CyberDay.lu: 5 years serving cyber security


As part of the activities taking place in October at the European level to promote digital security and cyber hygiene, CyberDay.lu, has been organised for the fifth consecutive year. Once again, it raises awareness and shares useful recommendations and information on how best to protect oneself and to deal with cyber threats.

On 13 October 2022, the Restena Foundation organised the fifth edition of  CyberDay.lu from Esch-Belval. After two years of hybrid organisation and face-to-face sessions reserved for BTS students from the Lycée Guillaume Kroll in Esch-sur-Alzette, Restena was once again able to welcome, in the University of Luxembourg’s premises, all those interested in cybersecurity.

More than 90 participants joined the Belval campus to attend the presentations this morning dedicated to cybersecurity for research and education. In parallel, the live streaming set up on the cyberday.lu website recorded 60 views.

Facing up to the threats

Jelena Zelenovic Matone, the President of Women Cyber Force, opened the 5th CyberDay.lu. In her talk, she highlighted the key steps to creating a cybersecurity roadmap, from exploring, discovering and prioritizing IT security risks to creating a cyber security roadmap for business resilience planning.

Then, as usual, the insights and expertise of cybersecurity specialists followed one another. This year, speakers from the Restena Foundation, BEE SECURE, GOVCERT.LU, SECURITYMADEIN.LU, Excellium and Telindus shared the stage. Thanks to them, the participants were able to (re)discover:

  • Security practices and techniques to implement on internet infrastructures, including the Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) and Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) protocols.
  • The evolution of phishing techniques over the decades and how a malicious person behind the phishing uses elements of trust to deceive its target.
  • The steps and strategies to implement - in addition to technology watch and patching - to ensure that one's IT security is protected.
  • The collection of feed of information about cyber threats and its uptake by a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution.
  • How to clean up a disk erased during an attack and, when the erasure process was interrupted by the attacker, how to recover data.

Beyond the recommendations, CyberDay.lu 2022 highlighted the new European framework to support innovation and industrial policy in the field of cybersecurity. This framework is made up of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC) and a network of national coordination centres (NCCs), represented in Luxembourg by SECURITYMADEIN.LU, since becoming the Luxembourg House of Cybersecurity.

Deepening the knowledge

In parallel to the conference, several entities took place in the exhibitor area organised for the occasion. Participants had the chance to experiment with several attack scenarios through virtual reality headsets thanks to the #Room42 VR developed by SECURITYMADEIN.LU. They could also discover the training offered by the Digital Learning Hub (DLH), a continuing professional education structure launched in the spring of 2022.

The 'Cybersecurity' section of the DLH's 2022-2023 winter catalogue also includes four training courses given by engineers from the Restena Foundation:

> The entire training catalogue is to be read at dlh.lu

Europe rallied for cybersecurity

CyberDay.lu 2022 is organised in the framework of the European CyberSecurity Month (ECSM), with celebrates its tenth year in 2022. This annual awareness campaign organised by the European Cyber Security Agency (ENISA), the European Commission and the Member States, is supported in Luxembourg by the Ministry of the Economy in the framework of the CYBERSECURITY WEEK LUXEMBOURG (CSWL) organised from 17 to 20 October 2022.

The European association GÉANT - managing the pan-European research network of which Restena is a member - is also relaying the European initiative to the research and innovation community in a campaign entitled 'A Community of Cyber Heroes'. The campaign aims at decision-makers, cybersecurity professionals, staff working at home and students and researchers. Cynthia Wagner, Security Manager and Chief Information Security Officer at Restena, shared her expertise in implementing the organisation's information security management system in an article entitled 'Turn on the light on your own business'.

>> The GÉANT Association's campaign can be found at https://connect.geant.org/csm2022