The COVID-19 pandemic has recently changed the way we live, work, interact and engage. The emergency lockdown across Europe marks a critical moment in which the digital infrastructure of our civilisation is being put to the hardest stress-test yet, and cybersecurity becomes more important than ever before.
In this exceptional moment, it is even more crucial for us to speak up about cyber challenges. Thanks to the Internet and digital technology we can remain connected and preserve some aspects of our regular way of life. Now more than ever, when we are more vulnerable to malicious activities and cyberattacks, we have to think about cybersecurity.
And for this reason, CYBERSEC Brussels 2020 was organised in a virtual form, gathering top policy and business leaders from EU, NATO, national ministries, cybersecurity organisations and the global and European tech industry as well as experts and civil society. Fostering trust-based cooperation between like-minded cybersecurity stakeholders for the period of digital disruption has always been a key aim of CYBERSEC.
It is valid now more than ever and is gaining the momentum which we have not expected to see. Today’s debate matters also because we are in a crucial moment of significant shifts in global soft and hard powers, both of which are driven by modern disruptive technologies. We are at the junction where we need to build a secure cyber world together – this is where our shared future is now being shaped. We all need to team up – countries, governments, experts, civil society and tech companies – to make it effective as soon as possible.
We’re proud to publish the CYBERSEC BRUSSELS LEADERS' FORESIGHT 2020 Recommendations & Key Takeaways, summarising the most important recommendations by the top European leaders and experts from the EU and NATO, international organisations, and the global IT industry regarding enhancing trust and security in cyberspace.