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2013 Summit: Focus on four topics

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Around 130 top managers of major German corporations, along with leading politicians from the EU, Germany and Austria, came together for the second Cyber Security Summit on November 11, 2013.

The 2013 Summit came at a time of broad discussion on confidence in the digital society – shaken not least by the current controversy surrounding security services' eavesdropping programs. The working groups at the Cyber Security Summit thus focused on four topic areas.

  • Rebuilding trust in the digital society
    The revelations by the American whistle-blower, Edward Snowden, have led to an extreme loss of trust in the digital world. The highest priority must now be to win back this trust. In order to do this, all players in the digital world must focus more strongly on social values.
  • New threat scenarios for the economy
    The threats from cyberspace are not only increasing, they are becoming ever more targeted and more specific. Every day around 200,000 new variants of viruses, Trojans and worms appear. Up to 800,000 attacks on the early warning systems of Deutsche Telekom take place every day. In addition to espionage and sabotage activities, it is mainly organized economic crime that is playing a large and growing role in this context. Overall, people's trust in the digital world is being hugely affected. We must regain this trust. For this purpose, a valid, real-time picture of the Internet attacks is required.
  • Gaining trust, restoring trust
    After the monitoring scandals of the very recent past, the industrial and political worlds face the challenge of creating a security culture based on trust, transparency, and cooperation. The problem of trust between states may possibly be solved if all sides declare openly and transparently what espionage activities they have indulged in.
  • Cyber defense is becoming a business?s-critical core skill
    Major international companies are subjected to an increasing number of cyber attacks which target their entire value-added chain. The highly professional attackers are characterized by a procedure based largely on a division of labor, and they hit a wide variety of points within the supply chain.

In addition to keynote speeches by EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes and Germany's Federal Minister of Justice at the time, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, participants were able to follow the panel discussion of distinguished experts on the subject of "Cyber security, data protection and international relations." The speakers were the former Israeli Prime minister Ehud Barak, Howard A. Schmidt (the former cyber security adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama), Johanna Mikl-Leitner, the Austrian Federal Minister for the Interior and the Deputy General Secretary of the OECD, Yves Leterme.

Final communiqué and recommendation for strategic action

Keynote speeches – and particularly debates in the plenary sessions and the working groups on the above subject areas – offered the opportunity to define recommendations for strategic action and provided impetus to the development of networked digital defensive measures.

The key points of the final communiqué have been defined accordingly: Raising awareness of cyber security issues, implementing security and economic policies that respond to the new challenges in this area, and an increased exchange of information between companies and the authorities.