Astrid Fodor Interim Mayor of Sibiu

Astrid Fodor
Interim Mayor of Sibiu

The fact that Sibiu is now set on the world map as one of the very rare medium-size cities hosting a major international congress devoted to Informatics Security, and, moreover one of the few ones being a real public-private dialogue platform, is an honor for our city.

After the success of the two precedent editions, the third one continues to show an impressive speakers’ panel, with equal representativeness of the private sector and from of the national and international public institutions. It is an honor for Sibiu that so many highly ranked state representatives and top international experts from such a number of countries gathered in one event and for one single aim.

Moreover, for the first time, the congress opens its door to the general public, through a week-long innovation fair including, besides top companies, stands informing every citizen about State services available when needed as well as NGOs and Professional associations in this very crucial field. Above all, the full day of awareness-raising shows dedicated to our entrepreneurs, our children, our teenagers and our citizens is not only the biggest ever done in Romania, but will highly deserve the needed cause of bringing to the citizen the basics to understand the digital dangers waiting for everyone of us just around the corner, daily.

Our deepest gratitude for this amazing achievement goes to the International Telecommunication Union, which decided not only to continue providing a generous technical and logistical support to maintain the congress macro-regional, but also to offer Sibian citizens precious handbooks specially translated for the occasion by the organizers, whose energy and professionalism is no more to be proved.

Our warmest thanks go once again to H.E. Mr. Jean-Hubert Lebet, Ambassador of Switzerland to Romania, whose patronage and presence at the event, year after year, continues to ensure the neutrality and objectivity of the debates, and also to the Romanian central authorities, which seized the necessity of an open dialogue.

In Transylvania, Sibiu always played a central role as meeting point for intellectuals, scientists and scholars. Here, unnumbered ideals, ideas, discoveries were made thanks to the knowledge-sharing of goodwill men and women. Nowadays, our digital security is one of the most important challenges for our lives, and we deeply wish that in this field too, Sibiu will not only continue to be the guest of so renowned specialists, but, inspired by them, a model of cyber-smart city with cyber-smart citizens, awake and aware.

We hope every participant will feel a guest of our city, and we are sure that all of you will feel somehow to be the successors of the personalities who gathered in the very same historical places chosen for your debates, which are crucial for the society we are living in.

Astrid Fodor
Interim Mayor of Sibiu