Reducing the vulnerabilities of digitized societies: MSC Cyber Security Roundtable in Berlin

On November 19, around thirty European leaders in the field of cybersecurity came together in Berlin for a Munich Security Conference Cyber Security Roundtable at the margins of the German IT summit.

Participants at the MSC Cyber Security Roundtable in Berlin (Photo: Ricarda Spiegel).

Against a background of dangerously high numbers of weaknesses and vulnerabilities of IT systems, participants discussed the state of play of Western countries' cyber defenses and exchanged experiences across Europe. In particular, the roundtable discussion explored best practices around Europe concerning minimum standards and notification requirements for operators of critical infrastructures and telecommunications. The participants also debated whether the Paris attacks had implications for Western cyber defense strategies. Finally, participants exchanged recommendations on ways to move forward – and approaches that should be avoided.


The roundtable was organized in cooperation with the offices of Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière and Dr. Walter Schlebusch of Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, who jointly co-chair the platform "Security, Protection, and Trust for Society and Business" ("Sicherheit, Schutz und Vertrauen für Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft") of the German IT summit.


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 and Abu Dhabi. Further roundtables will take place in Munich on February 12, 2016 and in Addis Ababa on April 14, 2016.


Click here for some impressions of the event.

19. November 2015, von MSC