Press Release

The EU28 Cloud Security Conference to take place in Riga

Published on June 16, 2015

On June 16, in Riga, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia and the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) will organise the EU28 Cloud Security Conference: Reaching the Cloud Era in the European Union. The participants of the conference will discuss the cloud security in the two parallel tracks: ‘Legal & Compliance’ and ‘Technologies and Solutions’.

Discussing the ‘Legal & Compliance’ track, participants will address topics like cloud certification, cloud services procurement, security standards, data protection and trans-border data access, while talking about the ‘Technologies & Solutions’ track, participants will focus on encryption in clouds, big data, evolution of cloud computing, cloud forensics, research, development and innovation.

Latvia logoJānis Sārts, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia and professor Udo Helmbrecht, the Executive Director of the ENISA will open the conference. Keynote speeches will be given by the high-level representatives of the European Commission, industry and academia.

“Nowadays governments, businesses and private individuals increasingly recognize the benefits of cloud services, thus leading to increase in deployments and usage. The EU28 Cloud Security Conference will try to address the security challenges posed by cloud services, as well as to provide a realistic view on our preparedness,” says J.Sārts.

“Cloud computing is becoming the backbone of the EU’s digital economy. It represents an opportunity which needs trusted and secure cyberspace. Cloud supporting critical infrastructures is a reality: every day more banks, hospitals, telecommunications are adopting to the cloud model. The cybersecurity aspects involved cannot be underestimated in the context of an effective Digital Single Market. We must act decisively by removing barriers to cloud adoption and implementation in the public, government and private sector. Our presence at this event is to support activities in this direction,” says professor U.Helmbrecht.

The conference will gather the audience of 150 governmental and corporate decision-makers, representatives from the EU institutions and agencies, research and development managers, cyber security practitioners and researchers.

The EU28 Cloud Security Conference will be live streamed in the home page of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia: http://www.mod.gov.lv.

Cloud services are designed to provide easy, scalable access to applications, resources and services, and are fully managed by a cloud services provider. They can dynamically scale to meet the needs of its users, and since the service provider supplies the hardware and software, there is no need for a company to provide or deploy its own resources, or allocate IT staff to manage the service.  Examples of cloud services include online data.

As cyber issues are taking an increasingly greater role in today’s security agenda, the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2015 has set the Digital Europe as one of three policy priorities. Cyber security and defence form an inherent part of this priority. The findings of the event will be presented at the Digital Assembly that will take place on June 17-18 in Riga.

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) is a centre of expertise for cyber security in Europe. ENISA supports the EU and the Member States in enhancing and strengthening their capability and preparedness to prevent, detect and respond to network and information security problems and incidents.

The programme and the list of confirmed speakers of the EU28 Cloud Security Conference: Reaching the Cloud Era in the European Union is available in the ENISA home page: http://www.enisa.europa.eu/events/enisa-events/cloud-security-conference-reaching-the-cloud-era-in-the-eu/cloud-security-conference-reaching-the-cloud-era-in-the-european-union.

Stay updated through the official Twitter accounts of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia @AizsardzibasMin and the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security @enisa_eu , and using hashtag #CSCRiga15.

Photo gallery from the event here. Please attribute photo credit to Normunds Mezins, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia.

 

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