Members of the EEMA Board of Management share their predictions and expectations regarding what lies ahead in 2022.


Data sovereignty to take centre stage

2022 is certainly going to break new ground when it comes to data and security policy. New rules will enter into force that stress the importance of state-of-the-art security, and that also contain a lot more operational obligations for key stakeholders, including private companies. Data sovereignty will take centre stage, with an increased emphasis over data control, both at the individual level through digital wallets and self-sovereign identities, and at the organisational level through secured European data spaces protected by specialised intermediaries. 2022 will see the quickest and potentially most impactful policy shifts since the adoption of the GDPR!

Hans Graux, Attorney-at-Law, Timelex




More cooperation between industry and academia

I strongly hope for strengthening cooperation between the industry and academia in 2022, as well as between public administrations and businesses in counteracting the Covid-19 pandemic and overcoming its implications.

In 2022 along with the implementation of the best practices for providing confidence and security in the use of ICT, increased focus will be put on research and development of the methodology for problems formulation within the realm of the specific functionality of the protected object as well as the existence of an academic and practical basis for the solutions to those problems. EEMA will be instrumental in facilitating these processes, combining the knowledge and efforts of academics, developers, and users.

 Arkadiy Kremer, President of Russian Governmental and Business Association for Networks and Services (RANS)



A focus on upskilling and a return to in-person networking

The past two years has focused on resilience with huge changes in technology, behaviour, and society. The forthcoming year is likely to see organisations in both the public and private sector revitalising their training initiatives, to ensure the workforce has the skills and knowledge they need to perform at the highest level, but also to strengthen their talent acquisition and retention strategies.

I also hope that we can collaborate in person during the forthcoming year. Our virtual EEMA Annual and ISSE conferences have introduced many new faces to EEMA, from 40 countries, spanning the EU and beyond. I look forward to welcoming old and new friends in person, when it is deemed safe for all of us to travel and meet.

 Lorraine Spector, LS Consultants & EEMA Board Director for Strategy and Business Development




Digital identity wallets for EU citizens

The EU eIDAS/2 announcement this summer about the digital identity wallet, has given a lot of focus to the decentralized identity.

The main idea is that the user will (with the identity wallet) be in the centre and have full control and overview of which information is shared with whom, and as such being much more privacy focused than the current centralized solutions. I expect to see a lot of developments in this space in 2022, including technical, legal, business models and usability.

John Erik Setsaas, VP of Identity and Innovation, SIGNICAT




The growth of cloud solutions

Cloud solutions will continue to grow considerably, which in turn can lead to an inconsistent protection level. Companies must prepare their requirements for cloud solutions, consistent with the requirements for in-house solutions, or managed services and persevere with those requirements. And unsecure solutions must be opted out, no matter how flexible the solution looks from a functional perspective.

Ulf Linnarsson, IT Security Co-ordinator, Volvo Group IT