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About The Conference

The conference will be held under the patronage of the European Commissioner Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society - Mrs. Mariya Gabriel. The general objective of our event is to support the integration and interaction between private and public bodies with experts in cybersecurity, critical infrastructure management, eHealth and Smart Cities solution providers.

Conference organizers:

The European Cybersecurity Institute
Centre of Excellence "Universities for Science, Informatics and Technologies in the e-society"
Centre of Competence for National and Cyber Security
Centre of Competence "Digitisation of Economy in Big Data environment"


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    15 June


    09:00 - 09:30 - Registration

    09:30 – 10:40 - Opening – Representatives of European institutions, Bulgarian government, Organizing committee.

    10:40 – 11:00 - European Union's common approach on cybersecurity policies. (work topic) - Mrs. Mariya Gabriel

    11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee-break

    11:30 – 12:00 - The Cyber Security Challenges. Ariel Kohen

    12:00 - 12:30 – The role of cyber in hybrid warfare (in European context). Dr Jarno Limnell

    12:30 - 13:00 - International Partnership Building to Foster Cybersecurity Co-operation. Nishant Shandilya

    13:00 – 14:00 - Lunch break


    14:00 – 14:30 - Specific challenges to cyber security for the energy grid & analysis of real world attacks on energy grids. Michael John

    14:30 – 15:00 - Smart Cities Active Security and Big Data Analytics for data flows and events. Cristina de la Maza

    15:00 - 15:30 - Cyber Insurance and Driverless Cars: Examining the Cyber Security Risks, Caroline Baylon

    15:30 - 16:00 - Cybersecurity in a Knowledge City, prof. Roumen Nikolov

    16:00 – 16:30 – Coffee break


    Participants: Mrs. Mariya Gabriel, Michael John, Cristina de la Maza, Dr. Jarno Limnell, Ariel Kohen, prof. Roumen Nikolov (Moderator: Dr Ivo Kostov)

    18.00 – VIP Party Under the patronage of Mrs. Maria Gabriel – European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.
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    16 June


    09:30 – 10:15 - Big Data for Smart Society. Dessislava Petrova-Antonova

    10:15 – 11:00 – Next generation attack vectors and their defense. Peter Nikolow

    11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee Break

    11:30 – 12:00 - Artificial Intelligence – How will Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning impact Cyber Security? Could AI devices be transformed into cyber weapons? Krasimir Kotsev

    12:00 – 12:30 - Secure Personal Data in the cloud with Client-side Encryption. Tunio Zafer

    12:30 – 13:00 - Data security and personal privacy in the different types of clouds. Dimitar Dimitrov

    13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch Break

    14:00 – 14:30 - pUPD - New generation internet protocol for data transfer. Anton Titov

    14:30 – 15:00 - Gesture recognition-control systems and wearable technologies. Oleg Camenscic

    15:00 – 15:30 - PCI DSS Compliance reduces likelihood of data breaches. Pavel Kaminsky

    15:30 – 16:00 – Coffee Break


    Participants: Dessislava Petrova-Antonova, Peter Nikolow, Tunio Zafer, Anton Titov, Pavel Kaminsky, Krasimir Kotsev, Dimitar Dimitrov, Oleg Camenscic (Moderator: George Dinchev)
  • 16 June


    09:30 – 10:00 - A Systems Approach to Digital Healthcare and Smart cities. Dr. Alexander Samarin

    10:00 – 10:30 - Cybersecurity and education, Pirkko Kouri, PhD

    10:30 – 11:00 - Personalized health care support using non-standard tele monitoring techniques. Prof. Dr. Ralf Seepold

    11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee Break

    11:30 - 12:00 - Digital application in all spectrum of pathology. Digital Pathology Department project in Bulgaria. Dr. Stoyan Aleksov

    12:00 – 12:30 - Cyber Security aspects of the Macedonian National eHealth Information System - MojTermin and the Big Data footprint. Ivan Chorbev, PhD

    12:30 - 13:00 - Towards the next generation of EHR Systems: barriers, fears, and potential benefits. Mircea Focsa PhD

    13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch Break

    14:00 – 14:30 - Designing environments to facilitate remote support and empowerment of patients. Mario Allegra

