Effective training in cybersecurity in the new era of staff remotisation: Practical solutions, tools & opportunities

Thursday, 25 March, 2021 - 10:00 CET



The need for effective cybersecurity training is more pressing than ever. With COVID-19 restrictions bringing about the increasing shift to home working, companies are now offering many more vulnerable points to malicious hackers. According to the IBM Data Breach Report, the average cost of a data breach in 2020 was 3.86 million dollars and the average time to identify and contain it was 280 days. The shift to remote work has created a more complex security landscape that will require significant focus and resources moving forward. Training is crucial to help organisations and teams to become cyber-aware with regards to best practices including password strength, phishing emails (which have exploded in number since the start of the pandemic) and other types of cyber-attacks.

What's in it for me?

  • I know I have a problem with competencies in cybersecurity! What are my options?

  • I depend on ICT for my business: How do I train my staff in cybersecurity if I have a limited budget?

  • Staff working from remote will increase cyber risks: How do we step up our cybersecurity skills?

This workshop is specifically for all those who are pondering these questions!


Organisation and key takeaways

The first part of the event will gather experts from all across Europe setting the scene on the state of the art in cybersecurity training, presenting existing solutions and opportunities to increase capacity building, evaluating best practices based on the emerging needs of SMEs and other organisations. Two panel discussions will be looking at how Europe is tackling the cybersecurity-skills gap based on the progress of the future European Cybersecurity Competence Network as well as practical tools and services to address it quickly and comprehensively.

In the practical training sessions on CYBERWISER.eu platform, you will have the opportunity to participate in a more detailed demonstration of the CYBERWISER.eu training platform and get in direct contact with a CYBERWISER.eu Tutor that will be interacting with you, in order to create a specific training path customised on the needs of your organisation. We will define together the technical characteristics of your training path and you will be able to start using the CYBERWISER.eu platform right away and free of charge!


Is there a cost to participate?

No. The event is free of charge and is part of the CYBERWISER.eu dissemination programme, sponsored by the European Commission.





Agenda - Part I - Choosing the right training in cybersecurity: Challenges and viable options


Moderator for the day: Katrina Sichel
Time Title Speaker


Welcome to our networking space - grab a cup and enjoy our virtual lounge, waiting for the event to start.

Any questions? - please ask the organisers present at the front desk


Opening of the event

Silvana MuscellaCEO - Trust-IT Services


Opening statement from the European Commission

Pavlos Fournogerakis, Research Executive Agency - European Commission


Keynote 1: Cybersecurity - Global challenges and training options

Steve Durbin, CEO - Information Security Forum (ISF)


Roundtable 1: Capacity building in cybersecurity: solutions - with ECSO and the 4 Pilots of the future European Cybersecurity Competence Network

Nina OlesenSenior Policy Manager - European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)

Jakub Čegan, CONCORDIA

Jan Hajny, SPARTA

David Goodman, Cybersec4Europe

Matteo MerialdoECHO


Keynote 2: 'online training' for your staff - pros and cons, best practices and innovations

Jonathan DaviesDirector - Pervade Software, Manager - South Wales Cyber Security Cluster 


Keynote 3: 'F2F training' for your staff (at your or your trainer's premises) - pros and cons, best practices and innovations (Download the slides now!)

Fabio di FrancoICT security expert - ENISA


Coffee break (bring your own coffee & meet up in our networking area)


Free training session on the CYBERWISER.eu platform - Live demonstration


Lunch break (bring your own lunch & meet up in our networking area)


Roundtable 2: Opportunities for SMEs in Europe to improve their cyber resilience

Jonathan DaviesDirector - Pervade Software, Manager - South Wales Cyber Security Cluster 

Peter MeyerIT-Security expert - eyeo.com

Radu Rujan, R&D and Project Management Consultant, APM Cluj

Aleksandar Zorbovski Certified Security Management Priofesional  CSMP @ Inbox Archive and DataCenter


Keynote 4: Future needs and trends in cybersecurity training

Charlie Lewis, Cybersecurity Expert Associate Partner - McKinsey & Company


Roundtable 3: Training experience from an SMEs perspective, needs, expectations and outcomes

Hani Banayoti, Director - CyberSolace

Paul Roevens, Digitalisation Advisor - UNIZO

Matteo Mazzei, CTO & CISO - Aksilia Srl


Closing remarks & lessons learned (Download the slides now!)



