Workshop in Frankfurt, 24-25 September 2007
(special invitation only)
The rapid growth and deployment of information and communication technologies (ICTs) that we are experiencing today is having profound impact on the financial service industry. On the one hand, the ICT infrastructures over which critical financial services are being delivered are becoming ever more interconnected, open and ubiquitous, but at the same time, ever more fragile and vulnerable to failure and cyber-attacks. On the other hand, over the coming few years, it is expected that in the financial sector, the level of self-service will become significantly higher than today, with ubiquitous and mobile banking becoming strong market drivers. Industrialisation, outsourcing and number of intervening actors in the service value creation chain will further increase, changing the way financial services will be composed and delivered, while continuing to guarantee their very high-level of trustworthiness. This in turn, would require: increased readiness of service providers or banks and new levels of trust in the value chain, with severe constraints over business continuity management. And, security and privacy in both the clients and the client advisors behaviour will be a key success factor for banking and more broadly, for the financial industry.
In view of the above, the aim of this specific workshop is to provide a platform for a structured strategic dialogue between stakeholders from the financial industry and distinguished experts from ICT security and trust. The focus will be on:
The workshop will address issues that span beyond a single financial institution or national market. It will address specifically cross boarder and multi member state issues and correlations which may impact or destabilize critical ICT-based financial infrastructures of the European economy.
The expected workshop outcomes are twofold:
The workshop will benefit from similar work that was initiated by the European Commission in the ICT and energy sector (the CIIRCO research action – see the European Research Agenda it delivered on critical information infrastructure protection available on: http://www.ci2rco.org/downloadMaterial/IST-2004-15818%20-%20D12%20(Final).pdf .
Henning Arendt @bc®, Prof. Bernhard Haemmerli, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Acris GmbH
last update: 19.07.2007