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World Economic Forum Cybersecurity Conference Opens in Geneva

The World Economic Forum (WEF) Centre for Cybersecurity will host its annual meeting focusing on cybersecurity from November 15-16 in Geneva, Switzerland. Among the primary themes for the 2022 event is cyber resilience, with a focus on organizations developing the proper leadership and cooperation to deal with the growing threat landscape.

The annual meeting on cybersecurity will bring together more than 150 of the world's foremost cybersecurity leaders and experts from global businesses, governments, international organizations, civil society, and academia to make cyberspace safer and more resilient.

This year's attendees will include Trustwave CEO Eric Harmon.

The program will feature interactive dialogues, hands-on workshops, and in-depth discussions designed to enable insight-sharing, foster debate, and spur action.

The WEF's goal is to bridge the gap between cybersecurity experts and decision-makers at the highest levels to reinforce the importance of cybersecurity as a key strategic priority.

The 2022 event features 16 sessions covering a range of topics, including Leadership for a Resilient Future, Cybercrime: Staying Ahead of the Curve, Securing the Metaverse: Cyber in the Next Global Commons, and CISO Priorities: from Security to Resilience. 

Resilience in the Face of Cyberattacks

The sessions, taken together, will give the attendees a better understanding of how cyber challenges are increasingly becoming a risk to public safety. In addition, the sessions will share best practices and identify new methods to secure critical infrastructure, strengthen supply chains, and ensure leadership commitment towards building a secure digital future with cyber resilience at its core.

The WEF's main body is also focused on cybersecurity. In May, at its annual conference in Davos, Switzerland, the CEOs of 18 attending organizations committed to undertaking collective action on cyber resilience and additionally took the  Cyber Resilience Pledge. The WEF created the pledge to support the organizations engaged in the World Economic Forum's Cyber Resilience in Oil and Gas initiative.

This action was in direct response to several high-profile and damaging cyberattacks that took place in 2021. These include the Colonial Pipeline attack in the U.S. in May 2021 and on European oil facilities in February 2022. In each instance, the attacks forced disruptions and impacted the civilian populations.

Global Action in the Fight Against Cyber Threats

To help improve global cooperation in the fight against cybercrime, the attendees will have the opportunity to attend sessions discussing the role cooperation plays in building resilience and trust. The sessions will focus on identifying opportunities for public-private cooperation in the collective response to growing cyber threats, including those from increasingly advanced cyber criminals. Sessions will also discuss how to bridge the gap between cybersecurity and other disciplines to foster a higher level of digital trust globally.

The WEF's Centre for Cybersecurity is an independent and impartial global platform committed to fostering international dialogues and collaboration between the global cybersecurity community in the public and private sectors.