Cyber Polygon July 9, 2021

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]Cyber Polygon  is an annual cybersecurity event dedicated to cybersecurity topics. Taking place on July 9, 2021, Cyber Polygon this time is about simulating a cyber attack on the digital data streams that have skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic. In the course of a fictional cyber attack, participants from numerous countries are asked to respond in real time “to a targeted attack on a company’s supply chain.”


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The topic has already been brought to my attention by a number of readers, so I’m putting the information together here on the blog. Because the event hasn’t been covered too widely in the press so far, here are a few information.

What is Cyber Polygon?

Cyber Polygon is an annual cybersecurity event that combines the world’s largest technical training for corporate teams with an online conference. Attendees are high-level representatives of international organizations and “leading” companies (however that may be defined). The organizer of the annual World Economics Forum (WEF) in Davos, Klaus Schwab, is also the organizer of Cyber Poligon. The event, which is streamed live, takes on a new theme each year.

In 20219, there was a simulation game Event 201, where a global pandemic was simulated and acted out in the course of it. It also looked at how a global health crisis could be used to merge global corporations with government structures.

Cyber Polygon 2021

Interconnectedness and digital traffic has increased dramatically, at least since the coronavirus pandemic. Video conferencing, goods orders, delivery monitoring, billing, everything runs digitally and is handled via the Internet. But how stable is it all? In recent years, the number of cyber attacks on supply chains has increased sharply. Given the global trend toward ecosystem development throughout the business world, supply chain vulnerability has become a growing concern.

With this in mind, the central theme of this year’s Cyber Polygon 2021 training will be ecosystem security and defense against supply chain attacks. The assumption: a global cyberattack has occurred on a company’s supply chain. During the technical exercise, hosted by the World Economic Forum (WEF), participants will simulate their practical skills in mitigating or defending against a targeted supply chain attack on a corporate ecosystem in real-time.

A summary of the 2021 topic can be found at  weforum.org. The agenda of the event includes various presentations (in parallel with the simulation mentioned above). The event will be opened by Herman Cref, CEO of Sber (probably the Russian state bank). Then it will be about ecosystem development as a new way of global integration. Governments and businesses are creating ecosystems – large networks of businesses and services that reach far beyond national borders and even continents. Such systems are becoming a new gateway to international markets, with local businesses expanding to a global scale. Other presentations will address the following topics


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  • New world – new currency. How do you make the financial system resilient as digital currencies proliferate?
  • Combating ransomware: developing an international response
  • Resilient supply chains: protecting people by protecting businesses
  • The role of INTERPOL in combating global cybercrime
  • The role of the Red Cross in creating a secure cyberspace
  • International regulations on the web – necessary, but also possible?
  • Cyberbullying and beyond – how can we protect children from digital threats?

There is also a rough summary here and in this article.


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