EVENT | Building a path to a secure cyberspace – presented by the Cybersecurity Tech Accord and Global Cyber Alliance (Brussels)

Monday, 19 November, 13:00-19:00 (a light lunch will be served and a cocktail reception will follow)
Microsoft Center, Rue Montoyer 51, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

The Cybersecurity Tech Accord and the Global Cyber Alliance are delighted to invite you to their first joint event in Brussels, where they will discuss, together with policy-makers, existing and emerging efforts being undertaken at government and industry level to improve the security, stability and resilience of cyberspace.

Launched in April 2018, the Cybersecurity Tech Accord is the largest-ever cybersecurity alliance gathering more than 40 companies vowing to protect and empower civilians online from evolving cyberthreats. In their pledge to build a safer online world, they have partnered with like-minded organizations such as the Global Cyber Alliance, which has made eradicating cyber risk its mission.

The event will be an opportunity to hear more about their initiatives and reflect on what else needs to be done in the path to a secure cyberspace. Discussion panels and workshops will focus on industry and policy perspectives on the challenges we face now and how we can address them to improve the future by promoting coordinated approaches to cyber defense in the EU and around the globe. Topics of discussion will include the economic return on investing in cyber security, email security, and responsible vulnerability handling.

To register, please submit this form before 15 November, 2018.


13:00-14:00 Registration & welcome lunch
14:00-14:10 Welcome remarks

  • Līga Raita Rozentāle, Director of Governmental Affairs for Cybersecurity Policy, Microsoft
  • Andy Bates, Executive Director, Global Cyber Alliance
14:10-14:45 Introductory addresses including:

  • Vivian Loonela, Member of Cabinet of Andrus Ansip, European Commission’s Vice-President for the Digital Single Market
  • Ian Dyson, Commissioner, City of London Police
14:45-15:15 The Cybersecurity Tech Accord: The initiative, the goals, the future

  • Christopher Gow, Director, EU Public Policy, Government Affairs, Cisco
  • Hans Schwab, CIO, WISeKey
15:15-19:00 Improving our cybersecurity posture: The work of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord and the Global Cyber Alliance
15:15-16:30 Session 1 | Strengthening email security: A deep-dive into DMARC, a proposed approach to address one of today’s most common targets of cyberattacks

Introduction to Domain Message Authentication Reporting & Conformance (DMARC): by Aimee Larsen Kirkpatrick, Global Communications Officer, Global Cyber Alliance

DMARC in action: discussion of the approach moderated by Anett Mádi-Nátor, Senior Cyber Defence Expert, Cyber Services, with:

  • Brian Westnedge, Senior Director, Channel Sales, ValiMail
  • David Harcourt, Chief Security Advisor, BT
16:30-17:30 Session 2 | Handling vulnerabilities in software: A simulation exercise to understand how effective Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD) policies can better protect customers and users

Simulation exercise led by Gaus Rajnovic, Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT), Panasonic

17:30-19:00 Cocktail reception