    14:30 - 15:00 - Cybersecurity in eHealth Dr. Athanasios Drougkas

    15:00 – 15:30 – Coffee Break


    Participants: Dr. Alexander Samarin, Pirkko Kouri, Prof. Dr. Ralf Seepold, Ivan Chorbev, PhD , Mircea Focsa PhD, Mario Allegra (Moderator: Dr Ivo Kostov)


Call for Papers Deadline - 24th of May Contact -

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Mariya Gabriel

EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

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Dr Ariel Kohen

Cyber&Intelligence expert

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Dr Jarno Limnéll

Professor, Aalto University, Cybersecurity; Adjunct Professor, National Defence University

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Michael John

Director Operations at ENCS

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Prof. Roumen Nikolov

Sofia Knowledge City Cluster

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Dr Alexander Samarin

IHEP, Lausanne area, Switzerland

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Dessislava Petrova-Antonova

PhD, Sofia University, Department of Software Engineering

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Cristina de la Maza

COO, Redborder

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Nishant Shandilya

Senior International Consultant at SPI

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Anton Titov

Mentor at startup accelerator programs

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Tunio Zafer

CEO at

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Peter Nikolow

Top Online Influencer

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Prof. Dr. Ralf Seepold

Chair Ubiquitous Computing

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Caroline Baylon

Information Security Research Lead at AXA

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Dr Athanasios Drougkas

Network and Information Security

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Oleg Camenscic

Network and Information Security

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Krasimir Kotsev

IT Security expert

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Pavel Kaminsky

QSA, CISSP, CISA, CEH, Head of Operations at Seven Security Group

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Pirkko Kouri, PhD

Principal Lecturer in Healthcare Technology

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Mario Allegra

Head ot Palermo Division of ITD

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Mircea Focsa

JMIR Editorial Board

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Dimitar Dimitrov

Founder at Zetta Hosting Solutions

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George Dinchev

Co-Organizer, CyberCon,


Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

1 "15th of November" str, Sofia, Bulgaria

The building is located in the top city center!


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Mariya Gabriel is the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. She is responsible to facilitate, under the coordination of Vice-President Ansip, the adoption by the co-legislators of all the legislative proposals presented by the Commission to complete the Digital Single Market.

To prepare, as part of the project team steered and coordinated by Vice-President Ansip, ambitious proposals for the completion of a connected Digital Single Market, based on the mid-term review.
To develop and implement measures to make Europe more trusted and secure online, so that citizens and business can fully reap the benefits of the digital economy.
To ensure that the EU can be a catalyst for public and private investment, focusing on high-quality, digital network infrastructure.
To support the development of creative industries and of a successful European media and content industry. Contribute to activities that turn digital research into successful European innovation stories.

