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Cyber Security Conference

Cyber Security Conference

On Thursday, October 26, IMH is organising the 1st Cyber Security Conference, which aims to inform Cypriot companies about current and future cybersecurity risks. Tor Saltveit, Chief Information Security Officer at Huawei Norge, reveals why events of this kind are crucial and explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted cybersecurity needs.


Why do you consider events such as the Cyber Security Conference to be important to businesses and government agencies?

I think events such as these give us all a great opportunity to share experiences, learn from each other and gain an early insight into technological and market developments. Even if the presentations only touch lightly upon some topics, they give inspiration and direction to further research. Once these events are physical again, it will also be possible to network and develop relations with people who can support you in all manner of ways.


How did organisations’ cybersecurity needs change as more people began working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

The pandemic catapulted digitalization efforts five years ahead in one year. Business, school, food delivery, retail pick-up service, travel – everything was affected. Adjusting to this ‘new normal’ and using all the valuable insight we have gained has been the real challenge. From a security perspective, we need to understand that people are more on their own, they may not have colleagues available to seek advice, they are dependent upon working securely from remote locations. So, the infrastructure needs to adapt accordingly. And new solutions to support this way of working need to be built with security in mind.


What are some of the best ways for businesses and government agencies to stay alert and ahead of cybersecurity threats?

Cooperation among different actors in the field and collaboration towards common standards are both essential. As technology and security become more complex, it is important that we do not try to solve all the problems on our own as separate islands. Instead, we need to take advantage of one another’s expertise to find best practices together.


In the past, specialised technological matters were left solely in the hands of designated departments within an organisation. Although the issue remains complex, do you believe every employee now has role to play in the battle against cyber-attacks?

In the future, digital solutions will affect our lives more and more. This makes it all the more important that we find measures, mostly in technology, that can minimize and compensate for human error. But it will take time to reach this situation. In the meantime, our employees definitely are an attack vector for threat actors. And companies should offer training to mitigate this risk.


One of your areas of work is international cooperation. Are more countries realising the value of a united front against hackers and other cybersecurity threats?

There are some promising developments. ENISA and agencies in the EU have done a great job of driving that agenda, developing standards, tools and guides. But there are also political voices and there are hidden agendas. Many countries choose individual approaches to their digital security strategies. I believe in focusing efforts on common, effective standards, interchangeable and compatible solutions, and transparency.




Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 09:00

Digital Event


Organiser: IMH

Sponsors: George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC, Huawei, KPMG Limited, Prospectacy, UCLan Cyprus

With the Support of: ACFE, CCS, CCSC, CITEA, Cyprus Tech Association, Invest Cyprus, ISACA, (ISC)² Cyprus Chapter, National Betting Authority

Communication Sponsors: IN Business magazine, GOLD magazine


For more information regarding the event and this year’s topics, please click here.


For more information please contact IMH:

Tel: 22505555 │ Fax: 22679820

Email: [email protected]




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