We want to secure Switzerland and its
Businesses from toughest Cyber Threats.

The focus of the 13. event will be again on attacks against large companies, organisations and nations.

This event edition will focus on three topics:
Spectre and Meltdown, APT and Blockchain security and privacy issues.

  • Spectre and Meltdown: latest threat situation and actions to be taken
  • An advanced persistent threat (APT) is a network attack in which an unauthorized person gains access to a network and stays there undetected for a long period of time.
    The intention of an APT attack is to steal data rather than to cause damage to the network or organization. APT attacks target organizations in sectors with high-value information, such as national defense, manufacturing and the financial industry.
  • Blockchain is an – supposedly – incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.
    What are Blockchain security and privacy issues and limitations and possible attack scenarios though?

Feedback from attendees

"I have never seen such a large concentration of excellent presentations; and exciting selection of subjects."
(Thomas Schwyzer, Executive Director Security, UBS)

"Not only the speakers play in the top league but also among the audience you find outstanding experts from large Swiss corporations and organisations."
(Dr. Serge Droz, Vice President, SWITCH)

"As a presenter, I was impressed by the caliber of the attendees and the depth of the discussions throughout the day."
(Dr. Robert Griffin, Chief Security Architect, RSA)

Who should attend

  • Compliance, governance, risk managers from large organizations
  • CISO, CIO, COO, CTO office
  • Government advisors & experts
  • IT infrastructure & operations experts
  • IT security & investigations managers

Event Location Last event

This event is organized by:

Au Premier

Bahnhofplatz 15,
8001 Zürich


  • 13:30
    Spectre and Meltdown:
    latest threat situation and actions to be taken
    presented by Dr. Lukas Ruf, Consecom

    Security researchers have recently uncovered security issues known as Meltdown and Spectre. These issues apply to all modern processors and allow attackers to gain read access to parts of memory that were meant to be secret.

    What is the current threat situation and how you should act is discussed in this presentation.

  • APT - Solutions

    Various vendors will explain their products and approaches.

  • Rethink your Security Approach to be ready for the Future
    presented by Jörn Dierks, Security & Public Cloud Business Lines , F5 Networks

    In this presentation, we will review the past, the present and the future for security and you will learn about how to think differently and migrate your security approach from a network perimeter topic to an application services discussion.

    With this view, you can improve your security approach to be fit for the future, especially when thinking about Public Cloud and Multi-Cloud scenarios.

    The speaker will also introduce the concept and philosophy behind Multi-Cloud-Application-Services (MCAS) and how you can benefit.

  • Blockchain Applications and Security
    presented by Karl Wuest, ETH Zürich

    This talk will explore questions and current research related to use cases and applications of blockchain technology.

    Do you need a Blockchain? What security guarantees can a blockchain give us?

    How can Smart Contracts receive information about the real world?

  • Deception 2.0
    presented by Ram Varadarajan, Acalvio

    "Traditional network and endpoint prevention technologies offer too little, too late. Big data security analytics solutions require too many resources and generate too many false positives.

    Deception 2.0 helps you quickly and accurately detect true positive security events inside your network. Engage and delay attackers from valuable production assets. Use path analysis to profile them and prioritize hunting and proactive remediation efforts." - Acalvio

  • Why the next security engineer you hire, might be an AI
    presented by Gregory Cardiet, Systems Engineer Manager EMEA, Vectra Networks

    Attackers operate undetected inside organisations for a median of 99 days but obtain admin credentials within just 3 days.
    We must hunt active attacks and accelerate incident response, yet are often constrained by a lack of necessary human resources and skills.

    We’ll explore why the automation of cybersecurity is increasingly required, how and where AI can create significant value to manage business cyber risk.
    Finally, we’ll leave you with a frame work of questions to enable you to identity opportunities to benefit from AI powered security operations, and how to evaluate such technologies.

  • Exhibition & Networking & Apéro
    • Acalvio
    • Consecom
    • ETH Zürich
    • F5 Networks
    • Vectra Networks
    • WIRD
    • ...



Dr. Lukas Ruf

Dr. Lukas Ruf is founder and CEO of Consecom AG.

Consecom is specialized in Strategic ICT Security Consulting, and offers support by concept (design), implementation and review (security testing, reviewing and auditing) services.

Lukas completed his master and Ph.D. studies the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in electrical engineering.

For more than two decades, he has been working as a consultant, architect and auditor in the areas of governance and organization, processes, and technology.

Among others, he is a well-known specialist for end-to-end security, identity and access management as well as information security management.

