Cyber Security on the Strategic Agenda

The cyber threat against Denmark is real. Danish public authorities and private companies are the targets of daily cyberattacks from hackers who seek to steal research results, business plans and innovative ideas vital to Denmark’s future.

Cyber threats come in a number of different forms such as industry espionage, cyber crime, cyber activism and cyber terror and they are constantly advancing and changing. For companies, it can therefore be quite challenging to understand how they should act to protect their business. While cyberattacks used to be a concern for the IT department, there should now be an awareness across the entire organization, including the board, of how this could affect the business and its operation. To protect themselves, companies need to stay ahead of the threats and understand the risk – and not least how to mitigate it.

We know from the attack on A.P. Moller-Maersk, attributed to Russia, that a malicious cyberattack can have devastating effects. As the first enterprise in the world, Maersk announced that the total cost of the NotPetya attack in 2017 amounted to 1.9 billion Danish kr.
Cyber security should be at the top of the corporate agenda, and to help us understand the threats, trends and how to stay ahead, we have invited Denmark’s top expert on this topic, Director of the Centre for Cyber Security Thomas Lund-Sørensen. Thomas has established and continues to lead The Centre for Cyber Security, a unit within the Danish Defense Intelligence Service.

Through case examples, Thomas will share the Centre’s view on:

  • The threat landscape here and now
  • Why cyber security should be at the top of the corporate agenda
  • How to mitigate risk and protect your company

About Thomas Lund-Sørensen

Thomas Lund-Sørensen is a Danish diplomat with a long career in the Danish Foreign and Intelligence Services. He was an ambassador to Jordan from 2007-2010 and returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Head of IT. In 2012, he was appointed Director of the Centre for Cyber Security. Thomas holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from University of Copenhagen.

About the Centre for Cyber Security

The Centre for Cyber Security was established in December 2012 within the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (DDIS). As a part of the DDIS, the Centre has access to the special intelligence-based knowledge about cyber issues available to the DDIS. The Centre’s mission is to advise Danish public authorities and private companies that support functions vital to society on how to prevent, counter and protect against cyberattacks. The Centre employs about 100 highly specialized staff.


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