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Published: 11 October 2021

CyberNorth 2021 was organized as an online event on September 28. Among the 60 participants were representatives from authorities, companies and IT consultants. CyberNorth offered an interesting morning with speakers who gave us new insights and better knowledge about cyber security. This year, the event focused on the challenges of connecting information technology and operational technology. CyberNorth was arranged this year in collaboration with the Interreg Nord project Cynic, Vinnova and PiiA-Processindustriell IT och Automation through the project UNDIS.

CyberNorth presentationer

A major challenge for the industry is that the investments in automation made in the past are large, but often not developed given the degree of digital security required today. CyberNorth focused on the fact that the challenges of digitalisation are increasing in the process industry and as a result, the risk of being exposed to threats and attacks also increases.

Mats Karlsson Landré, Security Advisor, ATEA, talked about the importance of getting people and technology to work together and the importance of communication. His recommendation was to highlight the human side of security for operational technology and to ensure a healthy integration between people in the same way as for technical systems.

Samuel Holmström, CEO, Lundqvist Trävaru AB spoke about the company's digitalisation journey and how their systematic information security work has developed in parallel with digitalisation. Lundqvist Trävaru AB has received awards as Sweden's most connected company and to be able to take part in their development from the traditional wood industry to how they are today at the forefront of digitalisation was both fun and educational.

Lars-Gunnar Marklund, IT Security & Risk manager (CISO), Boliden AB, told about their security program and about the mining industry's transformation. The change means that more focus must be placed on IT security, where Boliden shared lessons learned from its improvement measures. Lars-Gunnar also talked about how changes such as these must be followed up in modern safety programs for employees.

The doctoral students Anton Holmström and Simon Andersson, our newly hired doctoral students, had to end the program by telling about what they had discovered in connection with their degree projects and how they plan to continue in that specialization. Anton will continue to work with cross-functional challenges in cyber security and specific division of responsibilities can affect the work role. Simon will continue to work with information classification and follow up the work he has begun to improve these procedures and processes.

Each speaker received several questions from the participants, and we have received very positive reactions to the entire event. We know that this topic is interesting for all types of employees than those who have the specific role of information security managers. As digitalisation, including the threats and attacks that come with it, increases, we see that the need for better insights and knowledge increases. We are already looking forward to arranging next year's CyberNorth, which will then hopefully be both on site at Vetenskapens Hus and online.


Martin Lundgren

Martin Lundgren,

Phone: +46 (0)920 493990
Organisation: Information systems


Johan Lugnet

Johan Lugnet, Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 491201
Organisation: Information systems, Digital Services and Systems, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering