e-Crime and Cybersecurity Nordics, Stockholm, Sweden, 29th November 2017
"In addition to cyber espionage against Finnish information systems, several cases of Finnish data networks being exploited in campaigns against third countries were observed in 2016," Antti Pelttari, Director, Finnish Security Intelligence Service
"This is too important a war we are fighting. The threats are multiple and the resources are limited,” Alvaro Garrido, Group CIO at Nordea
By virtue of their strategic geographical position, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland - and indeed the Baltic states too – have been the subject of repeated nation-state attacks on both public and private organisations and infrastructure. They also face the by now normal, criminal cyber threats faced by nations and companies globally. WannaCry, Petya and the rest have hit the Nordic and Baltic regions just as hard as they have impacted other countries.
All of the key countries have developed cyber defence centres, either standalone or embedded in defence ministries or intelligence and law enforcement agencies. And the major Nordic countries and the NATO-aligned Baltic states have created a cross-border Nordic Defense Cooperation (NORDEFCO) vehicle to look at both military systems and industrial infrastructure and to develop common cyber strategies.
In the private sector too, common threats are encouraging shared solutions. For example, Nordic banks are stepping up the collaboration to fight cybercrime via a new collaboration forum, the Nordic Financial CERT, based in Oslo.
But as Sweden's Säpo points out, the "protection deficit" - the difference between companies' capabilities and those of the attackers - is growing. Just one issue: There are already more connected things than people in the Nordics and the IoT is a significant increase in the Nordic attack surface.
CISOs need help picking the right priorities and the right solutions. They face the industrialization of cyber-crime, fraud and theft, the need to support the digital transformation of companies’ underlying business and a wall of new regulation coming at them over the next 12 to 18 months.
The e-Crime & Cybersecurity Nordics event will cover these and other key subjects for its audience of professionals tasked with safeguarding digital assets and sensitive data. There will be case studies, strategic talks and technical break-out sessions from security teams behind some of the world’s most admired brands, who know, just like you, that security is now critical to business success.