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Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructures

joint EUROPEAN DISRUPTIVE INITIATIVE (JEDI) | Christian Hummert, André Loesekrug-Pietri

Technological frontiers in protecting our energy grids, hospitals, datacenters and powerplants

The increasing networking and digitalisation of society enables great progress, but also poses considerable challenges for its protection. Critical infrastructures are particularly vulnerable because their impairment would result in significant supply bottlenecks or threats to public safety. In addition to targeted attacks, global conflicts that are increasingly being fought in the cyber and information space can also have local effects.
There is an urgent need to develop capabilities to secure critical system. That is the goal of the KRITIS Challenge (Automated Security for Critical Infrastructure) — tune in to hear more from JEDI, the Joint European Disruptive Initiative, and the German Cyberagentur about the first lessons learnt from this Challenge, the best solutions that are being developed, as well as the next frontiers in cybersecurity that needs to be pushed forward.


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Christian Hummert


Since 1 October 2021, Dr. Christian Hummert has been responsible for the fate of the German Cyberagentur as Research Director. The 42-year-old thus completes the dual leadership of the agency. Dr. Hummert, who holds a doctorate in computer science and is an expert in IT forensics, previously taught as a professor on the subject of IT security at the University of Applied Sciences in Mittweida in Central Saxony and was head of digital forensics at the “Central Office for Information Technology in the Security Sector” (ZITiS) in Munich. Dr. Hummert lives with his family in Thuringia.

André Loesekrug-Pietri


André Loesekrug-Pietri, French and German nationality, held leadership positions in private equity, government, industry and as an entrepreneur. Starting as assistant to the CEO of Aerospatiale-Airbus, he then spent 15 years in private equity and venture capital, including 10 years in China, investing in European companies with global ambitions. In 2017, he paused from the private sector to become Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, responsible in particular for European Defense policy as well as technology and innovation. He is currently Chairman and Scientific Director of the Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI), the European ARPA, to boost Europe’s leadership in disruptive innovations. Graduate from HEC and from Harvard Kennedy School, he attended Sup-Aero aerospace engineering school. Nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, he is a private pilot, member of the Innovation Board of the Munich Security Conference and Colonel with the French Air Force People’s Reserve.

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