Vienna Cyber Security Week 2019 was successfully held

Cyber Security protecting critical infrastructure

Photo: Philipp Agathonos gave a keynote speech

The third edition of the Vienna Cyber Security Week (VCSW) was successfully held from 11 to 15 March 2019 in Vienna. The conference was organized by the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) and the Energypact Foundation, with the support of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), the Federal Ministry of Defence (BMLV) the Federal Chancellery (BKA) and the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA), as well as the ITU, the IEC and the OSCE.

The VCSW 2019 brought together national and international stakeholders in critical infrastructure and in cyber security for conducting information exchange, confidence building, and enhancing awareness of the risks and state of practice for digital system protection. Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary, Director of OSTA, held a keynote speech on ethical aspects of Artificial Intelligence during the concluding day of the conference, which also included representatives of US-Tech Giant Google and the China Electronics Technology Group.

The five days event offered a unique forum for both governmental and non-governmental partners to delve into substantive debates from Energy Security, Finance Industry 5.0, and Cyber Challenges and Resilience in Transportation, over Critical Infrastructure Cyber Protection and Incident Response, Smart City and Smart Protection to Combatting Cyber-Terrorism and Cyber-Crime. A dedicated Women’s Cyber Forum also took place.

During the event several Austrian and international enterprises, in particular SME’s, had the opportunity to present their products and engage in B2B talks.

The Cyber Security Week 2020 will be held again at the same location between 23 and 27 March 2020.



The 10th China Energy & Environment Summit opens

Cyber security meets critical energy infrastructure  

Photo: Philipp Agathonos held a presentation on CEES

On the 1st of December 2017, the 10th China Energy & Environment Summit (CEES) opened at the Lecture Hall of University of International Business and Economics (UIBE). Following the invitation of CEES, Minister Plenipotentiary Philipp Agathonos attended the Summit and held a presentation on “Cyber Security and Critical Energy Infrastructure”.

As one of the five keynote speakers on the opening, Mr Agathonos emphasized the necessity and requirement of cyber security and introduced capacity building and successful established R&D competences in the field of digital safety and security in Austria, and in particular of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. He underlined the linkages between cyber security, energy and infrastructure. Mr Agathonos also mentioned the National Cyber-Exercise for critical infrastructure operators in Austria, which took place on 6-7th of November 2017 and the Vienna Cyber Security Week, which will take place from 29th of January to 2nd February 2018 and will focus on the Protection of Critical Energy Infrastructure and the Security of Smart Cities and Energing Technologies.

CEES is organized by the China Energy and Environment Research Center and China’s Economic Trends Research Institute of Economic Daily News. Supporting Organizations include the NDRC, the National Energy Administration (NEA), the Institute of International Economy of UIBE and CCUD. Mr. Shifang SUN, president of China’s Economic Trends Research Institute of Economic Daily; Mr. Zhiqin LIN, deputy chairman of CEES, Director of China Energy and Environment Research Center, Prof. of UIBE etc. participated in the summit.