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SnT on Stage at ICT Spring 2020

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Published on Friday, 18 September 2020

Earlier this week SnT’s experts were featured in the speaker line-up of ICT Spring 2020 in Luxembourg - an event that gathers business decisions makers, innovation managers, startups, researchers and venture capitalists from all over Europe.

ICT Spring covers the whole gamut of technology topics, including FinTech, Space and Cybersecurity - the focus subjects of our featured experts. The event is structured in various summits and side events, such as the Space Forum and European Security Forum

Our Professor Symeon Chatzinotas, Co-Head of the SIGCOM Research Group, was the keynote speaker at the Space Forum. During his talk on "Satellite Communications in the 5G Era", he gave an overview on the opportunities and challenges for the SatCom industry in the 5G roll-out.

Symeon discussed the latest evolutions in the industry, and what 5G means for the sector. He went into detail on how different system architectures will integrate with 5G in the coming roll-out, including small sats, large Low-Earth Orbits, Multi-Orbit constellations.

As more and more data needs to be communicated, 5G represents a unique opportunity for serving new verticals and creating economies of scale in the SatCom area. 5G is also bringing new technologies on the market that can support open, interoperable and scalable systems.

Meanwhile, at the European Security Forum Prof. Gabriele Lenzini, Head of the IRiSC research group, joined a round table discussion. The forum brings together renowned experts on the topics of cybersecurity and data protection. During the panel "EU Cybersecurity Act and the implementation of the NIS Directive", Gabriele spoke about the evolutions of the EU cybersecurity regulatory landscape.

The group addressed a number of interesting questions, including:

  • Did the NIS directive reach its objective of "Achieving and maintaining a high level of security and network and information systems"?
  • Information exchange and sharing is a significant factor to improve readiness and reaction time to incidents. Is collaboration really happening? 
  • Can the legal framework and all the current directives be a real brake on the development of cybercrime?

On the second day, Dr. Robert Norvill discussed the topic of “Digital Identity as a Fintech enabler” together with Eric Weber, Project Officer at the Ministry for Digitalisation, and Frank Roessig, Head Digital Solutions for Finance at Telindus.

They focused on how the next few years will see accelerated evolutionary changes in the field of secure digital ID, causing changes for financial institutions and the customers they serve. Dr. Norvill’s recent research has focused on Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations. As part of this he developed a blockchain-based data sharing project together with the ABBL. In this context, digital ID could be beneficial for banks as it would reduce frictions and costs.