Cybersecurity in critical infrastructures


Today’s critical infrastructures have become more and more complex and interconnected, and this evolution process will continue. On the other hand, the increasing complex interrelation among such critical systems createsnew security vulnerabilities, which can be exploited by malicious users to compromise sensible data, other systems or the whole network with a tremendous impact on the economy and the society.

The CONNECT University session on "Cybersecurity in critical infrastructures"  brings together European Commission and external experts working on strengthening cybersecurity in critical infrastructures to discuss around this topic highlighting both the role of the private sector and the public authorities. The debate will mainly focus on examples from the energy sector, financial services and transport infrastructure. During the session the European Commission experts will briefly present the latest EU’s policy and research initiatives in the field of cybersecurity in critical infrastructures. This session seeks to introduce the topic and to initiate an online debate on twitter which will culminate on December 5th with the ICT 2018 plenary ‘Secure Digital Economy and Society’.

CONNECT University celebrates the European CyberSecurity Month! We invite you to join us live on October 9th from 11:00-12:30 for a discussion on transforming the security culture within critical infrastructures.



Welcome speech by Mr. Florin Lupescu, Dean of the CONNECT University, Principal Advisor, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Keynote speech by Mr. Lionel Ferette, Federal Cyber Emergency Team, Belgium


Presentations (maximum 10 minutes each) followed by an interactive discussion (approximately 50 minutes)

Moderator: Mr. Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho, Head of 'Cybersecurity Technology & Capacity Building' Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission


  1. Mr. Eddy Hartog, Head of 'Smart Mobility & Living" Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  2. Ms. Anna Samsel van Haasteren, Team Leader, 'Security of Supply' Unit, DG ENER, European Commission
  3. Mr. Kohler Constant, Cybersecurity Programme Manager, CEN and CENELEC
  4. Ms. Alexandra Maniati, Senior Policy Adviser Cybersecurity & Social Affairs, European Banking Federation


Closing remarks by Mr. Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho, Head of 'Cybersecurity Technology & Capacity Building' Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission