Cyber Polygon 2020 international online cybersecurity exercise ends

Jul 08, 2020

As many as 120 teams have boosted their cybersecurity skills; leading experts from all around the world have discussed how to avoid a digital pandemic.

July 8, 2020, Moscow Cyber Polygon 2020 international online cybersecurity exercise is over. It is a project jointly run by the Centre for Cybersecurity of the World Economic Forum, Sberbank Group, and BI.ZONE. The main topic of Cyber Polygon 2020 was the preparation for a large-scale cyber crisis that might happen amid accelerating digitization and climbing number of cybercrimes.

The main topic of Cyber Polygon 2020 was the prevention of a “digital pandemic” that might happen, considering the high speed of global digitization. The event featured two simultaneous tracks, an online broadcast for a large audience, and an exercise for cybersecurity professionals.

During the technical training, response teams from 120 largest Russian and international organizations and 29 countries trained how to deal with a targeted attack aimed at stealing confidential data and damaging reputation. The BI.ZONE team pretended to be the attackers.

At the start of the webcast, Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, welcomed Cyber Polygon participants. He stated that cybercrime rates grew due to the pandemic and one of the challenges for governments and professional communities was the creation of the secure internet. The professor emphasized that humanity faces a critical moment for the first time since WWII when technology develops extremely fast, and cybersecurity comes to the forefront.

This was followed by discussions and an interview in the first stream of the event with a tagline An Uncertain Future: What Cyber Risks will the Accelerated Global Digitalisation Bring? The first one was a dialogue between Herman Gref, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank, and Tony Blair, a Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The speakers talked about risks that may be caused by the digitization and how the pandemic-triggered crisis could affect our attitude toward this process.

After the dialogue, speeches were delivered by Jeremy Jurgens, Chief Business Officer and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum, Sebastian Tolstoy, President for Sales of Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Ericsson and Head of Ericsson Russia, and Alexey Kornya, CEO of MTS.

During the second stream, named The Power of Information, Vladimir Pozner, a TV journalist with 50-year experience and writer, and Nik Gowing, a news presenter for BBC World for 18 years and the founder of Thinking the Unthinkable, discussed the impact of fake news on the well-being of businesses and nations, and shared their vision on how the situation with disinformation will develop further and what we should do to fight against it.

That part of the stream also welcomed presentations from Stephane Duguin, CEO CyberPeace of Institute; Dhanya Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Asia, Middle East and Africa of Trend Micro; and Wendi Whitmore, Vice President for IBM’s X-Force Threat Intelligence. A discussion between Jacqueline Kernot, Partner in Cybersecurity of Ernst & Young, and Hector Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of Visa ended the second block.

The third stream Are We Prepared to Counter a New Wave of Cybercrime? was opened with a discussion between Troels Oerting, Chairman of the Advisory Board, the World Economic Forum Centre for Cybersecurity, and Jürgen Stock, Secretary General of INTERPOL, who talked about how 2020 changed the situation with the cybercrime and landscape of existing cyber threats.

The final parts of the webcast were interviews with Craig Jones, Director of Cybercrime of INTERPOL, Petr Gorodov, Head of the General Directorate for International Relations and Legal Assistance of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, and John Crain, Chief Security, Stability & Resiliency Office of ICANN.

Stanislav Kuznetsov, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank, summed up the results of the training.

“Cyber Polygon 2020 has become the first international online cybersecurity exercise in the history of the digital world that was held in this format. For us it’s an honor that over 5 mln people from 57 countries watched our webcast today. This year showed that the crisis may happen in a blink of an eye and cause serious damage for those who are not ready. But we can avoid it. We would like to thank the World Economic Forum, INTERPOL, as well as all participants and partners for their participation in the exercise. Today we’ve made a huge step toward the creation of a secure digital world,” said Stanislav Kuznetsov.

The record of the stream is available on Cyber Polygon 2020 website.


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