Agenda - Part II - Experience a state-of-the-art cybersecurity training session - Enrol your team to a free training path on CYBERWISER.eu

Timing Session


Introduction to the Part II - Choosing the right learning path (for your staff) - Niccolò Zazzeri, Communication & Web Marketing Specialist, Trust-IT Services


Deep dive on the CYBERWISER.eu platform - Overview of the courses and advanced components (Download the slides now!)

Niccolò Zazzeri, Communication & Web Marketing Specialist, Trust-IT Services

Anže Žitnik, Researcher & Developer, XLAB

Guillermo Yuste, Cybersecurity Unit, Atos Research & Innovation


Q&A from the audience


Booking your free, customised training course - interactive session

- The CYBERWISER.eu Team will guide you through the process of activating your free course on the platform.

- Participants will be joining breakout sessions where a CYBERWISER.eu Tutor will support them in defining requirements and technical specs to create a specific cybersecurity training path customised to suit the needs of their organisation.

- Your CYBERWISER.eu Tutor who will help you complete the free trial application for your training path.

NOTE: Given the high number of participation, during the breakout sessions one-on-one calls might be scheduled for the days immediately following this event.


Closing remarks and post-event takeaways


Moderator for the day:

Katrina Sichel

Katrina Sichel is a London-born, Brussels-based moderator and communications specialist. A former producer of TV news packages for the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4, ITV and Reuters – for which she interviewed big figures from the arts, film, fashion and political arenas – since 2007 she has been moderating events in Brussels and internationally covering diverse topics and policy areas. Alongside she has been running multilingual pan-European communications campaigns aimed at the public and diverse stakeholders.

Moderating highlights include the opening of European Development Days 2015 & 2016 with Presidents of the EU institutions, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, prime ministers and heads of state; media events in Budapest and Berlin for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology; EU Sustainable Energy Week and EU Mobility Week Awards; various events for EUROCITIES on waste management and the Circular Economy, as well as the Covenant of Mayors in the hemicycle of the EP; high-level conferences on Financial Instruments 2014-2020 for EIB and DG REGIO; and conferences on energy for ECI, EnBW, EWEA and CEWEP, among others.


Speakers’ Biographies

Hani Banayoti, Director - CyberSolace

Brings over 20 years of expertise in cybersecurity consulting, operations, incident-management, assurance, risk management, and cybersecurity in digital transformation. Advising clients across numerous industry sectors covering Central Government, Defence, Media, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services and Telecoms.

Jakub Čegan, CONCORDIA

Jakub is KYPO Cyber Range Platform program manager and Cyber Defence Exercise (CDX) project manager. His responsibility is the development of KYPO and coordination of all related projects. He is also interested in finding suitable business models for both activities.

Jonathan Davies, Director - Pervade Software, Manager - South Wales Cyber Security Cluster 

Jonathan Davies is the Co-founder and Chair of Cyber Wales, the largest cyber security ecosystem in the UK.  John has also chaired the Wales Cyber Resilience Board, a Welsh Government Steering Committee working with the National Cyber Security Centre to enhance cyber resilience across Welsh Public Sector organisations and providing policy and best practice advice for the Private Sector.  John has been a Sessional Lecturer on MBA courses and is committed to helping to close the skills gap in cyber security by participating on the Curriculum Advisory Boards of both Cardiff University and the University of South Wales where he regularly runs sessions for the National Cyber Security Academy.  John is a Welsh speaker who plays an active role helping military personnel and their families as Chairman of the Regional Employer Engagement Group for Wales.  For his day-job, he runs a Cardiff-based cyber security software vendor.

