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May 16 2018

Internet Security Days 2018: Worth a Visit

Every spring, organizers and event planners from Berlin, Cologne and Hanover start running ads and sending out invitations for the annual Internet Security Days – by its own description the leading conference on cybersecurity and related topics in Germany. Since its inception in 2003, the event – which is hosted by Germany's eco Association of the Internet Industry and the publishing house Heinz Heise, which is renowned for its roster of IT publications and news services – has served as some sort of one-stop shop for C-level executives from all industries who wish to learn about the latest trends, cast a glance at protective software and service offerings, or discuss practical implications of legal frameworks for privacy protection.

The Internet Security Days 2018 are no exception to the rule: This year's agenda focuses on four key aspects that tend to shape the online lives of billions of users as well as millions of companies' web offerings – namely cybercrime, future and emerging Internet technologies, legal and regulatory requirements, and a collection of tips, tricks and best practices that could help to thwart attacks altogether or at least mitigate possible risks. Aside from various keynotes, lectures and panel discussions, the program also comprises a number of two-hour workshops that are supposed to provide some deeper insights and prompt substantive discussions in a more private setting. Topics include Windows security, social engineering, compliance management in the age of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, IT forensics, and the use of gamification concepts to raise security awareness. Since this is a German event, the 'official' language is also German; however, English speakers are always welcome and generally well-received – both as attendees and lecturers.

The Internet Security Days 2018 will take place on September 20 and 21, 2018, at the Phantasialand theme park in Brühl near Cologne, which is also home to various conference centers. Standard tickets cost €589 apiece, whereas the early bird variant only sets you back €249. Potential visitors who are short on time may also sign up for a single workshop, at an admission fee of €149. In all of these cases, overnight accommodation is not included. The official ticket shop is here; international guests who don't read and write German may prefer sending an email or placing a call, the contact details are available on the same page if you click the "Kontakt" button.


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