FIWARE Cybersecurity DAY

The new digital realm is rewriting the rules of businesses where innovative technologies have a prominent role in overall value creation. Data-related activities are not only a central feature of the production process but a key aspect of economic activity. There is not any doubt that the digital era is creating numerous new opportunities for the economy and society but, at the same time, introducing new challenges.

According to the 2021 World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report, cyber risks continue ranking among global risks. Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated technological adoption, it has also exposed cyber vulnerabilities, the lack of agile solutions to dire problems, as well as exacerbating the tech inequalities within and between societies.

However, good news is on the horizon. Thanks to the introduction of new architectures and patterns, the ICT industry is bringing more agility in the creation and management of new products and digital services that can easily be combined together to create more complex business chains. Their growing complexity and multi-domain nature make these systems even more vulnerable to security breaches and cyber-attacks.

To discuss the challenges and opportunities of cybersecurity, FIWARE, supported by the GUARD Project and, is bringing together cybersecurity experts to review innovative, integrated, and holistic approaches for a secure and trusted Digital Single Market, outlining the principles that are guiding the EU action in this domain.


  • 14:00 – 14:10 — Welcome and Introduction by Moderator Vito Morreale (Director of the Industry & Security R&D Lab, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica)
  • 14:10 – 14:30 (including 5-min. Q&A) — Keynote Speech “Challenges in research, innovation and capability building for cyber security – from a ECSO perspective” by Fabio Martinelli (Research Director, National Research Council of Italy and Vice-chairman, ECSO Board)
  • 14:30 – 14:50 (including 5-min. Q&A) — Keynote Speech: “Automatic Cyber Threat Investigation” by Prof. Yaron Wolfsthal (Head, IBM Cyber Center of Excellence & Ben-Gurion Univ. and Head, IBM Innovation Ventures, Israel)
  • 14:50 – 15:15 (including 5-min. Q&A) — Expert Session: “The European observatory of research and innovation in the field of cybersecurity and privacy”, Cyberwatching
  • 14:50 – 15:00 — “Observing, understanding and supporting the cybersecurity landscape”, by Nicholas Ferguson (Senior Project Manager, Trust-IT Services)
  • 15:00 – 15:10 — “Visualising the European Cybersecurity Research and Innovation Landscape” by Prof. David Wallom (Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford)
  • 15:15 – 15:30 (including 5-min. Q&A) — Expert Session: “Emerging challenges in cyber risk assessment and management” by Paolo Roccetti (Senior Researcher, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica)
  • 15:30 – 15:45 (including 5-min. Q&A) — Expert Session: “Application of GUARD in the emerging ICT market sectors” by Paolo Secondo Crosta (Innovation Manager, R&D Manager, R&D&I Project Funding Manager, Italtel Group)
  • 15:45 – 16:10 (including 5-min. Q&A) — GUARD Project Use Cases
  • 15:45 – 15:55 — Mobility Use Case: “Adding an ‘S’ to IoT” by Cornelio Hopmann (Technical Lead, Wobcom GmbH)
  • 15:55 – 16:05 — eHealth Use Case: “Enhancing security and privacy in eHealth sector” by Armend Duzha (Senior R&D Project Manager, Gruppo Maggioli)
  • 16:10 – 16:15 — Closing Remarks by Stefano de Panfilis (COO, FIWARE Foundation)