Space engineers have historically focused on building long-lasting and reliable satellites at a time when the security of space assets, data and services was not a concern. Today, the booming space industry is creating and transporting a growing amount of data in space and delivering critical services to customers from space, with ever increasing strategic and economic value. Hence, space assets and data have become an attractive target for hackers.
Now is the time to build a European ecosystem able to respond to the challenges of securing space assets, data and services in order to maintain its competitive advantage among the leading space nations and preserve Europe sovereignty.
Switzerland has proven to be one of the most innovative country in the world and has made cybersecurity a national priority. Based at the EPFL Innovation Park, and strong of its experience and expertise in the field, CYSEC and AP-Swiss want to provide to the European space community an opportunity to learn, share and connect on this critical topic, by bringing 50 selected executives to Davos.
Mathieu Bailly, VP Space at CYSEC and member of the organizing committee commented: “Satellite operators can no longer ignore cyber risks when designing a new satellite or a new constellation. It needs to be integrated from the very start. Today we see a lack of awareness, expertise and European solutions available on the market. The goal of CYSAT is to bring all players and decision-makers together in order to accelerate the European response. Switzerland is in a perfect position to lead the efforts!”
CYSAT ’21 will take place on January 27-29, 2021 in the renowned setting of the Davos Congress Center and will be broadcasted live on the internet. The event will combine keynotes from ethical hackers and researchers on the risks, technical presentations on best practices and solutions to secure satellite communications as well as selected keynotes from industrial leaders sharing their vision towards a European cyber resilience.
José Achache, Director of AP-Swiss and member of the Organizing Committee commented: “The future success of Europe in Space will be directly linked to the cybersecurity tools we will be able to implement to secure space assets and data in the coming years. Bringing together hackers and leaders, CYSAT ’21 will be the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with threats, trends and solutions in cybersecurity for space. I am looking forward to a series of great keynotes and exciting discussions.”
For more information and to register for an exclusive spot in Davos or online, please visit www.cysat.ch
About CYSEC SA
CYSEC SA is a cybersecurity company based at the EPFL Innovation Park in Lausanne, Switzerland, whose mission is to make confidential computing accessible by bridging modern cloud computing practices with certified security hardware. This approach enables saving an order of magnitude in time, efforts and costs to deploy sensitive software into a trusted execution environment, thus allowing a shorter time-to-market for security-critical applications and services.
To achieve its mission, CYSEC developed a general-purpose security platform called ARCA able to store data and execute applications in a Trusted Environment. CYSEC focuses on the provision of its cybersecurity solutions in four vertical sectors, namely financial services, IoT, space and telecoms. For more information, please visit www.cysec.com/space
AP-Swiss is the Ambassador Platform of the European Space Agency’s ARTES Applications programmes in Switzerland. It is a partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) of the Swiss Confederation. AP-Swiss also supports ESA BIC Switzerland, the ESA Business Incubation center in Switzerland. For more information, please visit www.ap-swiss.ch.
Source: Press release