Highlights from the second Mobile 360 – Privacy & Security event

In partnership with the City of The Hague, the GSMA held the second successful Mobile 360 – Privacy & Security event on 23-24 May, under the theme ‘Building Digital-Oriented Businesses on Trust, Security and Privacy’. The event convened speakers and attendees from across the mobile ecosystem including, mobile operators, enterprises, government agencies, service providers, start-ups and more.

The ongoing and rapid transition of businesses in to digital enterprises has given rise to new business models. This in turn has introduced a new set of privacy and security challenges including securing and managing data, mitigating potential risks of hacks and maintaining customer trust, among many others. The conference programme explored these key issues through a series of breakfast briefings, keynotes, panel discussions and interactive workshops.

Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA, opened the conference and was joined by Deputy Mayor Saskia Bruines, Alderman, City of The Hague, and other industry leaders. The keynotes explored the increasingly complex privacy and security implications for businesses undergoing digital transformation, including consumers’ lack of trust in businesses and the complex legal environment around personal data. While experts from across industries acknowledged the growing importance of personal data as the next big currency, they stressed the importance for businesses to build resilient data systems to safeguard this data and use it responsibly. A sustainable data economy needs a new set of data ethics and this can only be achieved through increased partnerships and collaboration.

The other key topics explored at the conference were the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data. The GSMA’s IoT Security Masterclass examined the unique challenges of the IoT, including the security of low power wide area network technologies. Ian Smith, IoT Security Project Lead at the GSMA highlighted the importance of a flexible security framework to accommodate the diversity of the IoT market. The conference sessions also highlighted the diverse opportunities and challenges presented by big data. Experts from CaicaBank, ElevenPaths, Ericsson and IBM shared best practises in collecting, storing, securing and processing big data while mitigating possible risks.

In addition to keynotes and conference sessions, the event also featured three industry-focused workshops on telecoms, banking and insurance. The telecoms workshop examined why mobile operators should consider the implications of new European directives on mobile network and information systems security. The insurance workshop looked at the growing threat of cyber risks and the demand for cyber insurance services. The banking workshop explored the challenges and opportunities faced by fintech start-ups and partnering organisations negotiating through the varied landscape of payment authentication means.

The start-up showcase at the Mobile 360 Series – Privacy & Security event demonstrated the latest innovations within the mobile, IoT, privacy, and cybersecurity sphere. Participants included Absio, Cybersprint, Storro and X-Systems.

View photos from the event here.

Next on the Mobile 360 Series calendar is the Mobile 360 Africa event, taking place in Dar es Salaam on 11-13 July. The event will explore how, by putting mobile connectivity at the forefront of national digital strategies, African leaders can leverage the power of mobile to build smart communities and make a digital Africa inclusive for all. Registration for Mobile 360 – Africa is now open here.

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