People

Organizers

Nineta Polemi

Nineta Polemi is a cybersecurity Professor in the University of Piraeus-UNIPI- (Cyber Security Lab, Dept. of Informatics) and  CTO/ Co-Founder of Trustilio. She served (2017-2020) as Programme Manager and Policy Officer in the European Commission DG (CONNECT H1 Unit entitled ’Cybersecurity Technologies and Capabilities’). She has obtained her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (Coding Theory) from The City University of New York (Graduate Center). She held teaching and research positions in The City University of New York (Queens & Baruch Colleges), State University of New York (Farmingdale), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)-Solvay Brussels School-. She has over 150 publications in security (e.g. port security, maritime security, maritime supply chain security) has organised numerous scientific and policy international cybersecurity scientific events. She has received many research grants (NATO, IEEE) and awards (NSA, MSI Army Research Office IEEE, CYNY, Hellenic Ministry of Maritime, Hellenic National Defense General) and has participated as Project and Technical Manager in more than 60 cybersecurity international, EU and national R&D and commercial projects. She serves as external expert/reviewer/consultant  in ENISA, E.C.(DG CNECT, DG HOME), FORTH, Focal Point.

Sotiris Ioannidis

Prof. Sotiris Ioannidis received a BSc degree in Mathematics and an MSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Crete in 1994 and 1996 respectively. In 1998 he received an MSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Rochester and in 2005 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Ioannidis held a Research Scholar position at the Stevens Institute of Technology until 2007 and a Research Director at the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) until 2020. He is currently Associate Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Technical University of Crete (TUC) and Director of the Microprocessor and Hardware Laboratory. He was a Member of the ENISA Advisory Group (AG) from 2017 to 2020, and is a Member of the National Infrastructures for Research and Technology (GRNET) Advisory Committee (AC). He is also Chairman of the of the Committee of Ethics and Deontology of Research of FORTH and Member of the Advisory Committee for National Infrastructures for Research and Technology. His research interests are in the area of systems and network security, security policy, privacy, and high-speed networks. Ioannidis has authored more than 200 publications in international conferences and journals, as well as book chapters, and has both chaired and served on numerous program committees in prestigious conferences, such as ACM CCS and IEEE S&P. Ioannidis is a Marie-Curie Fellow and has been the PI of more than 40 European, National, and DARPA funder projects.

Keynote Speaker

Tejas Patel

Tejas Patel joined DARPA as a program manager in August 2019 to develop, execute, and transition programs in cyberspace operations and other defense mission areas. Prior to his position at DARPA, Patel served as a principal investigator for a DARPA I2O program. He also has served as a contractor supporting I2O's portfolio of cyber research and development (R&D) programs, as well as a software engineer in private industry focused on the automation of computer network operations. Patel’s prior civil service includes over half a decade of experience in cyber operations, development, and planning within the Department of Defense. Patel holds a Master of Science degree in telecommunications from the University of Maryland, College Park and Bachelor of Science degrees from North Carolina State University (NCSU) in computer engineering, electrical engineering, and economics.

William Arbaugh

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Trainers

Elias  Athanasopoulos (UCY)

Elias Athanasopoulos is an associate professor in Computer Science with the University of Cyprus. He received his BSc in Physics from the University of Athens and his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Crete. Before joining University of Cyprus, he was an assistant professor with Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Elias was a Microsoft Research PhD Scholar, as well as a Marie Curie fellow with Columbia University and FORTH. His research interests are system security and privacy.  He has several publications in all major systems and system security venues, such as IEEE Security and Privacy (Oakland), IEEE European Security and Privacy, ACM CCS, Usenix Security, Usenix ATC, NDSS, EuroSys, and ACM TOPS.

Dimitra Siaili (ITML)

Dimitra Siaili is an accomplished Researcher and Project Manager specializing in EU-funded cybersecurity projects at ITML. Leveraging her academic foundation in Electrical Engineering and Computer Technology from the Polytechnic School of Patras, encompassing both undergraduate and postgraduate studies, she has demonstrated proficiency in spearheading extensive research initiatives. In addition to her cybersecurity prowess, Dimitra brings extensive experience in the realms of smart cities and IoT, having contributed significantly to projects aimed at enhancing urban infrastructure and connectivity. ITML stands at the forefront of innovation, pioneering cybersecurity solutions through involvement in dozens of groundbreaking research projects. With a steadfast commitment to excellence, ITML harnesses its expertise on cybersecurity to deliver cutting-edge technologies and services tailored to meet the evolving challenges of the digital landscape. Renowned for its strategic collaborations and track record of success in securing EU funding, ITML continues to shape the future of cybersecurity, empowering businesses, and organizations worldwide to navigate the complexities of cyberspace with confidence.



