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ETSI Security Week to address cybersecurity standardization challenges

In order to help tackle the serious threats posed to network security, ETSI, officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization, will stage a comprehensive week-long event devoted to this increasingly crucial subject.

Many respected cybersecurity experts from around the world will be participating in the 2017 ETSI Security Week, which will take place from 12-16 June at the organization's headquarters in Sophia Antipolis, southern France. This is the third year in succession that ETSI has staged the Security Week.

This year's event will see representatives from a broad range of sectors involved in the presentations and panel discussions. Among these will be BNP Paribas, Bosch, Deutsche Telecom, Ericsson, Ernst & Young, Gemalto, Huawei, Intel, ISO, NEC, Nokia Bell Labs, NTT Docomo, and Thales. The agenda will cover the numerous preventative measures that need to be taken and detail sophisticated mechanisms which must be put in place to protect valuable data from cybercrime and industrial espionage.

Much of the activity will focus on addressing issues that are being raised by the latest technological advances - such as the expected massive increase in the number of connected devices and how security procedures will be impacted by the roll-out of 5G mobile technology.

A particular focus will be given to the new types of threats made possible by the virtualization of network functions with the adoption of NFV, and the means to mitigate them. Attention will then turn to the pivotal role that standardization is going to have in supporting international legislative guidelines and interoperability. There will also be an opportunity to share experiences one year after the eIDAS regulation has entered force.

"Building on the success of the previous two gatherings, in 2015 and 2016, the core objective of the ETSI Security Week will be to provide a platform for detailed dialogue on how best to safeguard the telecom and data communication networks of the future from security breaches. The event underlines the proactive stance being taken by ETSI in this area and how our vision of a standards-based structural framework will help encourage collaboration and alleviate the financial impact that cyberattacks have on the digital economy," states Charles Brookson, chairman of ETSI TC CYBER.

"It offers an ideal opportunity for attendees to converse with leading authorities in cybersecurity, exchange ideas and gain real insight into the challenges that lie ahead - and their potential solutions."