DG CONNECT together with DG HOME and the European Research Executive Agencycy (REA) have tailored for the 13th edition of the Community of Users conference three thematic sessions covering cybersecurity and digital privacy issues for secure, safe and resilient societies. Key Horizon 2020 funded projects have been invited to participate and share their knowledge with the community of users.

The cybersecurity sessions of day 1 (28 March) are focused on cybersecurity intelligence and the cybersecurity ecosystem. On day 2 (29 March) a session on the implementation of GDPR and digital privacy is organised. All sessions start with brief presentations by the speakers followed by a panel discussion.

Detailed agenda

28th March (Day 1)


13:30 - 14:15 Opening remarks

By Jean-Francois Junger, deputy Head of Unit 'Cybersecurity Technology & Capacity Building', DG CONNECT, European Commission

Session 1

14:45 - 17:15  Cybersecurity intelligence

Moderator: Evangelos Markatos, Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Crete and head of the Distributed Computing Systems Laboratory of the Institute of Computer Science (FORTH).


1. Ilias Chantzos, Senior Director EMEA and APJ, Symantec – Representing REACT EU funded project

2. Fabio Smmartino, Head of pre-sales, Kaspersky Lab Italia – Representing COMPACT EU funded project

3. Almerindo Graziano, Senior Academic, Sheffield Hallam University – Representing COMPACT EU funded project

4. Nicholas Kolokotronis, assistant professor, University of Peloponnese – Representing CyberTrust EU funded project

Session 2

14:45 - 16:15 Building a cybersecurity ecosystem to secure Europe's society

Moderator: Sebastiano Toffaletti, Secretary General European Digital SME Alliance and partner in Cyberwatching.eu


1. Rafael Tesoro Carretero, Programme Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission

2. Rodosek Gabi Dreo, Executive Director of the Research Institute CODE (Cyber Defence)  - Representing CONCORDIA EU funded pilot project

3. Géraud Canet, European Affairs Manager, CEA List Institute – Representing SPARTA EU funded pilot project

4. Douglas Wiemer, Director of Security and Crisis Management, RHEA Group – Representing ECHO EU funded pilot project

5. Lea Hemetsberger, Communications and Project Manager, Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) -  Representing CyberSec4Europe EU funded pilot project

29th March (Day 2)

Session 3

09:00 - 10:30 GDPR and privacy


1. Antonio Kung, CTO and General Manager, Trialog – Representing PDP4E EU funded project

2. Haris Mouratidis, professor of Software Systems Engineering and founding Director of the Centre for Secure, Intelligent and Usable Systems (CSIUS), University of Brighton – Representing DEFeND EU funded project

3. Angel Crumin, University of Madrid – Representing SMOOTH EU funded project

4. Ivan Gutierrez, Industrial Oriented Blockchain Researcher & Developer, Tecnalia – Representing POSEID-ON EU funded project

5. Marco Mosconi, CTO and founder MediaClinics – Representing PAPAYA EU funded project

6. Christos Xenakis, Associate Professor, Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus – Representing RECRED/ INCOGNITO EU funded project

7. Nikos Tsakalakis, Senior Research Assistant, University of Southampton – Representing FUTURETRUST EU funded project


11:00 -12:30 Closing Remarks

By Jean-Francois Junger, deputy Head of Unit 'Cybersecurity Technology & Capacity Building', DG CONNECT, European Commission

Background information

The Community of Users conference brings together practitioners, experts, industry, entrepreneurs policy-makers, scientists, and civil society organisations, citizens across EU to discuss and share experiences on how to build secure, safe and resilient societies. It also seeks to present EU funded research and innovation results to the participants of this conference and especially to practitioners and policy makers.

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