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What are the lessons from state-of-the-art Hostage Negotiation and Critical Incident Handling via law enforcement and other global expert geopolitical and terrorist incident handlers that can be applied to cyber-attacks and incidents? Are we ready to support our C-suite, board executives and businesses through an extortion incident? When a major crypto-malware strikes a client, are we ready? Do we understand the psychology of our opponents during an incident? Are we truly engaged using all our resources to derive maximum harm mitigation and optimal outcomes? When things go really really wrong, do we know where, how and who to go for help supporting us through a stressful time?

Cyberwayfinder has the pleasure to host InterVentis Global's Calvin Chrustie (formerly Senior Director Operations for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police), Schmulik ZoltakTimo der Weduwen and team to walk us through this sea-change in our approach to cyber incident handling. Join us for a pre-meeting networking session, a presentation, an open forum and lively debate and discussion about how ‘real-world’ crises and critical incident negotiation and handling as it applies to cyber and security. We want you voices and feedback and challenges, please come prepared with the tough questions!

* “Ransomware attacks … account for nearly 24 percent of incidents where malware was used. Ransomware has become so commonplace … a serious threat to all industries. …
C-level executives were twelve times more likely to be the target of social incidents and nine times more likely to be the target of social breaches … financial social engineering attacks… that compromised executives rose ...”-2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report

InterVentis Global Profile

InterVentis Global is a group of internationally recognized crisis negotiators, specializing in hostage takings, (cyber) extortions and kidnapping. They have decades of experience dealing with some of the worlds most difficult and high risk negotiations with criminals and terrorists. They have taught, coached and advised corporate and government leaders for several decades while serving in the police, military and private sectors. Three of the team members are joining us in Brussels to further the interconnectivity between cyber security managers and crisis negotiators, with the aim of infusing the cyber responses with the proven and sophisticated techniques of international crisis negotiations.

Shmulik Zoltak, M.A. - former Commander of the Israeli National Police Crisis Negotiation Team for 15 years and retired in recent years and is a founding member of InterVentis Global. He is recognized internationally in the field of Crisis Negotiations with extensive background extortions, kidnapping and related crisis negotiations and the management of these incidents. In addition to being trained in Israel, he is a graduate of the FBI Hostage Program, and a certified clinical psychologist, has consulted and taught around the world, including recently in the cyber world. He is currently based in Tel Aviv.

Timo der Weduwen - MA - formerly a United Nations senior security official and the resident-expert in hostage negotiations, has led, coached, managed and advised senior leaders around the world in the field of kidnap, hostage and extortion negotiations. He is a graduate of Scotland Yards Hostage Negotiation Program and has led the largest negotiation team in the Netherlands police. He has extensive global experience in the field of negotiations with criminals and terrorist entities. He is currently a founding member of InterVentis Global based in New York.

Calvin Chrustie, LLM - formerly the Team Leader of Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s (RCMP) International Negotiation Team. A team designed to respond top international kidnap and crisis situations involving criminals and terrorist groups. In addition to his negotiation training with the RCMP, he is a graduate of both the FBI’s and Scotland Yard’s Hostage Negotiation Programs. He has extensive experience negotiating and managing kidnap and extortion incidents. He is currently based in Vancouver, Canada.

Two other members of InterVentis Global not appearing in Brussels include, Marc Varri, a former FBI agent, well known internationally for his experience in managing kidnap and extortion cases, with extensive experience in crisis management. Marc is currently based in Madrid. And Moty Cristal, MPA, LLB, who is the former Commander of the Israelis Military Crisis Negotiation and internationally recognized as leading in the development of cyber and extortion negotiations. Moty is based in Tel Aviv.

Date And Time

Thu, July 11, 2019

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM CEST

Location: BeCentral 10-12 Cantersteen, 1000 Bruxelles


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"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.

Thursday, June 13 2019

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CET

Location: BeCentral 10-12 Cantersteen, 1000 Bruxelles



past events


Join the CyberWayFinder community on 14 March, 2019 for an exciting discussion around Cyber Threat Intelligence. Our speaker is Becky Pinkard, VP, IT and Intelligence at Digital Shadows, is a renowned practitioner and commentator on the information security sector who has been working in information technology since 1996.

A security transformation expert, Becky has built and managed global information security teams, designed risk and compliance strategies, led security audits and assessments, and developed security awareness training in small and large environments. She began her current role with Digital Shadows in December, 2015.

Becky was a SANS Institute certified instructor for over a decade, beginning her training career with SANS in 2001. She has also served as a GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst advisory board member and on the Strategic Advisory Council for the Center for Internet Security. Becky has co-authored "Nmap in the Enterprise" and "Intrusion Prevention and Active Response, Deploying Network and Host IPS".

Thursday, March 14 2019

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CET

Location: BeCentral 10-12 Cantersteen, 1000 Bruxelles**

+ Re-thinkng The Human Factor in Cybersecurity: CWF FORUM


Join author Bruce Hallas on the 27th as he shares some of his findings described in his newest book, Re-Thinking The Human Factor. A book singing will follow the reading.

What makes humanity great is the root cause behind why people are the weakest link when it comes to security. It’s a biological fact! On a deeply personal level Bruce has faith in humanity. But is this belief rational? Or, more to the point, is there evidence to back this belief up?

