the field of cybersecurity and how nation states and private actors work towards a digital détente. After all, the risk of a cyber attack is higher in a fragmented cyberspace, which could create rivalries and divide societies.

Fribourg, the cybersecurity capital once again

The first edition of the SCSD in 2019 was a huge success, with more than 2,200 visitors. On February 12-13, 2020, the bilingual town of Fribourg will once again bring together security experts and the general public. Plenary talks will be simultaneously interpreted into French, German and English. You can discover the latest in data security in the Exhibition space.

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The full program and tickets are available online at


Chrystel Domenjoz, Press Officer
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