International Cyber Operations Symposium No. 4 (10th October 2018, Bonn, Germany)



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Keynote Speaker Politics - Dr. Peter TAUBER, State Secretary of Defence Germany

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Keynote Speaker Military

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Keynote Speaker Business - Mr Bosco NOVAK, Rohde & Schwarz

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"Addressing Cyber Threats with Security by Design”

Identify – Protect – Detect – Respond – Restore. Digital sovereignty requires full control of data and communications assets in the pivotal information domains. With increasingly globally interconnected communications networks, the focus is expanding from “How can we protect ourselves?” to “We know that incidents will happen - How fast can we respond and restore?”

These questions apply to governmental organizations and industry alike. Robust and transparent cooperation with trusted technology partners enable sovereignty in the digital age.  “Security by design” – “Resilience by architecture” – “Managing a trusted value chain” are industry’s cornerstones for cybersecurity – and they reach far beyond technology. State-of-the-art technology solutions combined with organizational measures, process design and human factors determine the robustness, agility and efficiency of successful cyber operations.

Curriculum Vitae

Bosco Novak is member of the Executive Board at Rohde & Schwarz. He holds the global business responsibilities for the Secure Communications Division as well as the Rohde & Schwarz CyberSecurity.

Bosco joined Rohde & Schwarz after 20 years in the telecom infrastructure market, where he held various senior customer and service positions on board level at Ericsson, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN). During this time, he has enjoyed manifold executive responsibilities, shaping the communications world towards a truly networked, mobile multimedia experience.

Born in 1960, in Münster, Germany, Bosco holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the ‘Bundeswehr’ University in Munich, Germany. He served 12 years at the German Airforce, (NATO), specialised in Satellite communications. Today, he lives in Munich and is married, with three grown-up children. Bosco and his wife are keen ballroom dancers, a hobby that takes them to championships and competitions around the world.



Keynote Speaker Academia - Prof. Dr. Michael LAUSTER, Fraunhofer INT

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"Living in an Uncertain World – Information, Truth and Alternative Facts"

Information is often said to be the basic resource of the 21st century. Most processes, especially those dealing with strategic decisions, are governed by it. By using given information, we rely upon their truth as a consequence of logical reasoning. In the keynote, the advantages as well as the dangers imposed by trying to de-personalize military communication processes are shown. A procedure will be proposed increasing the robustness of strategic decisions, hardening them against the influences of alternative facts.

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Dr. Michael Lauster, born 1958 in Worms/Germany, joined the German Armed Forces in mid-1977. After his education as an officer of the Air Force in Fürstenfeldbruck he conducted studies in aeronautics and space technology at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich which he completed by the end of 1981.

During his military career he had numerous positions in flying wings, at the German Military Procurement Agency, the German Ministry of Defence and the German Air Force Logistics Command. He mainly worked in the field of development, procurement and operation of modern air systems.

During an appointment to the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich he completed his scientific education with two doctoral degrees in the engineering sciences and in statistics. Prof. Lauster taught statistics at the faculty of economics until he left the air force in parallel to his military assignments.

In September 2012 he quit service as a full colonel and was appointed professor for technology analysis and foresight at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule RWTH Aachen University. Concurrently he took over the position as director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis in Euskirchen.

In February 2014, he was elected spokesman of Fraunhofer’s Space Alliance which comprises of 15 institutes with more than 5000 employees.

Prof. Lauster is married and father of a son and two daughters.