This event is organized by the Luxembourg Internet Exchange, a private non-profit organization whose members include several official bodies, large Luxembourg companies, and international companies based in Luxembourg. Other leading organizations supporting this initiative are the Luxembourg Ministries of State and Economy, the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, the European Union Representation in Luxembourg, Cybersecurity Luxembourg, MyConnectivity, the Portuguese Embassy in Luxembourg, The Luxembourg Embassy in Portugal and The Portuguese Trade and Investment Agency (AICEP).
Under the banner of cybersecurity and network resilience, this year's edition of the LID is expected to reach 1,100 visitors (CIOs, CTOs, CEOs and CISOs), around 30 per cent of whom are from outside Luxembourg, more than 500 companies and organizations and 50 exhibitors with their booths at the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. Parallel conferences and networking spaces will also take place during the event.
Portugal will be the country partner due to the relevance, notoriety, and international prominence of the Portuguese ICT sector and to the commitment that this sector deserved, with excellent results, in the context of the Economic Seminar held in 2022 in the context of the official visit of the Grand Dukes of Luxembourg to Portugal.
This event will also feature high-profile institutional visitors - from the Luxembourg part, the Grand Duke Henri and the Minister Delegate for Digitalisation, Marc Hansen, will be present. From the Portuguese counterpart, the Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Administrative Modernisation, Mário Campolargo, and the Ambassador of Portugal to Luxembourg, Pedro Sousa e Abreu, will attend the Luxembourg Internet Days.
Seventeen companies from the ICT sector and three Portuguese entities - AICEP, Inova-Ria and Instituto Pedro Nunes - will attend the event.
Know more about Portuguese participation at the LID: Joining Companies 2023 - Luxembourg Internet Days 2023 (luxembourg-internet-days.com)
Portugal has been heavily engaged in cybersecurity for the last years - with an inclusive cybersecurity strategy, which resulted in a broad national action plan, the different national entities responsible for cybersecurity have turned Portugal into a safer, modern, and competitive country. Moreover, Portugal has been continuously ranked as one of the most stable, innovative, business-friendly, and stable countries in the EU.
The Portuguese information technology (IT) sector is dynamic, resilient, mature, and well-integrated in the global value chains, factors that inspire the trust of its international and domestic partners.
There has been a significant growth in all segments of IT, which has accelerated the scaling up of software companies. In terms of total exports, between 2018 and 2022, software and IT services grew more than 75 per cent, with Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, and the USA being the main trading partners.
When it comes to cybersecurity in particular, Portugal has one of the best practices in terms of data protection in general, with industry-leading standards and certifications. It is a hub for large global companies and has an exceptional location for data centres. The cybersecurity sector in Portugal, in 2019, and according to the Portuguese National Cybersecurity Centre (CNCS), has more than 144 specialized companies, employing approximately 1,300 workers.
Therefore, the Luxembourg Internet Days 2023, on its 10th edition, has Portugal in the spotlight. It will be a great opportunity to share experiences and visions in the field of cybersecurity and to start or reinforce existing links.