How to Enable Rapid Cybersecurity Standards Implementation for Impact – FA 02 Sub 02 2022

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21 June 2022 | 15:45 - 16:30 CEST | SISSA Main Auditorium | Live streaming | Live transcription
Consolidated programme 2022 overview / Day 1

Proposals: #12 #26 #63 #67

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Session teaser

Is there a practical approach for coordinating cybersecurity standards implementation and who should be driving this – regulators to drive adoption, industry to drive implementation or consumers to drive demand?

Session description

Cybersecurity standards help improve the security of IT systems, networks and critical infrastructures. They typically define both functional and assurance requirements within a product, system, process or technology environment, and well-developed cybersecurity standards help enable consistency among product developers and serve as a reliable metric for purchasing security products. Plus, they need to address user needs, but must also be practical since cost and technological limitations exist. Additionally, a standard’s requirements should be verifiable; otherwise, users cannot assess security even when products are tested against the standard. In this complex landscape, along with increasing complex cybersecurity challenges and complex regulations, once a cybersecurity standard is developed, how should industry, governments and the consumer approach its implementation so that there are strong safeguards and the fundamental rights of people are kept in the forefront? In this session, participants will address:

  • How do standards intersect or interact with regulations and frameworks?
  • How do they contribute to private-public driven innovation?
  • What does a strategy need to contain in order to speed up deployment of standards?
  • What might be holding the industry back from deploying standards?
  • What might be holding government institutions back from actively supporting existing standards and related best practices?
  • What might be holding back consumers from demanding trustworthy solutions backed by collaborative standards?


The moderator will briefly set the stage for the discussion, putting on the table various challenges and factors at play. Following this, there will be a lightning round of questions and scenarios provided to the key participants to unveil various perspectives and diverse thoughts, which will flow into an interactive dialogue with all participants where tangible suggestions surface that stakeholders can consider as they work to implement cybersecurity strategies and solutions.

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  • Constance Weise
  • Karen McCabe

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  • Riccardo Nanni
  • Vittorio Bertola
  • Constance Weise
  • Roberto Gaetano
  • Alève Mine
  • Karen McCabe
  • Wout de Natris
  • Fotjon Kosta

Key Participants

  • Chiara Giovannini, Deputy Secretary-General, Senior Manager Policy & Innovation, ANEC (remote)

Chiara Giovannini has been working for ANEC since 2002, first as Programme Manager and presently as Senior Manager, Policy & Innovation and Deputy Secretary General. Apart from deputising for the Secretary General, she leads ANEC’s works on Accessibility and Digital Society and is responsible for horizontal and strategic policy issues. Prior to joining ANEC, Ms. Giovannini worked at Swiss Consumers Organisation. She holds a Master degree in European Law. Ms Giovannini represents ANEC at high-level events, committees and research Advisory Boards. For example, she was a member of the European Commission High Level Group on Artificial Intelligence and Ethics. ANEC is the European consumer voice in standardisation. ANEC defends the European consumer interest in the creation of technical standards and European laws and public policies making use of standards.

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Alex spent over 25 years working across the Communications and Cyber Security industry. Alex specialises in bridging the gaps between communications technology evolution and regulatory requirements (Security, Privacy, Public Safety) placed on the communications service providers. Alex has been involved in standardisation for 20+ years and currently chairs ETSI TC Cyber, ETSI ISG NFV SEC, ETSI ISG AI and 3GPP SA3-LI. Starting his career in satellite communications, following a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Warwick University, Alex has held a range of technical, design and regulatory governance roles since joining BT Plc in 1999. He is a regular speaker on Cyber Security and Regulatory issues at Communications Technology events.

  • Esteve Sanz, Head of Sector, Internet Governance and Multi-stakeholder Dialogue, European Commission (onsite)

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After his PhD in International Relations with a thesis on the influence of Chinese stakeholders in Internet governance, Riccardo Nanni is now researching the concepts and practices of "dataspace" and "data governance" at Fondazione Bruno Kessler.

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