DefCamp, the largest cybersecurity conference in Central and Eastern Europe, expands with a first spin-off edition in Cluj-Napoca, May 16-17

DefCamp, the largest cybersecurity conference in Central and Eastern Europe, is expanding, on 16-17 May 2024, for the first time to Cluj-Napoca, one of Romania’s most powerful technology hubs. DefCamp Cluj-Napoca aims to support collaboration in the cybersecurity industry so that specialists can offer the best solutions, as the number of cyber attacks has increased significantly in recent years and estimates for 2024 indicate a continuation of this trend, according to Romania-Insider.com.

According to the IBM Cost of a Data Breach 2023 report, the global average cost of a data breach in 2023 was $4.45 million, an increase of 15% in 3 years. In addition, 82% of breaches involved data stored in the cloud. The same report shows that 51% of companies plan to increase security investments as a result of a breach, including incident response (IR) planning and testing, employee training, and security threat detection and response tools.

In this context, the first DefCamp spin-off promises an environment conducive to networking and know-how sharing: DefCamp Cluj-Napoca will bring together several hundred experts and professionals from around the world who will bring new perspectives and innovative solutions to better address all infosec challenges.

The DefCamp Cluj-Napoca 2024 event is organised by the Romanian Cyber Security Research Centre Association (CCSIR), powered by Orange Romania.

„The cybersecurity community around Cluj has always been close to DefCamp. Companies have sent delegations and teams to join us at the event in Bucharest, speakers and experts who have contributed with presentations, offered advice, and initiated partnerships that span many years. Given the fast-paced business environment in Cluj-Napoca and the strong technology community here, this is one of the perfect places to complement the DefCamp event in Bucharest where, over the last 13 editions, over 12,000 attendees have crossed our threshold. DefCamp Cluj will keep the same ‘vibe’ that DefCamp has become known for in Central and Eastern Europe but will respond better to the challenges in the region”, stated Andrei Avădănei, founder of DefCamp.

Technologies based on artificial intelligence and automation will continue to have a high impact on the evolution of cyber threats this year, especially on how companies choose to manage risks. Another challenge is also brought by legislative developments such as the NIS 2 Directive and DORA, which will significantly impact organisations operating in certain essential business sectors, by including new security and reporting requirements. These are just some of the topics that will be addressed at DefCamp Cluj-Napoca. Manipulation through deepfakes, disinformation, social engineering schemes and phishing, as well as innovative solutions for managing risks in a technology-driven world, will be discussed by experts in the field, who will also share best practices in the industry.

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