Discussing a European approach for a secure & resilient digital economy at The 9th Annual European Cyber Security Conference

31 March 2022

Forum Europe’s 9th European Cyber Security Conference returned to Brussels on 24th March 2022, gathering 150+ in-person participants as well as over 500 virtual attendees.


Against the backdrop of the current geopolitical context, this year's conference explored the most pressing and timely issues relating to the protection and security of the digital space and to the creation of a resilient and stable cyber ecosystem.

You will find below the replays for all sessions held at this event.

The conference opened with a keynote session focusing on the theme 'A European approach for a secure and resilient digital economy' with contributions from Margaritis Schina, Vice President, Promoting our European Way of Life at the European Commission and Juhan Lepassaar, Executive Director at ENISA.

The first panel of the day focused on 'A modernised framework to secure the digital and interconnected European economy' with Iva Tasheva, Co-Founder & Cyber Security Lead, CYEN SCS moderating a discussion between Eva Maydell, Member of European Parliament; Nina Hyvarinen, Chief Specialist, Safety and Security Unit, Data Department at the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications; Thomas Boué, Director General, Policy — EMEA at BSA | The Software Alliance & Javier Villegas-Burgos, Deputy Head Government Relations and Policy Engagement - EU Affairs at Vodafone.


The second panel of the conference zoomed into 5G Security and the Internet of Secure Things, discussing how to create a resilient, complex and dynamic digital ecosystem. The session was opened by Alejandro Cainzos, Member of Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Vestager at the European Commission, before the moderator Visiola Pula, Cybersecurity Senior Analyst, Cullen International gave the floor to Katja Kmet Vrčko, Head of Supervision Department for Operators at AKOS and Co-chair of BEREC 5G Cybersecurity Working Group; Dr. Andreas Mitrakas, Head of Unit for Market, Certification and Standardization at ENISA; Alex Leadbeater, Chair of the ETSI TC CYBER; Dennis Kügler, Head of Branch Standardization, Certification Policy, Supervision at the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Germany and Miguel Ángel Recio, Associate Director - Intelligent Products & Platforms Security Lead at Accenture.


At the start of the afternoon, delegates followed a fireside chat between Luigi Rebuffi, Secretary General and Founder at ECSO & Darren Shou, Head of Technology at NortonLifeLock who discussed the implications that emerging tech such as quantum computing, blockchain, AI and Augmented Reality will have on society, innovation and policy-making while the definition of 'cybersecurity' as we know it today evolves.

Following this high-level discussion, Luigi Rebuffi was joined by Julie Ruff, Deputy Head of Unit, Cybersecurity technologies and Capacity building at the European Commission's DG CONNECT; Carlos Córdoba, Head of Area for Cybersecurity Operation Centers, National Cryptologic Center, Spain; Leif Nixon, Security Expert, Sectra Communications; Ilias Chantzos, Head of Government Affairs programmes EMEA at Broadcom & Jorge Blanco, Global Head of Security Solutions at BBVA Group for a panel debate focusing on the opportunities and the challenges brought by the creation of an EU-wide network of Security Operations Centres and the role of AI in achieving this.


Finally, the event concluded with a discussion on how European and international cooperation can be best enhanced to respond to cyber threats and promote a global, stable and open cyberspace. We had the honour of hearing keynote speeches from Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Advisor, Cyber & Emerging Tech at National Security Council at The White House & David van Weel, Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO, before a fascinating conversation with Nathalie Jaarsma, Ambassador at-Large for Security Policy and Cyber, Kingdom of the Netherlands​; Piret Urb, Head of International Relation at Information System Authority (RIA)in Estonia; Wiktor Staniecki, Head of Cyber Sector, Security Policy Division at the EEAS; John Graham-Cumming, Chief Technology Officer at Cloudflare & Raluca​ Csernatoni, Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe.


We would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s conference both in-person and online, our event sponsors, Accenture, Broadcom, BSA | The Software Alliance, Cloudflare, NortonLifeLock, Sectra, Trudexia, UserCentrics, Vodafone as well as our Strategic Partner, the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)

We look forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary of this event in Spring 2023. Should you wish to become involved in the 10th edition, please contact us at