A veteran of Air Force intelligence. Ariel has 26 years of experience in government intelligence, energy efficiency, SCADA security, telecommunications, and large cyber security projects. Ariel led technological innovations for the past 21 years, maximizing business growth engines for major international companies. He is the architect behind new cyber solutions tailored for governments and large corporate's around the world.
Professor, Aalto University, Cybersecurity, Adjunct Professor, National Defence University, Cybersecurity leadership, Adjunct Professor, University of Jyväskylä, Security, Adjunct Professor, Tampere University of Technology, Cybersecurity;
Aalto University, Department of Communications and Networking
Michael John is Director Operations at ENCS. With his work at ENCS, Michael is fully committed to enhancing the utilities’ security and privacy landscape. Michael drives ENCS community building and information and knowledge sharing. Michael is leading several projects for ENCS in the domain of Smart Metering, Electric Vehicle and Distribution Automation security.
Architect for Achieving the Synergy between Strategy, Good Business Practices and Disruptive Digital Technologies in Smart Cities
Alexander Samarin wrote his first software program in the year 1973. He obtained a PhD (in computer graphics) in the year 1986. He has worked for a variety of international clients in Switzerland, UK, France, Australia and Africa. He specialises in architecture, implementation and evolution of enterprise-wide solutions with the holistic use of enterprise architecture, business architecture, BPM, SOA, ECM, IT governance and IT strategy.
In October 2009 he published a book “Improving Enterprise Business Process Management Systems”.
Since August 2013 he specialised as an architect and practitioner for implementation of complex digital systems in smart cities. His presentation will discuss how to apply a systems approach to digital healthcare and smart cities with several modern technologies (enterprise architecture, digital, microservices, blockchain, explicit coordination, etc.) to achieve some desired emergent characteristics (e.g. a high level of trustworthiness) of complex digital systems.
Nishant Shandilya is a Senior International Consultant at Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) and the Project Coordinator of YAKSHA Project. He has experience in a range of European Commission projects under the 7th Framework Programme and the Horizon 2020 Programme, specifically in the fields of ICT, Transport, Internationalization, Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, among others. He has been actively involved in coordinating and writing expression of interests, carrying out financial projections and budgeting, and preparing communication, dissemination and exploitation plans. In addition to managing workshops and exhibitions, he has organized various public lectures and Horizon 2020 dissemination seminars in collaboration with the EC. He has also been lead writing evaluation studies and impact assessment reports for several EC DGs.
Petar Nikolov is a developer with over 20 years of experience and internationally recognised top online influencer in topics like cyber security and risks in implementation of new standards and protocols. Peter does software development for his own company MobilioDevelopment. He built his first website in university in 1997 and since then has been involved in web sites and applications. Now he thinks the less is more principle needs to be applied to the current web too. Peter is also a member of review board of IndIT - a network of independent IT experts from Eastern Europe.
Anton Titov is a software engineer with more than 15 years of experience. With his unique combination of technical and entrepreneurial skills he has co-founded numerous fast and scalable web applications. Currently he is the CTO of pCloud AG,a Swiss-based cloud storage application, which allows users to access and share files securely, everywhere. Today, pCloud boasts with a user base of 8 million people and a place among the top 5 players on the market. Before that, Titov founded, one of the leading Hosting companies in Bulgaria and served as CTO between 2004 and 2007 and CEO until 2010.
He is a mentor and member of "Investment comitee" of LAUNCHub, a startup accelerator program backed up by European Investment Fund and a member of Mensa Bulgaria and a rally driver.
Dessislava Petrova-Antonova has an engineering degree in Computer systems and technologies (2000) and PhD degree in System programming (2007) from Technical university of Sofia, Bulgaria. She was an assistant professor at Technical university of Sofia until 2008. She has joined the department of Software engineering at Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” as a researcher since 2008, where she became an associate professor in 2012.
Dessislava Petrova-Antonova delivers lectures in Software quality assurance, Distributed systems, Service-based software systems and Software testing. She supervised over 50 master’s theses in the field of software technologies and 1 PhD student, who completed PhD thesis on business process testing. Dessislava Petrova-Antonova has successfully participated in a number of European and national RTD projects (more than 30). Currently, she is coordinator of 2 projects “Big Data Innovative Solutions for Smart Cities” (Big4Smart), funded by the National Science Fund and “Systematic approach for exploration and assessment of Smart cities” (EXPRESS), funded by Science fund of Sofia University as well as work package leader of project “Big Data for Smart Society” (GATE), funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 WIDESPREAD-2016-2017 TEAMING Phase 1 programme. She is working as an IT expert within the project of Ministry of Education and Science “Building pupils' capacity and increasing motivation for learning through activities developing specific knowledge, skills and competencies”. Her research interests and strong background are in distributed systems, Big Data and software testing. She has more than 80 publications in international and national conferences and journals.
