An unforgettable experience. That’s the simplest expression that could summarize this first visit to Lisbon for our team.
Some of us attempted to book a trip for the next year before leaving the place. The 2019 edition ended as a record-breaker with 70,469 participants from 163 countries with a strong female attendance of 46.3% — as indicated by organizers. Before you can hear how much fun we had, let’s review key themes from this year’s event:
- While still in construction, 5G is already branded as a new chapter for information technology because of the speed it brings to data transfer
- WeWork’s IPO shake-up brought about a renewed discussion about startup financial accountability
- Edward Snowden and Brittany Kaiser (ex Cambridge Analytica) push for Big Tech regulations that would limit data exploitation in the fields of democracy meddling and digital advertising
- Web Summit co-founder Paddy Cosgrave notices potential in tech for automotive with a significant number of startups attendants leaning in that direction
- Samsung is confident that the adaptation of voice assistant devices will triple by 2023 into 8 billion globally
Piotr Bardadyn, Head of Business at Titans24
It was an intense week to maneuver around 70 thousand people! For me as a business developer who always looks to connect, it was a solid challenge to pick the right conversation partner. I was aiming to reach participants conscious about digital security threats affecting the SMB market. My goal was to represent Titans24 — a security platform that counters such threats, used by e‑commerce companies and other ventures that must protect their online reputation.
A report from Marsh states that data security is the fourth greatest challenge to businesses right next to climate catastrophes. This point allowed me to veirfy investors and business partners in terms of a potential partnership. Speaking with data (130.000 web services hacked daily!), I observed their responses in our conversations. If I were dealing with a professional from the digital security industry, our talk would glide smoothly into technicalities, where I would guide them through Titants24 client panel. There, they would access the test environment that allows for secure data work in a containerized environment based on CI/CD-GitFlow methodology. Together, we’d assess the scale and volume of cyber attacks monitored by the system as shown on visual charts.
With other conversational partners, for whom the average cybersecurity damage costs remained an abstract figure, I’d use this example. “Can you imagine working with a company with no bank account?” — I’d ask. It seems an obvious assumption that there has to be one, just as where we expect a business to have that web page, regardless of the profession (may it be dentistry or vulcanization). If it’s a standard in any developed country to lock the front door, then why do we neglect the security of our web services that keep the money flowing?
It dawned on me that as the exchange about SME data cybersecurity moved on, the matter would peak to *Super important!*. 80% of entrepreneurs employs standardized technologies for web services (such as WordPress) which need the utmost attention as they’re attacked 90% of the time.
I returned from Lisbon with renewed confidence, as I have seen that Titans24’s arguments help us enroll new members to a work group that we call The Guardians of the Cybergalaxy (#GuardiansOfTheCybergalaxy). Anyone who finds digital cybersecurity crucial can be a Guardian. We passed around over 500 stickers as emblems of their new commitment to the security of their own business and the redefined focus on making their WWW a space of secure communication, true information, and a hub for valuable partnerships in work and life.
Mateusz Romanow, CEO Titans24
My Web Summit race against the clock brought about 300 investor leads. With my gratefulness of the many experiences that came to me there, I’m now searching for the first major stakeholder that will help us with our mission of providing affordable cybersecurity to the world.