February 01, 2019 | Johan Cruijff ArenA, 1100 DL Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pre-Congress Day: Monday, 20 May 2019


8:30 am - 9:30 am Registration, refreshments and networking

9:30 am - 11:00 am Securing Stadiums, Communities and Fans: From Cyber to Physical Security

With advanced technologies come advanced cyber threats and vulnerabilities. With incidents, threats and risks on the rise, stadiums need to increase their cyber resiliency along with physical security to safeguard critical data, fans and customers data, and confidential information before they end up in external hands, costing millions of dollars and regulatory repercussions.

Ensuring a comprehensive security strategy should not only involve threats from terrorism, hooliganism or other emergency situations, but also heavily focused on cyber threats and data protection with the rising cyber attacks targeting stadiums, arenas and heavy data organisations.

This workshop has been formulated to provide a comprehensive overview of the evolving issues and challenges facing modern sports venues. From rising cyber threats and attacks targeted at arenas and stadiums to gathering of sensitive data, to physical threats including terrorism, rivalries and hooliganism, this workshop will dissect real incidents and uncover the best remedies to ensure safety and security of stadia and fans globally.

Benefits of attending:
  • Deep dive into IT infrastructure, cyber security and data protection: The growing cyber threat and data loss
  • Learn about comprehensive security management: Tactics, strategies and the stakeholders involvement during matchdays, non-match days and large scale events
  • Cyber warfare, data protection and protecting critical infrastructure and data using advanced cyber security strategies and technologies
  • Hear case studies from international experts and network with industry colleagues

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning coffee and networking

Amsterdam ArenA, or Johan Cruijff ArenA is more than just a football stadium. It is an incubator, a knowledge centre and a catalyst for innovations that will shape the city of the future

The ArenA has been committed to sustainability and innovation and has won several awards and appreciations over the years. From their solar energy usage to their waste management and to the recent award winning energy storage system, it has given itself a target of 2020 to be the most innovative stadium in the world!

This detailed strategy tour through one of Europe’s most innovative and sustainable arenas will allow us to witness first-hand some of the inner mechanics of this exciting arena.

Hosted by the Amsterdam ArenA Management, this interactive tour will feature a first glance of the newly-expanded east side concourse, as well as the world-renowned innovation centre, pitch specifics and energy storage hub.

Strategy Tour Leader

Sander van Stiphout

Director International, Program Manager Innovation
Johan Cruijff ArenA

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm Wrap up & closing remarks

1:00 pm - 1:00 pm Networking lunch