Ricardo Lugo (TalTech) 

Dr. Lugo is a psychologist with experience as an applied practitioner, university lecturer and researcher. He has consulting experience within elite sports, education, and health. His current research focus is within behavioural aspects of cyber defense operations, both at the individual and team level. He has expertise in experimentation focused within Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering in cyber defense exercises, where he researched on the interaction of individual aspects of human behavior (microcognition) incorporating concepts such as self-efficacy, metacognition, naturalistic environments and macrocognition. He also Investigates performance predictors such as time-pressure, risk, ambiguity, and intuitive decision-making were also subject to research in field studies. He collaborates with national research and educational institutions as well as professional and amateur clubs. Dr. Lugo also works with athletes in sports in both winter and sports as well as individual to team sports.

Stylianos Karagiannis (PDMFC)

Dr. Stylianos Karagiannis obtained his PhD from the Department of Informatics at the Ionian University in 2022, following an M.Sc. in Computer Science and Information Systems from the same institution in 2017. Since 2019, he has been actively involved as a researcher working for PDM in EU Horizon research projects, in the cybersecurity scientific domain. His areas of specialization include Security Architecture, Capture the Flag (CTF) challenges, Threat Intelligence, Red/Blue/Purple Teaming, Adversary Emulation, and Threat Hunting. Currently, his postdoctoral research is focused on the integration of Cyber Ranges, Digital Twins, and Artificial Intelligence to enhance the educational process in cybersecurity.

Luis Miguel Campos (PDMFC)

Luis Miguel Campos received his B. Tech from IST (Instituto Superior Técnico – Lisbon) in 1992, his M.S. in Information & Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine in 1995, and his PhD in Information & Computer Science in 1999. Currently leads the software development team at PDMFC and serves as an expert evaluator for the European Commission in the Information Society Technologies program. Previously, he worked as a faculty member at the University of California Irvine and NASA. Published dozens of papers in international conferences in areas as diverse as Parallel Computing, Agent-Based Computing, Resource Management in Distributed Systems, Simulation Theory and Cluster Computing and Grid Computing, Network Protocols, etc.

Vanessa (TalTech)

Vanessa has a wide background Early Stage Researcher.

Ahmed Nasr (TalTech)

Ahmed Nasr is currently working as a Linux System Administrator at TalTech High Performance Computing Center (HPC). He holds a Master's degree from Tallinn University of Technology and is pursuing a PhD in Cyber Security in Maritime, focusing on safeguarding maritime infrastructure against cyber threats by utilizing M-SOC (Maritime Security Operation Center). His professional background includes roles such as overseeing HPC systems, parallel file system deployment, and Linux system administration, in addition to multiple project management roles. Ahmed has expertise in programming with Python, Rust, Java, and Bash. Additionally, he is currently gaining deeper knowledge about offensive cyber security. He holds certifications in data science, AI, Networking, System Administration and project management.

Paresh Rathod (Laurea & trustilio BV)

Paresh Rathod is a seasoned technocrat, cyber expert, innovator, educator, and thought leader with a passion for creating a safer digital world, services, and solutions. Honoured with the meritorious knighthood medal by the President of the Republic of Finland, Dr Rathod serves as the Head of Research and Innovation at Trustilio BV in the Netherlands, and a Thematic Leader (Cyber RDI) - Educator (ICT) at Laurea, Finland. Dr Rathod's contribution extends beyond his academic and corporate roles including the European Cybersecurity Organisation (ECSO, Brussels), where he co-chaired the working group, and the European Union's Cybersecurity Agency (ENISA), where he served as an expert-rapporteur in AHWG for the European Cybersecurity Skills Framework development work. Paresh's scientific innovation and scholarly work have been presented at multiple seminars, workshops, international conferences, journals, and forums. He has trained over 10,000 professionals and higher education students in Europe, demonstrating his commitment to knowledge sharing and skills development. Notably, Paresh Rathod has been involved in EU innovation projects like ABC4EU, MOBI, MACICO, SATERISK, ECHO, CyberSecPro, DYNAMO, ARCSAR, EU-HYBNET, EU CISE 2020, CYCLOPES, CUSTODES, NERO and AI-ARC, shaping the future of cybersecurity and cutting-edge technologies. He has contributed to initiatives like CAL4INO, ECOLHE and DIG4LIFE, promoting digital transformation in Europe. He brings his expertise and experience to bear as a senior advisor to many businesses and organisations, providing strategic guidance and helping them succeed.

Riku Salmenkylä (Laurea)

Riku Salmenkylä is an educator and networking specialist at Laurea, Finland. With almost thirty years of experience as educator, he has a wide experience in promoting networking and IT security skills among students, including Cisco Networking environment labs and also Cybersecurity testing surroundings.

Foteini Petropoulou (Zelus)

Foteini is a recent graduate with a degree in Management Information Systems from Deree, the American College of Greece, with a minor in Information Technology & Cybersecurity. Currently, she is working as a Project Manager for ICT Projects at Zelus, specializing in Cybersecurity projects. She finds special interest in data security and privacy of information systems. Continuously seeking opportunities to expand her knowledge and expertise in these critical areas, where her academic background, coupled with her practical experience, positions her as a valuable contributor to the dynamic field of Cybersecurity.

