Plenary Lecture

Building Cyber Trust for Functions Vital to Society

Professor Jyri Rajamäki
Laurea University of Applied Sciences

Abstract: Functions vital to society, such as critical infrastructure protection, healthcare and public protection and disaster relief, are increasingly dependent on networks, electricity and data processing infrastructure. Incidents such as natural hazards, infectious disease epidemics and organized crime do not respect national boundaries. As a consequence, there is an increased need for European collaboration and information sharing related to critical communications and information exchange technologies and procedures. However, “trust” could be seen as the most important issue with regard to multi-agency cooperation. Cyber security should be seen as a key enabler for the development and maintenance of trust in the digital world. It is important to complement the currently dominating “cyber security as a barrier” perspective by emphasizing the role of “cyber security as an enabler” of new interactions and services - and recognizing that trust is a positive driver for growth. Functions vital to society are becoming more and more dependent on unpredictable cyber risks. Everywhere present computing means that organizations ensuring functions vital to society do not know when they are using dependable devices or services and there are chain reactions of unpredictable risks. If cyber security risks are not made ready, these organizations will face severe disasters over time. Investing in systems that improve confidence and trust can significantly reduce costs and improve the speed of interaction. From this perspective, cyber security should be seen as a key enabler for the development and maintenance of trust in the digital world.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Jyri K. Rajamäki is currently a Principal Lecturer in Information Technology at Laurea University of Applied Sciences (UAS), Finland. He is an Adjunct Professor of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Security at the University of Jyväskylä. Dr. Rajamäki worked ten years (1986-1996) for Telecom Finland, main tasks being uninterruptible power supplies, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and electromagnetic pulse protection. From 1996 to 2006, Dr. Rajamäki acted as Senior/Chief Engineer for Safety Technology Authority of Finland where his main assignment was to make the Finnish market ready for the European EMC Directive. Dr. Rajamäki was 17 years the secretary or a member of Finnish national standardization committee on EMC, and he represented 15 years Finland at IEC, CISPR, CENELEC and ETSI EMC meetings. He was the Chairman of Finnish Advisory Committee on EMC from 1996 to 2006. Since 2006, Dr. Rajamäki has been the head of Data Networks Lab of Laurea UAS. Dr. Rajamäki has been the scientist in charge, national coordinator and scientific supervisor for several national and European research projects. For the European Research Area he has acted as the evaluator of the projects. He is currently an advisor board member of the HARMONISE (A Holistic Approach to Resilience and Systematic Actions to Make Large Scale Built Infrastructure Secure) FP7 Project. His current research interests are resilient cyber-physical systems, and overall governance (generation, transmission, storage, processing, sharing, collective use, deletion) of safety critical and/or classified information. Dr. Rajamäki has authored more than 150 scientific publications. Dr. Rajamäki holds M.Sc. degree (1991) in electrical engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, Lic.Sc. (2000) and D.Sc. (2002) degrees in electrical and communications engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, and PhD degree (2014) in mathematical information technology from University of Jyväskylä.

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