High level cybersecurity experts and practitioners presented cybersecurity issues and possible solutions related to vulnerable complex supply chains. This session was one of the eleven thematic sessions of the 2019 CONNECT University Summer School with cybersecurity as overarching topic. The video of the session is now available. Watch it again.

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In the digital era, Supply Chain services (SCs) are the cornerstones of global trade and economy where cross border Critical Infrastructures (CI), (e.g. authorities airports, railways, ports, energy providers, banks, logistic/transport companies, industries) collaborate in offering complex digital  services in all critical sectors (e.g. transport, finance, health, government). Examples of SCs include: container management, vehicle transport. The CIs that operate within their SCs have physical and cyber multi-interdependencies, interacting with all sectors of economy and therefore, their malfunctioning or disruption will have cascading effects, on several other EU infrastructures or cross-border services that depend on them.

The highly valuable interconnected physical and cyber assets involved in the SCs have become targets for attacks attracting the attention of terrorism, causing not only disruption of the SCs but tremendous damage to EU business operations, national and EU safety, economies, societies and environment. This session briefed the participants about the topic of supply chain security and focused on the current trends to mitigate potential risks caused by malicious actions against these highly valuable interconnected physical and cyber assets.


10:30-12:30 CEST


Nineta Polemi, Senior programme officer, Cybersecurity Technology & Capacity Building Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission


  • Wil Van Heeswijk, Policy Officer Supply Chain Security & Detection Technology Expert, DG TAXUD, European Commission
  • Armend Duzha, EU Project Manager, Maggioli S.p.A.
  • Stefan Schauer, Senior Scientist Security & Communication Technologies Center for Digital Safety & Security AIT

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The CONNECT Univesity Summer School is the annual flagship activity of the so called CONNECT University. The CONNECT University is an initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate General on Communication Networks, Content and Technologies (DG CONNECT) which aims to inform about the latest digital trends and challenges which are highly linked with EU's relevant policies and serve as a platform for sharing knowledge through thematic discussions, workshops and seminars. It's main target audience is EU's institutions staff but very often the sessions are also open to the public via web-streaming or recorded videos.

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