On Oct 19, 2017, DSS ITSEC, a yearly cyber security event organized by Data Security Solutions, took place in Riga, Latvia, for the 8th time. Baltic’s largest event with this focus featured international cyber security experts from a wealth of industry segments as speakers.
More than 1,000 high-level ICT professionals from local, regional, and international businesses, governments and government agencies as well as tech communities attended the event. The delegates including CEO, CFO, CSO, CISO, CIO, and legal and audit officers responsible for business & IT risks or compliance topics. For those who could not be there in person, all talks were live-streamed.
The event kicked off with key notes on hacking democracies in the 21st century, the importance of cyber security in the past and today, cyber communication as a Jihadi strategic tool, and individual’s perspective on privacy and security. Afterwards, the delegates had to opportunity to hear insights from leading experts in 9 parallel sessions.
The session speakers covered, among many others, information on: the cost of cyber crime, threat exposure management, hacking and social engineering, blockchain, satellite for 5G networks, legal and technical aspects of the EU GDPR that comes into effect on 25 May 2018, risk management strategies for a mobile world, flaws in security products, prevention of zero-day exploits, AI in cyber security.
Agreement among experts centered around one specific topic: it’s paramount to secure the internet of things first before rapidly dispatching solutions to the market just to make a fast buck.
All presentations from the sessions are still available on Data Security Solutions‘ YouTube channel.
Capscovil interviewed speakers and experts who attended DSS IT SEC to hear their opinion on the event:
1) Holger Spohn – CIS Security Supervisor, NATO
2) Antonio Franchi – Future Projects, European Space Agency
3) Tom Chothia – Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
4) Felipe Pathé Duarte – Consultant at VisionWare and Professor (PhD) at the Higher Institute of Police Sciences and International Security
5) Harry Zorn – Vice President Sales EMEA, Accelion
6) Timo Lohenoja – System Engineer, F5 Networks
7) Matt Logan – Director of Field Engineering, EMEA, Digital Guardian
8) Sylwia Baran -Technical Account Manager, Samsung R&D Institute Poland
Sometimes truth is stranger than a fictional story
As a special perk for the industry experts, DSS IT SEC provided a digital review copy of the spy novel „Project Black Hungarian„. As part of a raffle at the end of the conference, two attendees received from Capscovil’s founder an author-signed printed edition.
A third signed edition had been donated to the People’s Bookshelf of the National Library of Latvia, in support of their special campaign.
The book combines facts on IT security and clean mobility with a fictional plot.
News that came to light after publication of the co-authored book show the still prevailing relevance of the story that industry experts call „totally, and perhaps disturbingly, believable“.
The storytelling technique applied in the book has been nominated for the World Technology Award 2017.