Dr. Paul Timmers, Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity at the European Commission's Directorate-General CONNECT, also referred to the wide range of hacker activities that made it necessary to design a suitable security system. The EU top official saw it as a challenge for European industry to take initiatives to deal with the "Internet of Things".
Ansgar Hinz, CEO of VDE, emphasized that awareness of data security and data protection had to be sharpened in society and business: "Cyber security must become an integral part of day-to-day activities.” The world of data might not grow more complicated, but it was becoming more complex. The task was therefore to manage complexity and to establish common standards for different security levels.
Dr. Paul Rübig, Member of the European Parliament, also spoke out in favour of a determined European approach and safety precautions that could be used in all applications wherever possible. The Austrian referred to the need for research and consulting on how to treat the new technologies politically and legally.
At the moment Europe could not shape solutions for data security but could simply agree to or reject offers from America, Russia or Asia. Therefore, the experts agreed on the demand not to wait for external data security networks, but to take European action.
The lively discussion was followed closely by more than 130 interested participants.