Cristina de la Maza is an Industrial Engineer in Automation and Electronics, active member of the European Cyber Security Organization (ECSO), the EIT Digital in Infrastructures and expert for ENISA, European Union Agency for Network and Information Security. She is COO of redborder being responsible for the operations of the company, as well as the interaction with European and international institutions related to Big Data and Cybersecurity. He has more than 15 years of experience in the area of Systems and Networks with experience in the multinational Fujitsu with CISCO and Microsoft technologies. She is a Master in Project Management with more than 12 years of experience in the formulation, planning, management and evaluation of R&D, innovation and entrepreneurship projects at an international, national and regional level in Europe and Latin America.
Vice Chairman of the Management Board, Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Technology and Development. Cluster Sofia Knowledge City offers a list of five main categories of products & services: 1. IT infrastructure: assembled computer systems and peripherals, office automation, contactless technologies, electronic and electrical products; 2. ITC services: information services, information networks and fund maintenance, IT consultancy, access to unified databases of legal, specialized and business information, design, development and implementation of software and information systems, system integration, outsourcing, IP PBX, Contact and data centers, backup and colocation solutions, system support, migration of database software, e-portals and platforms, multimedia platform for distribution of television, music and video content (IPTV / VOD); 3. Management information systems: software systems for process, document and asset management, ERP / CRM systems, decision support systems, customized software solutions, cloud platforms, 3D GIS / CAD solutions; 4. Business services: business planning, marketing, investment research and design, project management, organizational, management and business development, technology transfer and intellectual property consultancy, business management and reengineering, asset management, investment and fund management, Media platforms, radio, television, printed publications, event organization; 5. Education and training: Bachelor's and Master's programs in Informatics and Computer Science, Public Communication and Information Sciences, Continuing Vocational Training and International Certification in the Field of Knowledge Management and Innovation Management, Short-term Entrepreneurship and Innovation Courses and Academies, Student Practices And cooperation between business, science and universities.
Tunio Zafer is the CEO of pCloud AG - the company that develops and provides the pCloud storage platform. He has over 15 years of management and marketing experience in the field of technology, and has participated in a number of successful business projects such as MTelekom,,, Mobile Innovations JSC and others.
As a leader and manager of the successful cloud storage company, Tunio promotes innovation in areas such as security and cost-effectiveness to end users. Tunio encourages forward-thinking throughout his team, working to make a significant impact on the rapidly growing IT market, for individuals and business alike.
Oleg Camenscic will speak on his presentation for: - Gesture recognition-control systems and wearable technologies. - What is the gesture control and why it’s important to know more about this method of interaction between humans and machines. -Demonstration of gesture control by controlling a robotic manipulator. - Does our gestures need privacy and why? - Machine learning methods for gesture recognition and how to feed it with depersonalized gesture data. - Wearable technologies as potential security sensitive, personal data source.
Krasimir Kotzev is a founder of the SoCyber company which provides solutions in the cyber security field. His experience comes from his work in Hewlett-Packard, where he has started as system administrator of Linux/Unix servers. After few year he's transferred to the Network Security department working on many client's cases. Throughout the years, Mr. Kotzev was working in many companies in the field of MFA (Multi Factor Authentication) solutions, penetration testing etc. Mr. Kotzev is Cisco CCNA, Checkpoint CCSA, HP Tipping Point Expert (IPS) certified expert and has a diploma of Cybersecurity in the University of Maryland. In the last years he is mostly devoted to the ethical hacking field, due to the increased threats and risks in the internet.
Caroline Baylon is the Information Security Research Lead at AXA, where her work focuses on future trends in cyber security and technology. Prior to that, she was the lead researcher on cyber security at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London, United Kingdom. She has also served as an independent contractor for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, carrying out research projects on the activities of cyber proxy groups and on prospects for curbing the proliferation of cyber weapons. Caroline has also served as Vice President of the Center for Strategic Decision Research in Paris, France, where her work focused on cyber security and cyber defense. Caroline holds a Master of Science in Social Science of the Internet from Balliol College, University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University.
Prof. Dr. Ralf E.D. Seepold is Chair for Ubiquitous Computing at HTWG Konstanz (Germany). Ralf obtained his MSc from the University of Paderborn and his Ph.D. from the University of Tübingen. He has been working as an Associate Professor for Telecommunication Engineering and Telematics at the University Carlos III of Madrid in Spain and as Department Manager at the Computer Science Research Center (FZI) in Karlsruhe.
Ralf is Director of the Ubiquitous Computing Laboratory at HTWG where the main research lines are: Biomedical Computing, Mobile Computing, Smart Home & Living and Automotive Computing. He is contributor to several roadmaps like the cluster initiative for Smart Home & Living. He is elected Topic Group Leader of the working group on 'Modularity' in the Smart Home & Living cluster. As coordinator and principal researcher he launched several telemedicine projects on integrated eHealth and eCare services for residential infrastructures. He has given Lectures at the IEEE EMBS Summer School on Emerging Technologies and Applications in Telemedicine, in the Smart Healthcare Master at the University of Girona or for example at the doctoral course of the University of Seville. Furthermore, Ralf pushed projects on intelligent middleware and advanced services also in automotive environments and multi media service delivery as well as on embedded real time system development.
