PwC Cybersecurity & Privacy Days 2021

That’s a wrap. Another successful edition of PwC’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Days ended on Thursday October 28, 2021, with the announcement of the winner of this year’s pitching competition: Keyless Technologies. The annual event, which this year was a return-to-form with live events as well as digital, had over 400 attendees and was brimming with great speakers that shared their expertise on cybersecurity and privacy matters.

The annual event, which once again was part of the Cybersecurity Week Luxembourg, took place across four days. It was great to see live events occurring again, including a workshop—“ Living a cybersecurity incident through the use of Virtual Reality technology”— that simulated a real cybersecurity crisis situation. A new, popular (and very practical addition) was the dedicated stand in conjunction with Streff where people could shred their old hard disk drive or mobile phone securely and safely. Those who did so went back home with what was left as a souvenir (see attached photo) and a very deep understanding of how corporate data should be destroyed.

There were distinguished speakers from all over the world, representing a rich panel of thought leaders, such as Tine A. Larsen, Christina Lekati, Paul Oor, Mirko Ross, Andrea Garcia Beltran, Philip Zimmermann and Paul de Hert. They shared the stage with companies that engaged in a pitch competition and presented how their innovative solutions meet cybersecurity or privacy challenges.

Participants also had the opportunity to participate in business matchmaking, join interactive breakout sessions and take part in a networking forum with their peers and industry leaders.

After a completely virtual edition 2020, we were very happy to host a hybrid event this year and be able to again welcome the majority of the attendees at Crystal Park.

Koen Maris, Advisory Partner and Cyber Security Leader PwC Luxembourg, said:

“At the close of 2021’s PwC Cybersecurity and Privacy Days, I wish to extend a huge thank you to all of the participants including the speakers and the finalists in this pitching competition— Keyless our winner— as well as Cymptom, Decentriq, Hoxhunt and Nymiz for taking up the challenge. Also, for everyone who attended live or digitally, thank you for your participation. I truly hope to see you next year at Crystal Park. We really covered a good variety of topics in order to provide food for thought for the CISOs of the local market. The theme this year was a relevant one – focussing on chaos and changing times. We are living in a world of constant change, and COVID has been a further catalyst, especially concerning data. There is a duality that we are all up against—that of the rising demand for digital information, which has become the lifeblood of the interconnected business ecosystem— and the rising need for companies to guard this increasingly valuable asset from skilled threat actors. How businesses can navigate through this chaotic situation was at the very heart of this year’s PwC Cybersecurity & Privacy Days 2021. We look forward to continuing this discussion and we hope to see you on one of our community calls and/or at next year’s event.”

Cybersecurity & Privacy Solution of the Year 2021 Award, the winner is… Keyless Technologies!

Keyless Technologies won the Cybersecurity & Privacy Solution of the Year 2021 Award. Keyless is pioneering privacy-first, biometric security solutions that enable companies to deploy seamless biometric authentication without compromising on user experience, compliance or security. It’s privacy-first authentication and identity management solutions serve the full spectrum of workforce and consumer authentication use cases. Currently, Keyless has two products for commercial use, the Keyless Authenticator™, and the Keyless SDK™.

The jury was composed of Roman Borisovich, Executive Director of Sardina Systems S.à.r.l, Krystina Gray, Vice-president of Women Cyber Force and Women4Cyber Luxembourg Chapter, and Steffen Minkmar, Head of IT Security at the European Investment Bank.

A simulation of chaos: how well are you and your business secured against a cyber attack?

Picture this: you and your company are being attacked. From one second to another, every control that you had over your company, your processes, your data, as well as your clients data, is gone. Months of work is lost and irretrievable. In the aftermath of the incident you not only lose a lot of money to reinstall your daily business processes, you also risk losing your clients’ trust, your reputation and your company’s credibility.

Now, how would you react during such a cyber attack? And would your leadership team, including the CEO, CFO and CISO, share the same opinion on how to fight the threat? Would everyone be aware of the so-called “Golden rules of cyber security”?

In a workshop using Virtual Reality technology, we offered the participants the opportunity to live through the simulation of such an incident to underline the importance of installing security protocols. This valuable training represented another highlight of this year’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Days and was well received by the participants.

Communiqué par PwC Luxembourg

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