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18: How the lack of IT and network security threatens the European digital economy

Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

Digitisation is a controversial phenomenon in which network and IT security play an important role. What types of cooperation are required at the European level to ensure IT and network security for the European Union s digital single market in order to handle digital conflicts?

Head of Strategy, Europol EC3 - European Cyber Crime Centre, The Hague
Bestselling Author and Pioneering Thinker, Vienna
Member of the Managing Board, Fabasoft AG, Linz
Vice President, Swiss Cyber Experts; Program chair, Swiss Cyberstorm Conference; Partner,, Bern Chair

Dr. Philipp AMANN

Head of Strategy, Europol EC3 - European Cyber Crime Centre, The Hague

1996 Master, Computer Science and Economics, University of Vienna
2004 PhD, Business informatics, information management, University of Vienna
1999-2005 Information System Specialist, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
2005-2007 Information Officer, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
2007-2009 Section Head, OPCW - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
2009-2014 Information Management Officer, Technical Focal Point for Cybercrime, OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
2012-2014 MSc in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation, University College Dublin
since 2014 Head of Strategy, EC3 - European Cybercrime Center, Europol


Bestselling Author and Pioneering Thinker, Vienna

 Marc Elsberg was born in Vienna in 1967. He was a columnist for the Austrian daily »Der Standard« as well as a strategy consultant and creative director for advertising in Vienna and Hamburg. In 2012 he made the breakthrough with his techno-thriller Blackout and he was awarded, among other things, with the prize for the Knowledge Book of the Year. His meticulously researched and enthralling written science thriller about the effects of a total power failure in Europe dominated for months the bestseller lists. In his thriller Zero, with the power of digital algorithms and the rise of big data, he once again picks up a hot topic that profoundly changes our way of seeing ourselves in the 21st century. His third book, Helix, was released in 2016, followed by Gier in 2019. Marc Elsberg lives and works in Vienna.

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Helmut FALLMANN

Member of the Managing Board, Fabasoft AG, Linz

1984-2005 Master of Computer Science, Johannes Kepler University, Linz
since 1988 Co-Founder and member of the Managing Board, Fabasoft AG, Linz
1989-1995 Digital Corporation, Digital Linkworks
2005-2012 Postgraduate Professional Education: General Management Seminar for Executives, Marketing Program St.Gallen; Leadership-Week Boston; Finance-Week London; Executive School St. Gallen
since 2013 Collaboration, Cloud Select Industry Group on Code of Conduct, Digital Agenda for Europe, A Europe 2020 Initiative
since 2014 Advisory Board Member, IT-Cluster Upper Austria
Participant, Political Innovation think tank Re:think Austria, European Forum Alpbach
since 2016 Member, Official Contact of Fabasoft AG in the ETSI - European Telecommunications Standards Institute
Management Board Member, Federation of Austrian Industry, Upper Austria
President, Managing Board of the "Talente OÖ" Society (Upper Austrian Talents)

Dr. phil. Christian FOLINI

Vice President, Swiss Cyber Experts; Program chair, Swiss Cyberstorm Conference; Partner,, Bern

1999-2004 International delegate, Swiss association of History and Informatics
2003-2008 Junior Consultant,, Bern
2004 PhD, medieval history about the social life of female Dominican monasteries
2008-2015 Senior consultant,, Bern
since 2015 Partner,, Bern

Economic Symposium

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
12:00 - 12:30OpeningPlenary
12:30 - 13:30Conflict or cooperation? The human factor in the economyPlenary
13:30 - 14:15Meet the Speaker: Alex ‘Sandy’ PentlandPlenary
13:30 - 14:15Meet the Speaker: Ernst FehrPlenary
14:15 - 15:45Business 2050: Europe’s search for the competitive edgePlenary
16:30 - 18:00ecoplus and “So schmeckt Niederösterreich” Lower Austria EveningSocial
18:00 - 20:00The Alpbach Debate: globalisation and free tradePlenary


06:00 - 07:0017th management club Business BreakfastPartner
06:45 - 09:30Talk on the Mountain: Decide! Quickly! And correctly!Partner
07:00 - 08:30Artificial intelligence and the future of workPlenary
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: Basic income or welfare state?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 02: Low productivity growth despite the digital revolution? Lessons for EuropeBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: Competition boosts business. Cooperation spurs prices?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: The machine colleague – friend or foe?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 05: Climate protection & economy. (No) contradiction?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: Foreign direct investments – curse or blessing?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: Leadership in complex times: doing the splits between conflict and cooperationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 08: Business location vs. intact environment – an irresolvable conflict?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: “The power of we”: conflict and cooperation between men and women in the economyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 10: It’s the innovation, stupid! How to become a successful entrepreneur in the digital ageBreakout
11:30 - 13:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 11: International trade: cooperation vs. autonomyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 12: The social partnership: There’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend!Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 13: Talking climate: irritation and innovation engine for economy and societyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 14: Homo faber digitalis: the working (wo)man in the global digital marketBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 15: Cooperation vs. competition: economic policy in the EUBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 16: Trends and counter-trends – conflict and cooperation in the economyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 17: Jailhouse rocks? Or wouldn’t it be better to break out of the prisoner’s dilemma altogether?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 18: How the lack of IT and network security threatens the European digital economyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 19: Conflict through cooperation: legal liability for human rights abuses in global supply chainsBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 20: There can only be one? Revisiting corporate successionBreakout
16:00 - 17:30Don’t confuse trying with doing!Plenary
17:00 - 18:30Fireside Talk: Minimum wage – curse or blessing?Partner


Magenta NightSocial


06:00 - 08:30Alpbach Hike: resources – from conflict potential to potential innovationPlenary
06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubPartner
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” BreakfastPartner
08:45 - 09:45We have learned nothing from the crisis!Plenary
09:45 - 10:30Conflict and cooperation in the social partnershipPlenary
14:30 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner