Cyber ​​security during a pandemic will be the main topic of discussion at “Moldova Cyber ​​Week 2020”.

The Republic of Moldova is joining the group of states around the world that are consolidating their security norms and measures, in order to combat the growing threat posed by cyber attacks in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, between November 25-27, in Chișinău, the annual conference dedicated to cyber security – “Moldova Cyber ​​Week 2020” – will be organized, with the title “Development of a strong cybersecurity infrastructure in the new usual conditions”. The online event constitutes of a discussion platform for local and international specialists in the field, offering numerous opportunities for exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences, successful collaborations, to identify innovative and effective solutions that could be integrated into local and global strategies. The event takes place under the auspices of the Government of the Republic of Moldova, being organized by the Information Technology and Cyber ​​Security Service (STISC) and the Technical University of Moldova (UTM) with the support of the International Union for Communications and the Council of Europe.

Serghei Popovici, STISC director: “The pandemic imposes challenges not only in the field of health, but also in the online space. Almost all countries in the world have witnessed an increased number of cyber attacks, which are even more complex compared to the previous year. As attempts are made to secure the infrastructure, cybercriminals are finding new ways to bypass system and network security filters. Thus, cyber security returns to being a priority on the agenda, because it is an essential factor to support the trust of citizens, protect businesses, but also maintain the digital security of our country in general. It is important to take concrete actions to stop current cyber threats, but also to identify new opportunities to prevent potential attacks. Moldova Cyber ​​Week is a chance to promote an appropriate response to cyber threats and to encourage cooperation between local and international community professionals.”

Viorel Bostan, Rector of the Technical University of Moldova: “Cyber ​​security can be considered as an important opportunity for universities, as it is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. Respectively, the demand for qualified specialists in this field increases in direct proportion to the demand. Moldova Cyber ​​Week is the platform that connects us to the private sector, which allows us to better understand the needs and expectations of industries. It is very important for us to train specialists who meet the requirements of the labor market and to get involved together, with the industry, in research and development projects, in order to have more well-trained specialists in the field.”

“Moldova Cyber ​​Week” ensures the exchange of information and knowledge between experts, policy makers, industry professionals and academia. The 8th edition of the event will take place online, and the conference will be broadcast live on the website www.moldovacyberweek.md, on the Facebook page of the event, as well as on the platforms of the media partners: www.privesc.eu, www.agora.md

The program of the 8th edition of “Moldova Cyber ​​Week 2020”

The impact of COVID-19 has led organizations to adopt more technologies, such as Cloud, Mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT), and this has increased the vulnerability to cyber threats and online crime. “Moldova Cyber ​​Week 2020” focuses on the challenges, threats and opportunities regarding cyber security in the new “normal conditions”.

November 25 – On the first day of the online forum, along with high-ranking officials and members of the diplomatic corps, several international experts from Romania, Switzerland, Russia and other countries announced their attendance. For 3 days, they will be present online for an exchange of experience and field expertise. Within the discussion panels, the 40 special guests will address the most current topics of interest:

  • Cybersecurity infrastructure in the “New Normal” era;
  • Key trends in the cyber threats of 2020;
  • Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security;
  • Cyber ​​Policy Governance and Risk Management;
  • Creating efficient cybersecurity ecosystems;
  • The new post-COVID-19 reality and the strengthening of national cyber security;
  • Building cyber security capabilities nationally – courses from other countries. Regional and international cooperation in the field of cyber security, etc.

November 26-27 – There are two days dedicated to webinars – a practice for group discussions, networking opportunities, question and answer sessions, but also deepening into actionable perspectives that strengthen cyber security strategies for the future, dedicated to all those interested in the field. During the 9 webinars, which will be attended by experts from the European Union, details and practical solutions on several topics will be discussed:

  • Protecting critical infrastructure with Cisco SecureX;
  • Responding to incidents and threats;
  • Mastery of cyber executive leadership;
  • Advanced incident response and digital forensics;
  • Ensuring the risk of cyber security in the era of the “New Normal”, etc.

Detailed information about the registration and the MCW 2020 program is available on the event page www.moldovacyberweek.md. Participation in the event is free, and for registration it is necessary to fill in the online form https://moldovacyberweek.md/#register until November 23, 2020.

Strategic partners: Moldova IT Park, Sweden and USAID within the Tekwill project Main partners: Cisco, MUK

Partners: Xontech, Huawei, Thales, Micro Focus, Elcore, GTB Technologies, IT Lab, Kaspersky, Micro Focus, Î.S.MOLDATSA, Rapid Link, Simpals, German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation .

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