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Cyber issues are crucial in different sectors– first Laurea Cyber Morning event gathered over 150 participants

As part of ECHO project, Laurea organised its first multi-actor Cyber Morning with the aim to raise awareness around key topics of cybersecurity.

Kirsi Hyttinen

The purpose of the event was also to provide a platform for networking with key actors and stakeholders. In total, five speakers gave their views on cyber domain.

“Since the challenges and solutions of cyber issues are so complex, the role of academia and higher education will be crucial”, says Senior Manager for Research Kirsi Hyttinen from Laurea. This is why also Laurea takes part of ECHO ( project and aims to build capabilities citizens and professionals through training. “We are currently taking part to several development works in cyber security from services to training contents. The lack of awareness is something we must soon try to fix in order to build better preparedness in Finland and Europe. We have several actors but we must cooperate towards common goal”, she continues.

The view points from ICT architecture and vulnerabilities in governmental level (Director Mikko Vuorikoski, Valtori), different sectors and their dependencies (R&D Manager Matteo Merialdo, RHEA) and bigger picture of cyber challenges (Dr Mika Kerttunen, Tallinn University of Technology) provided a holistic understanding of cyber domain and its key challenges. Opening and concluding words by Laurea representatives Kirsi Hyttinen and Petteri Taitto highlighted the awareness raising through education and training as well as sectoral cooperation in future. Director Mikko Vuorikoski gave perspectives from governmental point of view:

“If we implement our services or technologies too much different layers of security countermeasures the usability decrease. By increasing our resilience of cybersecurity, we can improve our chances to fight against cyberattacks, crimes and or other influencing to our society.”

Vuorikoski underlined the comprehensive understanding of cyber security especially in the managerial level in different organisations.

ECHO project will organise Cyber Morning events around Europe, and next event in Laurea will take place 8th November 2019. Cyber Mornings are good way to network and learn, face to face or online.

More information:
Senior Manager for Research Kirsi Hyttinen (kirsi.hyttinen(at)
Twitter: @ECHOcybersec
Laurea Cyber Morning Event video