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From Security Awareness to a Security Culture: Pitfalls and Opportunities

  • BeCentral 12 Cantersteen Bruxelles, Bruxelles, 1000 Belgium (map)

"Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people.", Bruce Schneier

According to the Verizon Data Breach Report 2019, social engineering attacks have increased by 18% in the last five years. Breaches made possible by social attacks now constitute 33% of the total number.

Research points to users being significantly more susceptible to social attacks they receive on mobile devices. This is the case for email-based spear phishing, spoofing attacks that attempt to mimic legitimate webpages, as well as attacks via social media. - Verizon DBIR 2019

Is organising an annual or bi-annual security awareness campaign sufficient enough in addressing the human factor vulnerabilities which may lead to data breaches?

How do organisations succeed in lowering the click rates during phishing campaigns, and how can progress be measured? Are there rules of thumb in creating a security culture - where staff, partners and all stakeholders become the best line of defense for any organisation?

Join us in a lively discussion, with our panel of speakers coming from different sectors - who will share their experiences, successes and challenges.

The program will be as follows:

  • 18h00 Networking with drinks and finger-food

  • 18h30 Start of Event: Welcome Words

  • 18h45-19h30 Presentations (Each speaker will have about 10-12 minutes to talk about their experience in organising, creating and evaluating cyber campaigns.)

  • 19h30-19h55 Discussion and Q&A

  • 19h55-20h Wrap-up and Takeaway

  • 20h-20h30 Networking

Our speakers are:

Leila Taghizadeh

Leila is a passionate learner and teacher! She has a heart for science and bunches of other things including Cyber Security! Currently, she leads security awareness at Euroclear. Working at Cyber Security gives her fulfillment feeling, as she helps individuals in improve their life quality. She uses design thinking and agile to help entrepreneurs shaping their ideas, and setting up their businesses. She has a PhD in physics and an Executive MBA from the second best world class program, Trium.

Denislava Simeonova

Denislava Simeonova is a communication expert with more than 20 years of experience in non-profit, media, public and private sectors. Currently, she is Communication Officer in the Informatics Directorate of the European Commission and is contributing to its cyber awareness activities. In 2015 Deni was member of the team which carried out the first fake phishing campaign to all Commission staff, analyzing results and drawing conclusions from this large scale training exercise. The campaign laid the foundations of the current Cyber Aware program, which was established to continuously educate and raise cyber awareness in the Commission

Ann Mennens

Ann Mennens is working in the IT Security Directorate of the Informatics Directorate General (DIGIT) of the European Commission. She manages the corporate Cyber Aware Programme, aimed at enhancing the skills and knowledge of the Commission staff on issues related to cyber security and secure use of IT systems. Objective is to promote and support a culture of cyberhygiene throughout the institution.
Ann is also in charge of the network of Local Informatics Security Officers (LISO) in the Commission and is dealing with training and communication on cybersecurity.

Before joining the Commission in July 2016, Ann Mennens was since 2011the Manager of the Belgian Cybercrime Centre of Excellence for Training, Research and Education (B-CCENTRE), from within the KU Leuven. As such, she coordinated the activities of several academic research groups, public sector bodies and businesses in Belgium dealing with cybercrime and cybersecurity.
She is one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Belgian Cyber Security Coalition in 2014, a coalition of public authorities, the academic world and the business sector joining forces against cybercrime in Belgium. She is an active member of the Awareness Raising working group of the Coalition.

Emmanuel Nicaise

Emmanuel is a seasoned security professional and psychologist specializing in human-centric enterprise security. He's combining 25 years of experience in IT (Network, systems & web development), in corporate security (Information, cyber, operational and physical security) and in psychology (Master in clinical psychology, a decade of work as psychotherapist and an ongoing PhD on the social cognition of trust and vigilance in the digital age) to help companies foster a better security culture and transform into a more efficient security organization.