Christos Grigoriadis (Focal Point)

Christos Grigoriadis is a highly qualified and experienced lecturer with a background in production and management engineering and secure engineering technologies. He also holds an ISO 27001:2013 lead  auditor certification in information security.  Currently, he is conducting his PhD research on the topic of machine learning methodologies for the identification and assessment of cumulative vulnerabilities and cascading attacks on interconnected systems. Christos has worked with UPRC on several significant projects, including CyberSec4Europe, MELITY, and ARTEMIS, funded by the European Union and the Greek government. He has also contributed to the projects AI4Healthsec and Cybersecpro as a researcher for the Belgian company Focal Point. Christos is also a published author, with 9 publications in journals such as ACM Sensors and Elsevier Computer and Security.

Dimitris Koutras (UPRC)

Dimitris Koutras is a PhD candidate in network security, at the University of Piraeus, Department of Informatics. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Information technology and computer technology engineering from the Technological educational institute of Central Greece (Lamia-2016). Then he also obtained a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in security management engineering from the University of Piraeus (Piraeus-2019). He currently participates in European research programs as a researcher of University of Piraeus Research center. He also participates as a trainer in various cybersecurity seminars, concerning maritime, healthcare and supply chain. He holds an ISO 27001:2013 lead auditor, certification in information security. His research work concerns network security analysis, risk assessment and operating systems security. Dimitris has collaborated with UPRC on several major projects, including CyberSec for Europe, CyberSecPro, MELITY and ARTEMIS, funded by the European Union and the Greek government. Dimitris is also a published author, with five publications, one of which was praised as an editor's choice.

Wissam Mallouli (MI)

Dr. Wissam Mallouli is the current CTO of Montimage France. He has been a telecommunications engineer since 2005 and received his PhD in cybersecurity from Telecom and Management SudParis (France) in 2008. His research interests include formal methods for cybersecurity and AI. Dr. Mallouli is an expert in cybersecurity, particularly in applied domains such as cloud computing, IoT, and 5G/6G networks. He also serves as a lecturer at several universities and engineering schools in Paris. Dr. Mallouli is actively involved in numerous collaborative European and French research projects. He participates in program committees for various national and international conferences. He annually organizes the STAM workshop on security testing and monitoring and has contributed to the organization of the 12th and 13th TAROT summer schools on software testing and validation. He has published over 50 papers in conference proceedings, books, and journals. More details can be found at mallouli.com.

Pedro Félix (OneSource)

Iro Chatzopoulou (APIRO)

Ms. Chatzopoulou is an Experienced Lead Auditor and Scheme developer with a demonstrated history of working in the certification and auditing services industry. The 15 years auditing experience is coupled and enhanced by years of technical implementation, management, innovation, standardization, schemes design, implementation, maintenance and accreditation experience. Highly focused with a consistent, international track record in leading and delivering demanding security projects including risk analyses, security assessments, certification schemes, security architectures design & implementation, technical security and compliance audits. During her career she has been a keynote or invited speaker in numerous national and international conferences. She holds an MSc in Information Systems and a number of industry certifications such as CISA, HISP, CCSK, ISO 27001 LA (IRCA), CSX (P) and others. 

Ms Chatzopoulou is an accredited trainer for a variety of subjects and has successfully delivered training for more than twenty years.

George Kliafas (MAG)

I am Georgios Kliafas, born on May 7, 1997, in Greece. I graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Analytics from ESADE Business School in Barcelona (2021-2022) and previously completed my Bachelor's in Computing and Mathematics at Cardiff University, UK (2015-2018). My professional journey includes roles such as a Business Analyst at Deloitte Digital (2022-2023) in Athens, where I focused on Salesforce implementations. I also worked as a Data Analyst at Athens Technology Center (2020-2021), dealing with big data analysis related to public health projects. Earlier, I served as a Network Manager Assistant in the Hellenic Army (2019-2020) and gained early career experience through software engineering internships at Racing Post in London (2018-2019) and Athens Technology Center (2016). My technical skills are grounded in Python and SQL, with substantial experience in backend development and data analytics.

Pinelopi Kyranoudi (TUC)

Pinelopi Kyranoudi has obtained her master’s degree in Security of Information and Communication Systems from the University of the Aegean (Dept. of Information and Communication Systems Engineering). She served as Network and Information Security Officer at the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) contributing: to five publications in the areas of Cybersecurity in Maritime, e-Health, and National Cybersecurity Strategies; to the creation of web tools, and to the organization of  EU Cybersecurity events. During her 10-year career she also worked in various positions and roles, such as Web and Application Developer, IT Security Engineer, Cybersecurity Researcher, and Lecturer in companies and organizations such as Express Publishing SA, Cosmote SA, Maggioli SpA, and Aegean College respectively, among others. She is currently conducting her Ph.D studies in the Cybersecurity field at the University of Piraeus (Dept. of Informatics). She holds a position of Cybersecurity Researcher at the Technical University of Crete (School of Electrical and Computer Engineering), contributing to EU research projects. Her research interests are in the field of Cyber-Physical Security, particularly in Maritime, OT/IoT, and Threat Intelligence.