The third Barcelona Cybersecurity Congress to focus on cyberattack prevention

The third edition of the Barcelona Cybersecurity Congress (BCC), an international event focused on the field of cybersecurity that will take place from May 10 to 12 within the framework of the IOT Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC), will address the need for all industries to increase their security levels to avoid or minimize the effects of an attack by cybercriminals. The event organized by Fira de Barcelona and the Agència de Ciberseguretat de Catalunya, the body responsible for cybersecurity in Catalonia for both society and the public administration, will feature conferences, an exhibition and activities area, and a symposium for startups.

Hall 4 of Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue will host the third edition of an initiative that aims to focus on the need for companies to have reliable protection systems in place, given the rising connectivity in all industries. Thus, the BCC will have as its core a congress that, curated by the International Society of Automation (ISA), will discuss cyber threats, the IoT and the manufacturing and automotive sectors.

Highlighted speakers include Frank Courbon, Security Lead at Churchill College; Elliot Lear, Principal Engineer at Cisco; Rob Dobson, Vice President of Device Authority; Francisco Garcia, Director of Digital Plant – Industrial Automation Cybersecurity Solutions at Schneider; and José María Cavanillas, Director of Worldwide IoT Partner Management at Atos, among others. Also noteworthy is the participation of speakers from leading companies such as Fortinet, Nespresso and Volvo.

The BCC will also have an exhibition area with around thirty companies that will showcase the most innovative solutions in cybersecurity, organize workshops, and activities to publicize new products and services.

Ethical hacking and startups
The event will also have an Innovation area where different activities will be carried out to highlight the need and difficulty of having protected systems and reliable communications in any economic sector. To this end, a Hacking Village will be organized in which workshops will be held as well as a Bug Bounty, a program in which companies contact ethical hackers willing to test the security of their systems and discover vulnerabilities in exchange for a reward, among other activities.

On the other hand, to promote the recruitment of new professionals, the BCC will present a talent market in the form of a startup competition in which entrepreneurs in the field of cybersecurity will meet investors, and an investment seminar, organized by the European Cybersecurity Organization (ECSO) in collaboration with the Agència de Ciberseguretat de Catalunya. The two best companies participating in this session will be nominated for ECSO’s European Cybersecurity STARtup Award 2022.

IOTSWC and ISE join forces
In 2022, IOTSWC will be jointly held with Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the world’s largest event for AV and systems integration professionals. Holding the two events together will provide a unique opportunity to explore the crossroads between two different sets of disruptive technologies and highlight the common ground of the two events, offering new ideas and means of collaboration for all attendees and exhibitors.

Barcelona, April 6th 2022