Steve Durbin, CEO - Information Security Forum (ISF)

Steve Durbin is the Chief Executive of the Information Security Forum (ISF). His main areas of focus include strategy, information technology, cyber security and the emerging security threat landscape across both the corporate and personal environments.  He is a frequent speaker and commentator on technology and security issues.

Formerly at Ernst & Young, Steve has been involved with IPOs, mergers and acquisitions of fast-growth companies across Europe and the USA.  Having previously been senior vice president at Gartner, he has advised a number of NASDAQ and NYSE listed global technology companies.

Steve has served as a Digital 50 advisory committee member in the United States, a body established to improve the talent pool for Fortune 500 boards around cyber security and information governance and he has been ranked as one of the top 10 individuals shaping the way that organizations and leaders approach information security careers. He has also been featured on the top 20 most influential list of leaders whose companies have a vision that shapes the conceptual landscape of their respective industries.

Steve is a Chartered Marketer, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Forbes Business Council Member and a visiting lecturer at Henley Business School where he speaks on the role of the Board in Cybersecurity.  He is a regular contributor and attendee at the Astana Club, where he provides expert input on the top risks for Eurasia, emerging global cyber trends and digital totalitarianism.

Fabio di Franco, ICT security expert - ENISA

Fabio di Franco joined ENISA in 2017 and currently his role focuses on advising the European Union and the Member States on research needs in cybersecurity with a view to enabling effective responses to the current and emerging threats. He is also the project manager for supporting the Member States in cybersecurity skill development, both by identifying current initiatives and by developing new technical training to support state-of-the-art information network and security capabilities. Fabio has a PhD in telecommunication engineering and  is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Pavlos Fournogerakis, Research Executive Agency - European Commission

Pavlos Fournogerakis is a Project Adviser at Safeguarding Secure Society Unit in European Commission’s Research Executive Agency. His responsibilities include Horizon 2020 programme implementation, project management and policy contribution in the area of cybersecurity. From 2012 to 2019 he was Programme Officer in the CONNECT Directorate General of the European Commission, where he was involved in the programme implementation of the 5G Public Private Partnership, research strategy and policy development in the areas of 5G and future communication networks, IoT and telecom/network security. Prior to joining the European Commission he has occupied several telecom engineering and management positions in the Greek public sector, industry and academia. He holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).


David GoodmanCybersec4Europe

David is a consultant working in digital transformation, specifically the areas of identity management and security, data protection and privacy regulation as well as emerging technologies. He has worked in senior management positions across a wide range of companies in Europe and North America from start-ups (Soft-Switch, Metamerge) to global brands (Lotus Development, IBM, Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson) as well as University College London. David is currently a principal consulting analyst with TechVision Research, chief evangelist with iGrant.io, a senior consultant with Trust in Digital Life association and, until recently, executive director of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX). He is work package leader for dissemination and communication in the CyberSec4Europe and CSI-COP H2020 projects, and task leader for Open Banking roadmapping and demonstrators in CyberSec4Europe.He has a BA from the University of Manchester and a D.Phil. from the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford.


Jan Hajny works as an associate professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication at Brno University of Technology. He is the head of the Advanced Cybersecurity group, member of the faculty’s Scientific Committee and the person responsible for the Information Security study programs. The scientific activities of prof. Hajny include research into modern cryptography and privacy protection. Currently, prof. Hajny leads the Cybersecurity Training and Awareness working group in the Cyber Competence Network pilot SPARTA and is a member of ENISA Cybersecurity Skills Framework working group.

Charlie Lewis, Cybersecurity Expert Associate Partner - McKinsey & Company

Charlie Lewis is an expert associate partner based in McKinsey’s Stamford, CT office. He specializes in the human side of digital risk, helping organizations improve their cyber organization and governance, and develop the talent within to create security operations organizations that can respond to crises effectively. Prior to joining McKinsey, Charlie served over 13 years in the U.S. Army. While in the Army, his experiences ranged from service with the 101st Airborne Division to teaching as an Assistant Professor of American Politics at the United States Military Academy. Before leaving Active Duty for the Army Reserves, he developed the Army’s cyber leadership education programs and was the second in charge of a 5,000-person training organization. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and Harvard Kennedy School.