These questions will be tackled by Bruce in this new edition of CWF's forum. He will share a part of what he discovered as part of his Re-thinking the Human Factor research project. Including, one of the fundamental limitations in CS, in nearly every effort to date to drive positive security behaviours.

Wednesday, February 27 2019

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: BeCentral 10-12 Cantersteen, 1000 Bruxelles

+ Cyber Diplomacy - Can we hope to succeed in this? : CWF TALKS


The internet is an infrastructure not only dominated by people, companies and criminals, but also by nation states. The way in which countries have been engaging with cyberspace, will likely have a lasting impact on the internet. Efforts to establish global norms of state behavior in cyberspace have had mixed results, and have spurred numerous discussions in the international fora. Our speaker will provide insights on this global debate, and shed light to developments of international law on cyber conflict.

Come and join us for a talk, and fireside chat, with Nathalie Van Raemdonck of the EU Institute of Security Studies - facilitated by Rosanna Kurrer of CWF.

Nathalie Van Raemdonck – associate analyst in the field of Cyber Diplomacy at EU Institute for Security Studies. Nathalie has worked across a number of prominent cyber security roles in her home country of Belgium. She is currently tasked with research, policy analysis and outreach activities for the EU Cyber Direct project, supporting EU cyber diplomacy efforts. She has recently been included in SCMagazine's Top 50 most influential women in cyber security UK.

Wednesday, December 20 2018

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM CET

Location: BeCentral 10-12 Cantersteen, 1000 Bruxelles

+ Paying It Forward; Women in Cybersecurity who help strengthen the internet


"Behind every great man, there's a great woman cleaning up the mess"

Women are often the silent driving forces behind great things happening, in cybersecurity this is no different. For its next Women in Cybersecurity meetup, CyberWayFinder would like to put the spotlight on those women sacrificing their time, energy and patience and listen to their motivations and drive to help strengthen the internet.

We will have a panel discussion with a few warriors for the good cause, followed by some networking with other women in cybersecurity.

Stella Dineva had started her IT career in communications technologies and security. Assuming early responsibilities for governmental Network Security Administration in her home country of Bulgaria, Stella has had the opportunity to demonstrate not only her Technical prowess but, steadily, growing into an experienced, all round Information Security Manager with Security contributions within the Financial Industry.

Since her days at ING, Stella has pioneered the development of communities that strengthen, engage and motivate Women in IT and her drive to see a fair and equal opportunities workplace has led her to contribute assume a seat role at the Ingenico’s Women Network board and a within the Belgian OWASP chapter.Outside work Stella is a mother, wife and video game enthusiast.

Stephanie Vanroelen is passionate about security. She has multiple years of experience as a penetration tester and security researcher. She often gives talks and trainings to other security professionals. Stephanie is a co-organizer of BruCON, the Belgian based annual Hacker and security conference, and founder of cyberSKool, teaching kids IT security awareness and hacking by doing STEM related activities.

Program:18h30: arrival, snacks and drinks will be provided19h30: panel discussion20h15: networking

Wednesday, November 21 2018

6:30 PM 10:00 PM

Location: BeCentral 10-12 Cantersteen, 1000 Bruxelles

+ CWF's Welcoming Event


Have you felt like it’s the perfect time to level up in your career? If so, CWF is inviting all women, regardless of their educational or professional background, to our welcoming event on the 10th of September.

During this event we aim to explain the ‘how and why’ CyberWayFinder is helping you to succeed in this thrilling field, answer all your questions as well as explaining profoundly what it means to be a cybersecurity practitioner. On top of that, you'll have the chance to meet current CWF participants.The event will start with a presentation, which covers the following: - A detailed explanation about the program- Explaining the role of a cybersecurity professional- Explaining the application process

Monday, September 10 2018

6:45 PM 8:00 PM

Location: BeCentral 10-12 Cantersteen, 1000 Bruxelles

+ Friends of Women in Cybersecurity Meetup: Phedra Clouner & Marijke Vinck

======================================================================== ** Women in Cybersecurity are a rare breed in Belgium. Less than 7% of the industry is female!

On the second Women in Cybersecurity meetup organized by CyberWayFinder, we invite all women, men and those in between to become friends with other women in cybersecurity and strengthen the network.

For this meetup, we also invited two very remarkable women in cybersecurity to speak:

Phedra Clouner is the Deputy-Director of the Centre for Cybersecurity Belgium (CCB). Originally a Historian, Phedra specialized in document management and archiving. Her interest in securing information led her onto the path of cybersecurity, first as an information security officer at the ministry of Justice, and later setting up the national cybersecurity centre at the Prime Minister office. Not only is she now a subject matter expert, Phedra excells in her job through her way of communicating. A charming and enthusiastic speaker, "il faut ajouter des strass et des paillettes" is how she navigates with difficult policy matters.

Marijke Vinck is the Head of Operations for EY's Cyber Centre of Excellence. Starting out as a linguist, Marijke soon discovered how she could apply those skills in speech technology and artificial intelligence. After she took a seat at EY's EMEA Leadership team, she followed her passion for Cyber and helped set up EY's Cyber Centre of Excellence.

Phedra and Marijke will speak about their careers in cybersecurity, how they've leveraged their diversity in mindset and used it to their advantage in the cybersecurity workplace.

All welcome to join for a drink, a bite and some networking at the BeCentral Co-working space!

Monday, May 14 2018

6:30 PM 9:30 PM

Location: BeCentral 10-12 Cantersteen, 1000 Bruxelles