Ralf Haller

Ralf Haller's 20 year IT career has spanned various marketing and business development roles, based on his training as an electrical engineer and masters in Telecommunication Systems (Karlsruhe Technology Institute).

His career started while at university, when he took an assistant role in the USA. Later, he excelled as an IT project manager for large key account clients at CompuNet in Munich and also worked in Hong Kong supporting the Asian region.

This prompted his move to Silicon Valley where he lived for many years, working as a Product Manager for successful startups building datacommunication equipment.

Since 2001, Ralf provides product marketing support and has organised specialist IT events in Switzerland that explore current IT trends and introduce the Swiss market to new and pioneering technologies from Silicon Valley.

Owing to his strong links with Silicon Valley, the Swiss cantons rely on him as a valued advisor for fresh and exciting startup activities emerging from there.

Ralf is also the organizer of international high-tech, innovation, entrepreneurship and business events in Switzerland, among them:

He is also founder of the first High-Tech Connect Suisse association encouraging high-tech business development.

Ralf teaches at the Swiss-American university in Lugano the course Global Innovation Ecosystems.

In his free time he loves spending high-quality time with his family, and doing fitness sports and intelligence training to keep fit physically and mentally. He is eager and open to always try out new things.

Karl Wuest

Karl is currently a research assistant and PhD Student in the System Security Group at ETH Zurich.

He holds a Masters Degree from ETH Zurich in Computer Science with a focus on Information Security.

His main research interest is blockchain technology, with a focus on security and privacy.

Jörn Dierks

Jörn Dierks is responsible for the Security and Public Cloud Business Lines in the DACH region at F5 Networks. Major goals in his current role include providing business-relevant security and cloud expertise to both customers and partners by understanding business needs, mapping these to security risks, operational goals and consumption models and enabling go-forward action plans covering people, process and technology.

Prior to joining F5, after finishing his studies of computer science at the University of Hamburg, Germany, Jörn started his career in Information Security 15+ years ago. In a technical role, he was responsible for the security business at McAfee, most specifically firewalls, encryption and intrusion detection technologies. In 2003, Jörn joined NetIQ to drive security business both in the DACH as well as in the EMEA region. After NetIQ’s acquisition of Novell in 2009, his overall responsibility to drive the security brand and business development activities covered a range of technologies, including Identity & Access Management, Security Information & Event Management (SIEM) and Security Configuration & Vulnerability Management.

During all of his career in Information Security, Jörn consulted numerous customers and partners on security trends and strategies to secure business critical applications, not only with given technology, but also with best practices around implementation and architecture, business fit and general security policies and processes. Latest topics of discussion include the IT Security Law in Germany and GDPR in Europe, as well as business-critical topics like Industry 4.0 and the Digital Transformation, Public Cloud adoption and strategies, security in the cloud, and Multi-Cloud Application Services.

Gregory Cardiet

Gregory Cardiet is IT Security Engineer at Vectra and has many years of experience in designing security solutions for enterprise organizations.

Gregory’s pragmatic approach to security design sees him delivering proof-of-concepts evaluations and the implementation of Vectra’s AI based security solution to automate the hunt for cyber attackers and automated incident response.

Prior to joining Vectra, Gregory was responsible for the deployment of NAC solutions across EMEA at Aruba. He has a deep knowledge in authentication, wireless and network access management systems.

Ram Varadarajan

Ram Varadarajan is co-Founder and CEO of Acalvio Technologies, an innovator in advanced threat defense solutions.

Marquee Silicon Valley VCs (Accel, Ignition) and Tech Leaders (Google and Splunk) are investors in Acalvio.

Acalvio's products are based on seminal inventions in Deception technology and AI.

An entrepreneur for over 25 years, Ram was the founder and CEO of Arcot Systems, which co-invented the most widely deployed ecommerce security solutions “Verified by Visa” and “MasterCard SecureCode” and ArcotIDs the first software-based two-factor authentication solution.

Arcot was acquired by CA Technologies.

Ram subsequently served as SVP and GM at CA, and established both the company’s New Business Innovation unit and its Silicon Valley R&D center.

Prior to founding Arcot, Ram held senior R&D positions at Informix, where he built the first NSA-certified secure RDBMS, and the industry’s fastest (TPC-C) RDBMS.

Ram is an author on over a dozen patents.

Ram holds a B.Tech. from the IIT Bombay, and MS from Louisiana State University.

He serves on the boards of multiple Silicon Valley start-ups, and has also been a servant of the sport of cricket, having established the New Inning Foundation to support youth cricket in the US.

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