In my capacity of Ambassador of Switzerland to Romania, I am pleased to notice that the initiative to build an efficient dialogue platform in the domain of cyber security, launched last year by the Swiss Webacademy, has reached its target.
Highly ranked Romanian State officials accepted to take part to the first congress, thus marking the importance they attach to a dialogue with the civil society in such a crucial matter. This year, not only they are back, but they are joined by many colleagues from all the key institutions in charge of the different and multiple aspects of the problem.
Not only the 2014 edition has met an increased interest, but it rallied a large public and private international support, which represents a milestone for establishing in Sibiu a yearly benchmark in the field, an objective shared by the organizers and many public and private partners from Romania and abroad.
Moreover, the attempt to bring a “Swiss concept” adapted to Romanian skills and needs, the real core of the way the congress had been thought since the beginning by the Swiss Webacademy has proved to be successful.
This essential dialogue between State and Private decision makers in an international atmosphere – a way of collaboration we are used to in Switzerland, by its traditions of consensus, federalism and neutrality – raised the interest of the highest national and global authorities in the field.
I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the International Telecommunications Union, and particularly to its Secretary-General, Hamadoun I. Touré, and to its World Coordinator for cybersecurity, Mr Marco Obiso for providing the congress with technical support and for the generous grant aimed at enlarging the circle of key-speakers to the neighboring countries.
This decision, aimed to promote the congress to the rank of a macro-regional meeting, demonstrates that Romania is one of the few EU places which can not be avoided in IT matters as it represents a very central country of a fast-growing region in this field.
I also address my warmest thanks to the whole CERT-RO team, which constant support and precious good advice to the organizers have been crucial in this new challenge. Since November 2013, month after month, the CERT-RO helped in choosing the topics, selecting international key speakers, picking and inviting the most relevant Romanian personalities, thus giving a major contribution to the way the 2014 edition was designed.
As for Switzerland, I am glad to mention, as a proof of its sustained interest for Romania and for this important congress, the presence of the Deputy Head of MELANI, the Swiss Federal Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance –, within the Swiss Federal IT Steering Unit.
In drawing, with all major public and private partners, objective conclusions of what went well and what proved less appropriate in the first edition, the organizers have planned useful new initiatives, such as a pre-congress training day for non technical decision-makers and specific, pro-active, thematic workshops moderated by the most authoritative personalities in each field.
In the constant attempt to encourage all the entrepreneurs and private decision-makers to participate in the conference, everything has been done to provide them in a simple way access to all the information they need directly from the best sources, according to a program, which will allow each participant to come back to his business with an impressive value-added knowledge.
I wish you a pleasant and productive meeting.
Ambassador of Switzerland to Romania
and Honorary President of the Swiss Webacademy