Ralf is teaching in three different degrees at HTWG, he is author and co-author of several publications and books, reviewer for EU programs and for research projects, coordinator of several ERASMUS agreements and other bilateral research and PhD-cooperation agreements on international level. Ralf severed as Chair, Steering and Program Committee member, Session organizer, Session chair and member of the review team for many national and international conferences and workshops as well as professor for international summer schools.
Information Security Professional and Entrepreneur, Auditor, Penetration Tester, Partner & Head of Operations at Seven Security Group – a specialized provider of professional services for the Information Security. Playing a key role in the company supervising delivery of all core company services: PCI DSS assessments, ISO 27001 implementation, SOC 1/2/3 auditing, all kinds of penetration testing, DDoS stress testing and vulnerability assessments.
Senior Researcher and Head of the Palermo Department of CNR. Primary experience in ICT research projects and their application in education and training contexts. He is in charge of several national and international research projects and is the author/co-author of more than 100 scientific papers. Consultant for the Italian Ministry of research, he leads several projects in the field of e-Healthcare. Contract professor at the University of Palermo.
A result driven visionary with entrepreneurial spirit and pursuit for perfection. With proven entrepreneurial track record in growing start-ups from the ground up to the million scale. Has more than 15 years of experience in company/business/team build up and management along side with web and core development, networking, server environments and building user web applications. Passionate in the process of designing, architecturing and managing projects from ideas that are extremely technologically challenging or many even believe are unrealistic, with one single goal - to turn such into a complete success. Holds a degrees in Tech from the graduated International education - M.Sc. in Digital Communications in the CAU-Kiel Germany and B.Sc. in Telecommunications and. Holds also an MCP certification and has experience in coding in various languages C/C++, PHP, JavaScript, etc as well as has deep understanding of multi-server clustered and parallel computing environments.
Dr. Athanasios Drougkas is an Officer in Network and Information Security at the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). His domains of activity in ENISA currently include cybersecurity in eHealth, the Digital Single Market and NIS industry, Cyber-insurance and security in the Finance sector. In the past he has held various positions within the ICT industry in cross-functional domains, including Project Management, Presales, R&D and Technical Consulting. Dr. Drougkas holds a BSc./MSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the National Technical University of Athens.
Pirkko Kouri, Principal Lecturer in Health Care at Savonia University of Applied Sciences, has been appointed to the board of International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH). The three-year appointment covers the period 2014–2016. ISfTeH acts as an international umbrella organisation that supports and coordinates the activities of national organisations.
Kouri is a board member and the secretary of the Finnish Society for Telemedicine & eHealth. The society is the second oldest organisation in its field, acting as an influential forerunner in telemedicine and eHealth. Kouri represents the society in ISfTeH. Kouri’s appointment to ISfTeH’s board is a notable recognition of Finnish competence. Above all, it is notable because Kouri is the first board member with a nursing background. Nursing is a central segment of health care but it has not been represented at this level before. The appointment sufficiently supports the role of Finnish health care in international eHealth duties because Kouri also acts as an invited expert in the eHealth Strategic Advisory Board of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
Dr. Mircea Adrian Focșa is Associate Professor of Medical Informatics and Biostatistics in the Department of Medical Informatics of the Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara, Romania. In 1995 he graduated the medical school in Timisoara, in 2001 received his MSc degree in Medical Informatics in Cluj Napoca and in 2008 becomes a specialist in Public Health and Healthcare Management. He took his PhD in 2007 with a dissertation on „Quality certification of EHR Systems”. From 2008 he joined an international team for developing a knowledge based clinical information systems, coordinating the ontology development and the medical algorithms implementation. In 2012 he leads the interoperability group - part of the Theme Advisory Committee for Health Services (CCTSS) of the Romanian Ministry of Health. He is the founder member and currently holds the position of President of Prorec Romania Association. He join the efforts of the Eurorec Institute for the broad adoption in Europe of the certified EHR systems. More recently, he supported the implementation for the first time in Romania of a Patient Recruitment System for clinical studies, connected to the Clinerion's global network of hospitals. Through his career he participated as a team member or a partner representative to a number of European (FP6, FP7) or National funded projects related to eHealth and eLearning domains, acting also as European expert for EHealth projects (COST, CEF-Telecom, H2020), and member of the Journal of Medical Internet Research Editorial Board. Dr. Focsa was also involved in numerous clinical research projects, in specialties like gastroenterology, neurology, cardiology or public health. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, conference papers and presentations that attracted more than 500 citations.
George Dinchev is Independent IT Expert with over 15yrs experience. His domains of activity currently include Business Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Surveys and Data Management, Data Mining. George Dinchev is Chief Executive Officer at CyberCon Organizing Committee and CEO of - a network of independent IT experts, located in Eastern Europe. The events organized by George Dinchev bring together successful freelancers, bloggers, hackers, geeks and SME who make useful systems for the people despite the corporate rules.


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