A key task of the CYD Campus is to facilitate the collaboration of science, industry and government in the area of cyber defence. To this end, the CYD Campus regularly organises public events on cyber topics relevant to defence and security. At this year’s Conference, experts from academia, government and industry held talks on key issues in the area of securing future digital infrastructures.

The Conference was be opened by Roger Halbheer, Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft. In his talk, he discussed the potential challenges of future digital infrastructures, which solutions already exist and where there is still a need for development.

This was followed by presentations on key topics such as the role of new technologies and developments in the area of communication networks (5G+), the global financial system, the consumption and dissemination of (dis)information and cryptography. Based on selected challenges, Prof. Dr. Florian Tramèr from ETH Zurich went on to take a critical look at the role that machine learning could play in the protection of future digital infrastructures. The series of presentations were rounded off with insights into the impact of increasingly complex and globally networked digital infrastructures on the conception and implementation of cyber defence exercises that are as realistic as possible, such as Locked Shields.

The conclusion of the event was dedicated to the international cyber startup scene. At this point, the three finalists of this year’s CYD Campus Cyber Startup Challenge presented their submitted technology solutions. The winning startup ONEKEY was chosen by a jury consisting of experts from the DDPS.