Against the background of the war in Ukraine and the aftermath of the corona pandemic, critical infrastructures are facing major challenges. This includes imminent bottlenecks in energy supply as well as disrupted supply chains and an increasing number of cyber attacks. These and many other important topics related to the protection of critical infrastructures are addressed by protekt (2nd to 3rd November 2022 in Leipzig). The established conference brings together experts from all over Germany, imparts up-to-date know-how and promotes cross-sectoral exchange. Nancy Faeser, the Federal Minister of the Interior and Homeland, and Thomas Popp, Saxon State Secretary for Administrative Modernization and Digital Administration, have taken over the patronage.


protekt is the only conference in Germany that fully illuminates the protection of critical infrastructures. It addresses IT security and physical protection in equal measure. With its concept of lectures, workshops and discussion rounds as well as accompanying exhibitions and diverse networking opportunities, it has established itself in recent years as an important meeting place for KRITIS operators and the security industry. Austria is now also part of the catchment area.


Conference program: Well-known experts, current topics and accompanying exhibition


The top-class conference program of protekt brings together well-known speakers who devote themselves to current topics and best practice examples, lead through interactive workshops and share their expertise in round table discussions. Cross-thematic plenary lectures go hand in hand with in-depth lectures in the parallel tracks IT security and physical protection.


The keynote by Arne Schönbohm, President of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), is eagerly awaited. It will provide interesting insights into the role of the BSI in the cyber security of critical infrastructures. Christian Reuter, Secretary General and Chairman of the Board of the German Red Cross (DRC), reports on “Resilient infrastructures in times of crises and disasters.” The second day of the conference begins on the podium with a round table of well-known experts on the explosive topic of security of supply. Afterwards, Prof. Dr. Marcus Wiens from the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg in his lecture on how a food emergency supply can succeed through a public-private partnership.


The large topic of cybersecurity is illuminated from various sides. The conference participants will get to know best practices for detecting and defending targeted attacks, among other things, as well as in the lecture by Harald Wenisch, spokesman for the Experts Group IT Security of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, on forensics in the event of major damage caused by cybercrime and cyberwar. Two experts from economic protection in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia inform about the latest methods of espionage, sabotage and cyber attacks. In addition, the focus is on the topic of shortage of skilled workers in critical infrastructures.


A new focus of protekt’s content is the complex of funding projects, funding and funding advice. “The perfect project outline – presentation of the security research program and instructions for project submission” is the title of a half-day workshop by Dr. Christian Fenster, technology consultant at the VDI Technology Center. In addition, current funding projects related to KRITIS will be presented in a small exhibition. On the second day of the conference, a special workshop will also take place on current topics and solutions for municipal decision-makers.


In the accompanying exhibition of protekt, eight premium partners present their products and services, which are specifically oriented to the needs of critical infrastructures. Among others, Myra Security is represented as a specialist provider of digital security, the consulting service provider TTS Trusted Technologies and Solutions and the German Red Cross (DRC).


Already on the 1st November, the day before the protekt, interested participants are invited to an excursion to Leipzig/Halle Airport to get an exciting insight “behind the scenes” here.


Top-class support from patrons, sponsors and partners


The high importance of protekt is demonstrated by its prominent patrons. The Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland and Thomas Popp (Saxon State Secretary for Administrative Modernization and Digital Administration, member of the Saxon State Government) have taken over the patronages. Both will enrich the protekt with keynotes on the first day of the event. “Critical infrastructures are fundamental to the functioning of our society. The ongoing crisis mode must not wear us down. We must tirelessly better protect KRITIS and at the same time be prepared for the emergency of a successful attack. At the protekt we do something like pioneering work. Here we set the topics and the tone with which the protection of KRITIS will be discussed in the future and how it will be acted. After the 2021 visitor record, I hope again this year for a face-to-face event with a lot of insight, good discussions and opportunities for new cooperations,” explains Thomas Popp.


protekt is supported by a competent partner network. The Federal Association for the Protection of Critical Infrastructures (BSKI), the Association for Security Technology (VfS), the Federal Association Alliance for Security in Business (ASW) and the specialist information service provider Datakontext GmbH act as ideal carriers. protekt has been the forum for the protection of critical infrastructures in Germany for many years. Natural disasters such as the flood on the Ahr, the consequences of the pandemic and the Ukraine war show how vulnerable our security of supply is. This makes it all the more important to bring together operators of critical infrastructures with representatives of the authorities and industry, to design risk scenarios and to develop security strategies. This is what protekt in Leipzig stands for,” says Holger Berens, Chairman of the Board of Management of the BSKI.


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