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The 3rd Vienna Cyber Security Week has successfully positioned Vienna as a global centre for cyber security

In mid-March 2019, Vienna was the hub for international players in the field of cyber security for the third time during the Vienna Cyber Security Week 2019 (VCSW19). From 11-15 March 2019, more than 700 participants from over 70 countries worldwide gathered in the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in Vienna to discuss current challenges and solutions for the protection of our global, networked critical infrastructures in areas such as energy, communications, transport and smart cities. The successful format, in existence since 2017, was organised by the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, the WKO Aussenwirtschaft Austria and the Energypact Foundation, in close cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Helmut Leopold, Head of Center for Digital Safety & Security at the AIT: "An intensive dialogue between research, industry and authorities is absolutely necessary to enable a high level of cyber security protection and to effectively counteract future global cyber threats. With this trend-setting international multi-stakeholder conference, Austria can successfully anchor its position as a high-tech location for cyber security in the international field of vision".

Michael Otter, head of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce for Foreign Trade (WKO Aussenwirtschaft Austria), emphasised the importance of cyber security for Austrian exporters: "Vienna Cyber Security Week offers Austrian exporters of IT security technologies a platform within the framework of which they can establish direct contacts with customers and partners from over 50 countries, and also enables all Austrian exporters to find out about the latest trends, developments and innovations in cyberspace security. As an internationalisation agency of the Austrian economy, the WKO Aussenwirtschaft is proud to offer such a platform to our exporters".

Alexandre Dimitrijevic, President of the Energypact Foundation: "The strong participation of leading experts as well as extraordinary discussions have confirmed the necessity of such discussion platforms in order to promote the exchange of the international energy community, to raise global awareness and to promote confidence building with regard to energy security and cyber threat".

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During the conference week there was also a technology exhibition of Austrian and international companies from business, industry and research, in which leading security solutions and innovations in the cyber security sector were presented to the international conference audience. Exhibiting companies and organizations were: Advenica, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Attingo, Barracuda, CyberTrap, Digital City Vienna, Desoma, Energypact Foundation, EPS Electric Power Systems, Fachverband der Elektro- und Elektronikindustrie (FEEI), FH Oberösterreich, FinPin Technologies, fragmentiX, Huawei, HuemerIT, IKARUS Security Software, MP2 IT-Solutions, NOKIA, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity, Satellite Telecom, SBA Research, Silkroad 4.0, Sparx Systems Central Europe, Sphinx IT Consulting, Trusted Cyber Security Solutions, TeleGroup, VACE Systemtechnik, Wenisch Consulting, World Institute of Nuclear Security (WINS), WKO Aussenwirtschaft Austria, X-Net Services. The event was sponsored by HUAWEI, Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity and Barracuda.

Information on the programme, presentations and photos of the event can be found on the right-hand side as well as here: https://www.energypact.org/vienna-csw-2019/