I am delighted to welcome you at the 5th edition of the IT Security Insights Conference which is going to be the most exciting and biggest edition so far. The conference will bring together leading IT Security practitioners and stakeholders in the Nordic region to discuss business critical issues and IT Security trends in 2021.
This year’s conference will also be hybrid-event format where one can either follow the event programme online or join us in person at the designated venue, Scandic Infra City in Upplands Väsby, Sweden.
According to NORDVPN Cyberattacks are up 400% a day compared to pre-COVID-19 levels. At the beginning of 2020, the FBI reported that complaints of cyberattacks received by its cyber division had risen to almost 4,000 a day, a 400% increase over pre-coronavirus numbers. In one four-month period (January to April), 907,000 spam messages, 737 incidents related to malware, and 48,000 malicious URLs all related to COVID-19, were also detected by one of INTERPOL's private sector partners.
Good examples of high profile recent cyberattack victims in 2020 include: the French IT service giant Sopra Steria that was attacked by Ryuk ransomware on the evening of 20th October, 2020. It’s estimated that this particular attack cost the company around £ 50 million. FireEye, one of the leading cybersecurity firm via their CEO, Kevin Madia came out and stated ”Based on my 25 years in the cybersecurity and responding to incidents, I have concluded that we are witnessing an attack by a nation with top-tier offensive capabilities. This attack is different from the tens of thousands of incidents we have responded to throughout the years”. This clearly shows IT Security should be a top priority for not only end users but also suppliers of IT Security products and solutions. But what are the underlying reasons for this upsurge of cyberattacks? How can we successfully mitigate these ongoing data breaches?
Due to the increased surge in COVID-19 cases, we are seeing more companies and workplaces encourage it’s employees to work more remotely than ever before. Though this phenomenon is here to stay it would require most organisations to adopt and implement right tools to ensure that remote access capabilities are tested, secure, and endpoints used by employees are patched effectively. This developement has, however exacerbated a rapid escalation of insider threats. ”According to Forrester, the insider data breaches are poised to increase by 8% in 2021 and account for 33% of all cybersecurity Incidents”
The conference is tailored for CISOs, CIOs, IT practitioners working with Information Security, Data Security, Cloud Services and GDPR matters. The main themes to be explored include: cloud services, cyberssecurity skills shortage, research in cybersecurity, diversity in cybersecurity, state of GDPR compliance, IIoT, Zero Trust Access Networks (ZTAN) and New Emerging Technologies.
The conference will attract over 37 speakers and 20 partners offering a variety of innovative tools and solutions in the Expo area on the day. In addition the even offers a lot of networking and discussion opportunities via onsite peer-to-peer interactions and also via the virtual event platform, agorify for our online participants.
The conference will also host a book signing by Åsa Schwarz and Lena Karlin. They will be both signing their renowned book "Dockfabriken" that addresses risks of Artificial Intelligence.
Join us at this fantastic event as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary filled with an exclusive networking program including both a closing cocktail reception and an evening dinner reception at Scandic Infra City.
Looking forward to seeing you in October.
Event Project Manager