Cyber Security Series

Cyber Security Summit Silicon Valley (2016)

The conference hall of the 2016 Cyber Security Summit at Stanford University (Photo: MSC/Kuhlmann).

On September 19 and 20, 2016, the Munich Security Conference and Deutsche Telekom organized the fourth Cyber Security Summit, which was hosted by the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Around 100 senior representatives from science, politics, business and the military met in Palo Alto, California, to debate current challenges in cyberspace. Among the participants were representatives from US and EU authorities, the cyber security coordinators of several European states, numerous business leaders, as well as security experts from various Silicon Valley companies. 

 

Topics included cyber defense, the future of warfare, developing standards and regulations for cyberspace, combating cyber terrorism and the economic ramifications of cyber security. The complete agenda of the event is available here. More info on the event, including the conference report as well as a selection of photos and videos, can be accessed through the info box in the sidebar.


Cyber Security and the MSC

Besides its annual flagship conference in Munich, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) Foundation regularly organizes high-profile events around the world. These events include summits and roundtables dedicated to a particular thematic focus like European Defence, Energy Security, Cyber Security, and Health Security.


For its cyber security activities, the MSC is partnering with the EastWest Institute, Deutsche Telekom, Google, and Microsoft to offer the best possible platforms for an open exchange of ideas and opinions.

 

 

Cyber Security Summits

 

The MSC's Cyber Security Summits address an audience of up to 150 senior representatives from government, the private sector, and NGOs, while also retaining the MSC's trademark atmosphere of open exchange and frank debates in an exclusive setting. Cyber Security Summits have been held at Deutsche Telekom Headquarters in Bonn in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and in September 2016 in Silicon Valley.

 

 

Cyber Security Roundtables

 

The MSC's Cyber Security Roundtables are small off-the-record gatherings of not more than 40 participants taking place throughout the year in major cities around the world.

 

The most recent Cyber Security Roundtables took place in New York, Abu Dhabi, Berlin, on the sidelines of the 52nd Munich Security Conference, and most recently in Addis Ababa.

 

 

Other Activities on Cyber Security


In addition, cyber security plays an important role at most MSC activities. During the annual conference in Munich, it has regularly taken center stage at panel discussions and numerous side events, and also plays an important role at events such as the European Defence Summit.

 

 

Past Events

Cyber Security Summit 2014

The third Cyber Security Summit took place on November 3, 2014 in Bonn. More than 180 senior guests from politics, the private sector, the intelligence community, and NGO leaders discussed the state of play and potential steps ahead concerning recent developments in cyber and information warfare, data protection, and expectations and responsibilities of ICT companies.


For more information on topics and the agenda as well as a video summary, please visit the summit's main homepage


Cyber Security Summit 2013

On November 11, 2013, around 130 top managers of major German corporations, leading politicians, and experts from the EU and Germany came together for the second Cyber Security Summit. The conference focused on the topics of espionage and sabotage and the regulatory frameworks at the national and international level. In working groups, participants discussed cyber security as a factor for investment and innovation, defining common areas for action and providing ideas for a networked digital defense.

 

The Final Communiqué of the 2nd Cyber Security Summit is available for download (PDF). Read more about the debates of the second Cyber Security Summit in this report.


Cyber Security Summit 2012

The first Cyber Security Summit took place on September 12, 2012, in Bonn. For the first time, the Munich Security Conference together with the Deutsche Telekom brought together high-ranking experts to discuss challenges of cyber security. The final communiqué of the first Cyber Security Summit (in German) is available for download here.