Agora: Cyber Defence, how can businesses protect themselves from cyber threats?

6 May 2019

15:30-16:45 | Sax Room -


Pierre Delsaux

European Commission

Deputy Director General, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Department

Teri Schultz

DW News

Freelance Reporter

Steve Purser


Head of Core Operations Dpt.


The world we live in has been profoundly transformed by the digital revolution. A mere 40 years after the invention of the transistor, which allowed for the creation of much more complex computers, the Internet now permeates every aspect of our lives. Created as an information space known as the World Wide Web in 1989, it carried the promise of an interconnected, borderless world where thoughts and ideas could be seamlessly exchanged.

Nowadays, 3.8 billion people are connected to the Internet, representing one of the most drastic change of our history, and deserves its name of the digital revolution. On the European continent, from e-commerce to the Internet of Things to artificial intelligence, digitalisation transforms businesses, EU economies and our daily lives. Existing e-barriers begin to disappear and the EU is moving towards a new digital future.

At the same time the nature of security and security threats is changing rapidly, forcing all actors to adapt their policies and introduce new solutions and defence strategies. Cyber risk is a particularly obscure challenge for all branches of state activity, from business to the military sector. Due to its unpredictability and virtually infinite potential for development, cyber threat will be the key focus of national, international and global security strategies for decades to come.