Security Essen 2018 Preview

Leading Fair for Civil Security Focuses on Cyber Security

From September 25 to 28, 2018, Security Essen will become the meeting place of the international security and fire prevention sectors. The leading event will take place on Messe Essen's modernised site for the first time, organised in a way appropriate for the market in six subject areas. In this respect, Security Essen will set standards with targeted focusing on digital security. Exhibitors from the Cyber Security and Economic Security area will present their solutions in their own fair hall. In top-class conferences, experts will also pass on their knowledge relating to all aspects of this challenge which is becoming ever more urgent. For example, the Cyber Security Conference will be one new event.

Digital security technology is bringing more comfort but, at the same time, companies are making themselves vulnerable to attacks by hackers and data thieves. The damage caused by successful cyber attacks is considerable. The sectoral association dealing with IT crime, Bitkom, estimates that the total damage caused by IT-assisted crime in Germany amounted to around Euro 55 billion in 2017, with an upward tendency (+8 percent).

The new Cyber Security Conference at Security Essen in Hall 8 will deal with these problems and will concentrate on transferring knowledge and exchanging experience on all four days of Security Essen. It is planned to include contributions which, in a form close to practice, will deal with situations relating to all aspects of digital security in the subject areas of "Chances & Risks of Cyber Security", "Connected Building - Security in the Building of the Future" as well as "Digital Possibilities for Identification".

Information Technology Plays a Central Role in Security Solutions

According to surveys by the IT insurer Hiscox, one successful cyber attack in Germany causes damage amounting to an average of Euro 46,000 per SME and Euro 342,000 in companies with more than 1,000 employees. In many cases, the damage may even run into the millions, right up to jeopardising their existence. One important aspect of the Cyber Security Conference will be to use examples in order to highlight how security suppliers can ensure that their solutions do not include any potentially dangerous weak spots.

Many exhibitors at Security Essen 2018 will offer security solutions in which information technology plays a central role. Surveillance, analysis, communication and documentation are no longer conceivable without microprocessors, without software support and without network connection. Correspondingly, a lot of suppliers of classic security solutions are also focusing on the subject of cyber security. Not only with regard to their solutions offered to the customers but also in their own interests since retrofitting requirements (e.g. because surveillance cameras are easy to hijack, hotel locking systems can be outsmarted or alarm systems can be sabotaged) are bad for their image and, in most cases, for the company results too.

Non-Stop Lecture Programme on All Security Subjects

At the Public Security Forum in Hall 8, the visitors will experience digital security technologies for public spaces from the areas of sensors/IoT, cyber security and surveillance. The products and the solutions will be installed in four different building scenarios (town hall, school, hospital and library) and it will be possible to test them extensively. The target group will consist of, in particular, municipal decision takers and planners of public spaces. Lectures and discussions will make the Public Security Forum complete.

At the Security Experts Forum in Hall 2, a continuous programme with more than 90 presentations will take place during the entire period of the fair. There, visitors will obtain information and solution ideas about all six subject worlds at the fair: Services, Access, Mechatronics, Mechanics and Systems, Video, Fire, Intrusion and Systems, Perimeter Protection as well as Cyber Security and Economic Security. The programme will start with an exciting keynote lecture every morning and will finish with a live demonstration in the evening.

Premiere for the Career Forum

Security Essen's Career Forum will be held for the first time on the first day of the fair, i.e. on September 25. In Hall 1, retrainees, students, trainees and graduates will encounter companies from the security industry. This Career Forum will concentrate exclusively on occupational fields and career opportunities in the security sector. In this way, targeted and professional communication will be established between companies and job applicants. The Career Forum will be the ideal place to make contacts, develop networks or fill actual vacancies.

Informed at All Times

Security Essen will offer all the visitors a helpful app which will make their visits to the fair even more efficient. Amongst other features, it will include the latest list of exhibitors with booth numbers and contact data, an overview of the supporting programme as well as a hall plan for better orientation. Two weeks before the event, the app will be available for downloading free of charge from the Google Play Store (Android) or the Apple App Store (iOS).

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