IoT - the weakest security link? (X-change)

Location:Hotel Abbey, Grimbergen



With the Internet of Things, all kinds of objects and networks talk to each other. But while this creates incredible opportunity, it also raises security challenges.  Regardless of how strongly you have secured your organisation, a single sensor can jeopardise your meticulous measures.  So, is that reason enough to veto IoT, or can we embrace the technology in a responsible manner?


This session will guide us through the pitfalls and best practices.  Our experts will share insights on how to achieve a proper level of security with IoT. And we'll top the afternoon off with a real-life case from Renson.


Please note that in order to guarantee an interactive discussion, we are keeping the number of attendees limited, so be sure to book your spot in time.


Hotel Abbey, Kerkeblokstraat 5, 1850 Grimbergen



13:00 Welcome coffee


13:30 Introduction: Participants’ expectations around the table


Ann Guinée, Project Manager, Beltug (English)


13:45 IoT security applied in a real use case


Today, we have all certainly heard about the security risks of IoT. But while, on the one hand, this is causing plenty of headaches for IT, on the other we need to support companies’ digital transformations. In this case, we describe how the solution may help to protect and optimize the physical environment, but we cannot ignore the need to protect the solution itself. This leads to a true end-to-end security approach.


Kwinten Volckaert, Applications Manager, Nextel & Bart Van den Branden, Business Development Manager, Telenet (English)


14:15 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


14:30 IoT in a VUCA environment


The world has become Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA); conversely, IoT creates tremendous opportunities to gather data from internet-connected devices. This multiplies the security challenges from an endpoint view:  let's look at how to tackle these challenges.


Patrick Muylaert, Manager Key Accounts, Securitas (English)


15:00 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


15:15 Coffee Break


15:45 IoT: are we doomed?


Mention IoT and security in one sentence, and you will hear a lot of doom-filled pronouncements. Yes, IoT has an increasingly scary side. Yes, bad people have found malicious uses for it. But there’s no need to panic! Let’s take a deep breath, get our facts straight, and place IoT in the risk scale among other attacks you could be facing in 2019. It might even make us feel a bit better.


Eward Driehuis, Chief Research Officer, SecureLink (English)


16:15 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


16:30 Case: Mapping IoT security to business models


Renson and openmotics have different business models, but both have IoT-related products, and produce for the same group. How do their security approaches differ? We’ll also look into how to achieve an in-depth defence approach when providing open applications, hardware and operating systems, as opposed to delivering services with integration capabilities in the consumer landscape.


Brecht Neyrinck, Team lead IoT, Renson & Pieter De Clerck, CEO, OpenMotics (English)


17:00 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


17:15 Wrap up & Closing drink


18:00 End



You can easily combine this X-change with the morning session on 'IoT – the search for the Holy Grail'.