Siemens Cybersecurity Conference 2021: For the first time with Siemens-external part
At Siemens, we believe that it’s through unity and working together as a society that we can best create a resilient cybersecurity ecosystem. If you weren’t able to join this year’s Siemens Cybersecurity Conference or you’d like to look back on the event, you can find the external recorded sessions in this article.
Most of us have worked remotely from our home offices for over a year now, and there’s a lot of debate as to what extent this new way of working will be permanent. What isn’t open to debate, though, is that this shift to home working has increased the cyber risks faced by businesses. Think of the difference between working within a company network and working from home as being similar to the difference between the protection offered by a medieval walled city, and the danger of what lies outside. It leaves us vulnerable to the threat of cyberattacks – a threat that the World Economic Forum now ranks directly below climate change among the highest likelihood global risks.
Such a huge rise in the threat level is because the pace of technology is accelerating, and hackers are getting better and faster. They have seen the opportunities, whether it’s home working diluting the network perimeter, or the increasing speed of digitalization of factories in OT environments.
To protect ourselves and society we have to adapt, because the enemy itself is constantly adapting. It looks for vulnerabilities and it gets smarter and faster. And as cybersecurity threats evolve and new attacks appear, the ‘arms race’ of cybersecurity means that we have to adjust our defences accordingly. In the face of these evolving threats we too must evolve – and faster than ever before.
You want to see more from this year’s Siemens Cybersecurity Conference? Watch the recording of the external sessions!
Building bridges and providing insights
That’s why at Siemens we’re committed to transformation. We recognize that we must now take things to the next level and unleash our full potential. That means building bridges across silos, forging new alliances, and innovating technologies with a common purpose, so we can support each other, cooperate and co-create.
This co-creation is only possible in a diverse and inclusive team. This was the topic that Natalia Oropeza (Chief Cybersecurity Officer & Chief Diversity Officer at Siemens) discussed with Judith Wunschik (Chief Cybersecurity Officer & Global Head of Cybersecurity at Siemens Energy) and Georg Klein (Head of Assurance and Chief Auditor at Siemens):
The sense of #belonging is the key element of transformation at Siemens. I totally agree with Judith Wunschik that it all starts with our leaders: “We need engaged leaders who bring communities together and sponsor diversity and inclusion themselves – otherwise we won’t succeed.” And as Georg Klein rightly put it, we need to provide freedom for diversity and inclusion initiatives and encourage our colleagues to embark on this journey.Natalia Oropeza
That’s the collaborative ethos that lay behind this year’s Siemens Cybersecurity Conference – the next step in our evolution, which will help us to build even further on the amazing achievements that have made us the industry leaders in cybersecurity. It also provided us with great insights on how we protect our businesses and society from this growing threat, for example in the healthcare sector. Carlos Arglebe (Chief Cybersecurity Officer at Siemens Healthineers) emphasized this topic in the discussion “Making cybersecurity real in healthcare. Lives depend on us”:
Cybersecurity in healthcare concerns everyone: we all visit doctors and share our valuable data with hospitals. And although the number of cyber-attacks has increased drastically due to the pandemic, many of the data breaches could have been prevented with basic hygiene measures in cybersecurity! Nevertheless, cyber-crimes in healthcare are getting more and more sophisticated, of course, and it’s our duty at Siemens to protect our customers. I loved how Carlos Arglebe put it, when he compared this issue with the safety measures on a plane: “Put on your own oxygen mask first before you assist others. And it’s the same with our business: we have to grow our own capacities in order to support our customers.Natalia Oropeza