This year’s forum theme, “In Cloud We Trust?”, highlights the significance of public cloud computing in Europe, given that 70% of European data is currently stored and processed outside of Europe. Luxembourg’s participation in the fair will provide ample opportunity to showcase its advanced cyber ecosystem and cloud computing commitments, which have earned it a top spot in Europe and beyond, as evidenced not only by its position among Europe’s Cyber Valleys–regions charged with developing interregional cooperation in the field of cybersecurity–but also by its leading role in building and hosting a world-class cyber defence cloud that will contribute to EU-wide and NATO defence capabilities.
“The presence of a Luxembourg pavilion at the International Cybersecurity Forum is a no-brainer. It’s a cybersecurity event, an area in which Luxembourg excels. Its Cyber Cloud Project, which is supported by the NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Agency) and backed by a €250 million budget until 2035, is a shining example of the country’s robust and long-term vision in the cyber domain. We also currently hold the chair of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre, with Pascal Steichen, CEO of the Luxembourg House of Cybersecurity, chairing the governing board,” explains David Foy, Head of International Business Development Digital Economy at Luxinnovation.
Luxembourg’s cyber ambitions are significant since cybercrime is expected to cost global economies approximately $10.5 trillion per year by 2025. Luxembourg has always prioritised cyber resilience, with concrete actions in its cybersecurity and cyber defence strategies outlining the country’s goals. The Luxembourg cybersecurity ecosystem, which counts more than 300 companies–90 of which have cybersecurity as their core business–offers a diverse range of cybersecurity and cyber defence solutions that better anticipate and counter these evolving malicious threats.
Luxembourg is known to be agile as it possesses the required legislative framework, financial resources, talent, and collaborative ecosystem.
More recently, the national innovation agency, Luxinnovation, set up an ongoing partnership with the Directorate of Defence of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs to promote the development of cyber solutions offered by Luxembourg companies and research organisations.
“Foreign delegations that visit the Luxembourg pavilion can see that our companies are backed by the government, and this is essential for the defence activities,” states Alexander Link, Defence Industry Coordinator at Luxinnovation.
The Luxembourg pavilion at FIC: 30 companies, a dedicated industry day, VIP visits
Luxembourg’s participation in the International Cybersecurity Forum is led by the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and the Luxembourg House of Cybersecurity, and with the support of Luxinnovation. Luxembourg will present a high-level delegation of approximately 50 delegates representing around 30 companies and research organisations at the forum, where they will be available to exchange and discuss potential collaborations with European and international partners.
“It’s about business opportunities, international cooperation, R&D and innovation, and sharing knowledge and expertise with other countries. The forum provides a unique opportunity to learn about what others are doing in the field and to identify best practices, market evolutions, and trends. On 6 April, we have organised a dedicated industry day to allow our companies to meet with six other country delegations, both in the Luxembourg pavilion and in other country pavilions. Our goal with this is to allow companies that are not part of the Luxembourg pavilion to still use the platform to explore collaboration opportunities,” says Mr Link.
“Whenever there’s a national pavilion in the world, it’s open to every single company. In the context of this visit, we aim to ensure that our clients–which are Luxembourg businesses–have not only the external visibility they merit when it comes to cybersecurity and cyber defence matters, but that they also extend this internal expertise towards other European and international entities,” states Mr Foy.
It’s about business opportunities, international cooperation, R&D and innovation, and sharing knowledge and expertise with other countries.
Several prominent figures, including European Union Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton, Quebec Minister of Cybersecurity Éric Caire, and Alessandro Cignoni, Head of the Information Superiority Unit at the European Defence Agency will be paying visits to the Luxembourg pavilion. Representatives from Luxinnovation will also be present at the forum to meet with prospective partners. A networking cocktail will also take place on 6 April.
Explore home-grown cyber solutions and partnership opportunities
“30 different companies mean 30 different outlooks, 30 different products and 30 different approaches. If we take the University of Luxembourg alone, there are several innovations happening that span from quantum encryption to satellite communication. Luxembourg is known to be agile as it possesses the required legislative framework, financial resources, talent, and collaborative ecosystem to promote the required research within cyber domain and the implementation of complex solutions” adds Mr Foy.
Consult the list of Luxembourg companies that will be on-site at the pavilion. These players are active in different sectors and represent both large, small and medium enterprises, and start-ups in the ecosystem. The exhibitors at the pavilion will provide information that will get you up to speed on the cyber solutions available within the Luxembourg ecosystem. Several presentations will also be given during the forum, including presentations by the Luxembourg House of Cybersecurity and Luxinnovation.
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