SBS ICT Forum 2019: SMEs, Standards, and the EU Cybersecurity Act

The “SBS Forum on ICT standards for SMEs” is a European platform for discussion and sharing of information about ongoing ICT standardisation activities that are relevant to SMEs. The main target audience of the forum are SMEs from across the EU and EFTA member states, as well as associations representing SME interests.

How can standardisation in cybersecurity benefit smaller businesses in the ICT sector? How will the new cybersecurity framework benefit the ICT industry and what are the pitfalls that need to be avoided? This year’s event will focus on cybersecurity, and more specifically, the EU Cybersecurity Act. We will discuss the crossroads of standards, cybersecurity and SMEs to ensure that there are no obstacles in the way of European digital companies to take full advantage of this new certification framework.

SMEs often lack the means to analyse complex policy like the Cybersecurity Act (pdf). To clear your doubts and answer your questions, we will be bringing together standardisation experts, regulators, cybersecurity experts and SMEs in an environment of productive dialogue. After the discussion, there will be an informal networking reception with drinks.

23 October 2019, 16.00 – 19.00
Brussels, Belgium
Location: Impact House, Rue Joseph II 20, 1000 Brussels


16.00 – 16.15       Welcome coffee and registration

16.15 – 16.30        OPENING REMARKS: Setting the scene – Cybersecurity and Standards: Impact for European ICT SMEs

  • Sebastiano Toffaletti, Secretary-General DIGITAL SME, ECSO board member and Chair of WG4
  • Aristotelis Tzafalias, Policy Officer, Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy, DG CNECT, European Commission

16.30 – 17.30      IMPULSE STATEMENTS: Standardisation and Cybersecurity – An insiders’ perspective

  • George Sharkov, SBS expert at ETSI TC CYBER, Director of ESI CEE (European Software Institute, Centre Eastern Europe), Head of the Cyber Security Lab @ Sofia Tech Park
  • Fabio Guasconi, Expert SBS at ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC27 WG1, Chairman of the SBS/DIGITAL SME Working Group on Cybersecurity
  • Prokopios Drogkaris, NIS Expert, ENISA
  • Iñaki Eguia, CTO RKL Integral VES solution visionary, architect. ICS Pentester and IEC 62443 expert

17:30 – 17.45      Coffee Break

17.45 – 18.30      PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we shape the cybersecurity ecosystem to ensure SMEs benefit/take full advantage?

  • Aristotelis Tzafalias, Policy Officer Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy, DG CNECT
  • Mark Miller, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, European Organisation for Security (EOS), Member of the Cybersecurity Public-Private Partnership Board of Directors
  • Luis García, Director of Privacy Policy at clickDatos, (member of WG CYBER, DIGITAL SME)
  • Nina Hasratyan, Policy Manageer at European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), Women4Cyber

Moderator: Annika Linck, WG Cyber Secretariat, DIGITAL SME Project Manager

18.30 – 18.45         Q&A

18.45 – 19:00         CLOSING REMARKS by SBS and DIGITAL SME 

19.00 – 20.00         Networking Reception


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