Matteo Merialdo, ECHO

Mr. Matteo Merialdo is an experienced project manager with over sixteen (16) years of experience in system architecture and technical project management, with a focus on security-by-design and cyber-risk analysis. He has wide experience on managing large cyber-security collaborative projects, including: FP7s and H2020s; European Space Agency GSTP and Artes.

He actually works as Project Implementation Coordinator for the H2020 ECHO project (www.echonetwork.eu ) and as Technical Project Manager for the H2020 PANACEA project (www.panacearesearc.eu). He is also managing the Cyber Security Centre of Excellence project for the European Space Agency (https://artes.esa.int/projects/csce ).

Peter Meyer, IT-Security expert - eyeo.com

Peter Meyer brings over 20 years of expertise in the field of IT-Security and has been working for companies like like Webwasher, Secure Computing or McAfee. He has been the project coordinator for the FP7 project “Advanced Cyber Defense Centre” from 2013-2015 and also in charge of the German security projects Botfrei.de or SIWECOS at his former employer,  eco - Association of the Internet Industry until 2018. Next to his position at eyeo in the security and privacy team, Peter is also a member of the advisory council at the German tech company SoSafe Cyber Security Awareness.

Silvana Muscella, CEO & founder of Trust-IT Services & CEO & co-founder of COMMpla.

Silvana is founder & CEO of Trust-IT Services, with over 25 years experience in ICT. In the past few years she has been particularly active in the fields of ICT Standards, Open Science & Green ICT. She is currently the coordinator of the StandICT.eu initiative, where the European Observatory of ICT Standards has just been launched, including a working group on cybersecurity. She actively contributes to the CYBERWISER.eu initiative, particularly in the areas of business modelling and synergy development.

Nina Olesen, ECSO

Nina Olesen is a Senior Policy Manager at the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO). Having graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Sussex and an MA in Political Strategy and Communication from the University of Kent, Nina worked as a policy advisor for the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) before joining the European Organisation for Security (EOS) in January 2013 as a Cybersecurity Project Manager. At EOS, she managed the cybersecurity policy WG, worked on operational cybersecurity initiatives and was the project coordinator for the EU FP7 project ‘CYSPA’.

In 2016, Nina helped set up the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) as the private counterpart to the European Commission in the Cybersecurity cPPP. In her current capacity as Senior Policy Manager at ECSO, Nina is responsible for managing the WG3 on ‘Sectoral Demand’ and WG5 on ‘Education, Training, Awareness, and Exercises’, as well as overseeing ECSO’s Women4Cyber and Youth4Cyber initiatives.

Paul Roevens, Advisor Digitalization UNIZO

UNIZO, with over 110.000 members, is Belgium's largest association of entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises and liberal professions, active in Flanders and Brussels.
Paul's role is at the national level whereby he advises and facilitates on different digital themes, implements a variety of digital practices and assists the provincial operations in communication and outreach to its members likewise sensibilization, information and training.
He is also the UNIZO representative in several committees at the Flanders and national level for digitalization in general, as well as specific themes likewise AI, digital skills and cybersecurity.

Radu Rujan - Cluj Employers Association (APM Cluj)

Project Management Consultant with 17 years of experience in SME oriented support programes with focus on R&D, industrial development, technological entrepreneurship.  Independent expert for Research Executive Agency - European Commission, EUREKA Association and International Trade Centre (UNCTAD / WTO).

Aleksandar Zorbovski Certified Security Management Priofesional  CSMP @ Inbox Archive and DataCenter

Aleksandar Zorbovski Certified Security Management Professional Dip.CSMP®, with 17 years’ experience in the field of Security, locally as well as internationally. Taking advantage of the multidisciplinary business, production and operation basics to inspire and create safe and standardized /ongoing processes for obtaining and retaining business. Certain to inspire and encourage security awareness at all levels in corporations. Keen to digital technologies and digital transformations.





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