The frequency and sophistication of cyber-attacks is increasing rapidly. And while we often hear about cybercrime in the financial world or at the level of nation-states, industry also represents a prime target. Because everything is now interconnected with Industry 4.0. In an international study conducted in 2020 by Fortinet (a specialist in cybersecurity solutions and services), 58 % of large industrial companies report having experienced a security breach in their IoT systems in the past year. For its part, security specialist Kaspersky reports in a 2020 study that 93% of companies believe their cybersecurity strategy is inadequate.
Similarly, the Ponemon Institute's independent study states that 61% of companies say that outdated IoT systems were the biggest barrier to reducing cyber risk. Finally, a study by the trade association Agoria of 77 Belgian manufacturing companies shows that 55% of respondents say they are not using or considering any standards for IoT cybersecurity.
He concludes that "the IoT environment is very technologically vulnerable" and that "manufacturing companies are generally not able to adequately respond to and quickly recover from an IoT cyber incident."
In manufacturing companies, IT and OT networks are increasingly merging as a result of digital transformation.
This convergence between IT and OT induces the need to integrate equipment such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs), industrial control systems (ICS), the industrial internet of things (IIoT), control and data acquisition systems (SCADA) and distributed control systems (DCS).
The Industrial Cybersec Forum is aimed at specialists in information and communication technologies as well as those responsible for the operation and security of industrial environments to enable them to learn about the latest technological developments. The Van der Valk Hotel in Nivelles South offers super-equipped conference rooms, a 500 m2 space for sponsors and a large parking lot.
Boasting nearly 30 years of experience as professional event organiser, Mark-Com Event stages conferences and business meetings allowing professionals from both public and private digital sectors (IT, Telecom, Innovation) to get together in Europe or North Africa. Theses conference days allow international groups, solution and technology providers, manufacturers and distributors, as well as trade associations and public administrations to create collective emulation and to find business opportunities.
Mark-Com Event has created the ICT Management fair that has been taking place since 2009 in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Côte d'Ivoire. The company also organised Big Data Convention and Cloud Computing Forum events in Belgium and Luxembourg.
For several years now, Mark-Com Event has taken a close interest in the world of internet of things and the mobile applications as they retrace the contours of a new era of computing.
In 2018, more specific events such as AI Convention Europe, Business Continuity Convention, DPO Forum, ICT Infra, and Security Forum were successfully developed in Belgium.
For this reason, in 2022, Mark-Com Event has decided to expand to France and Africa with the DPO Forum, Security Forum and Data Center Forum Africa and in 2023, the first Industrial Cybersec Forum.
Our events combine specialised conferences mainly dedicated to B2B and meeting for business networking. These exceptional days follow the many events already organised by our agency in the IT, telecom and network sector, whether they take place in Belgium, France, Luxembourg or North Africa.