MEET THE LECTURERS 2019
Aleksandar is currently employed as the Expert Advisor to the Director General of the Communications Regulatory Agency Bosnia and Herzegovina, from December 2017.
Aleksandar was EU Marie Curie Fellow on the EU FP7 project ADVANTAGE on 5G and Smart Technologies and he was employed in the Working Group 1 at the University of Novi Sad (Serbia).
Besides, in January 2017, Aleksandar joined governance boards of the largest world’s professional organization: IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) serving in the Publications Services and Products Board and a few working groups and committees on a global level: IEEE Young Professionals Committee, IEEE Platform Guidance Group, IEEE Internet of Things Standards Steering Committee and many others OUs.
He was awarded a grant from IEEE Communications Society for 1st Summer School for 30 best Ph.D. students in Telecommunications worldwide in 2015. He was one of 19 members in the international expert group in IEEE for creating the trend/survey paper describing movement in the technology world: “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Applied in Cybersecurity“ .
Aleksandar is the project leader of many past and actual international, regional and domestic projects related with Smart Cities, Smart Grid and Emergency Communications, including the lead engineer role in the EU Interreg MED Esmartcities project which established the first full operated Smart Cities service in the Western Balkans region in East Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Aleksandar is also a Distinguished Lecturer of Friedrich Naumann Foundation on Smart Technologies, Smart and Responsive Cities topics. He is also co-founder of Smart Cities Education Initiative in Western Balkans region as the representative of the IEEE partner, together with representatives of Friedrich Naumann Foundation. He has participated as the young global leader for the G20 Global Solutions.
Aleksandar is TEDx speaker at the TEDxFerhadija event in Sarajevo with the topic “Smart Cities for Smart Society”.
Ana-Maria Matejić is a senior consultant in the information security industry, heading Xelerate – an Eastern Europe-based security management and strategy consulting firm. Previously, Ana was establishing and managing Eastern Europe business for various cyber security NASDAQ companies with her early career roots being in the “hands-on” technologies implementation.
Ana is a frequent speaker at international events where she usually keeps the audience busy listening to case studies from the various cyber security projects she is leading for international organizations in finance and telco industries.
Arpad graduated as an engineer from Szent István University in 1992. He extended his education with various commercial and financial certificates after that. During his career he served as territory manager in food, logistics and electronic industries.
He joined Kaspersky in 2018 and currently he is consulting enterprise customers on their IT Security strategy. His role includes to stay current with latest information security trends, technologies, and develop markets, serve as trusted security advisor for large corporations.
He started in cybersecurity industry with leading IT Security vendor, McAfee and estabilished first Eastern European operation in year 2000. He had been leading the representation office for 18 years. As a result of his achievements the corporation put the ex-Yugoslavian countries under his leadership.
Balázs is a Penetration tester, Researcher and SQL FAN. He has always had a strong fascination with Network Security (esp. Layer 2), MsSQL related security issues, and he is also interested in exploit development. He started his career in IT Security field 17 years ago with Reverse Engineering. Now he performs web application tests, exploit developments, infrastructure tests and configuration reviews. Sometimes he is asked for an MsSQL Performance Tuning project. He spends his free time with developing his ability in kernel exploits field, hiking, or playing table-tennis. Balázs proudly holds the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), MsSQL 2012 MCSA, MsSQL 2008 MCTS.
Barbara’s path in IT started as a technician at an early age, back in 1998, in the Culture and Congress Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her passion was and still is to gather profound understanding of IT’s versatile and increasingly important role in today’s world and society.
After 10 years of working extensively in IT, from a project manager to demanding sales positions, she has recently joined the global cyber security company F-Secure. Her objective is to specialize holistically in cyber security.
Bindu Channaveerappa is a Business Analysis Consultant who is qualified from IIBA and BCS. Delivering business analysis services across various business domains, Bindu is enthusiastic about her profession and is also the Director for IIBA UK London Communities. Recognising the need for cybersecurity analysis, Bindu proactively studied Security Management and since has become a keen advocate to make cybersecurity inclusive within the business analysis. She is part of the IIBA Int’l Cybersecurity Certification team authoring the IIBA Cybersecurity Certification curriculum and has been interviewed by the “BA Lens – The official IIBA magazine of Thought Leadership”, highlighting the importance of cybersecurity analysis.
Bojan is the Chief Technical Officer at INFIGO IS, a security company based in Croatia (and recently UAE). He also leads the penetration testing team in INFIGO.
Bojan graduated in 1998 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, and holds B.S in Engineering, with specialization in computer sciences.
Couple of years after graduation Bojan moved to New Zealand for 5 years where he worked as a Security Officer at the University of Auckland, which is the biggest university in New Zealand.
Bojan is very passionate about security - network, web, mobile, IoT - you name it, he wants to break it, if possible. He is a regular speaker at conferences in the region and also used to write a lot for local IT magazines about security.
Bojan hold numerous certifications, including GCIA, GCIH, GWAPT, GXPN, GMOB, GMON, GREM, GCFA as well as CISSP.
Bojan is also a senior SANS Internet Storm Center handler and, when time permits, he publishes diaries about various exotic security issues that he encounters during security assessments, or about analyzed attacks and malware.
Boris is an openminded specialist and analyst at Excello/Virusfree with 10+ years of background in the IT security. Starting as a common sysadmin he soon became as a cybersecurity analyst and lecturer at Zone-H/Security Lab. After a short period being a freelancer he moved to Excello where he is now threathunting and helps also as auditor.
Daniel is a security consultant who has worked in the IT Security sector since the beginning of his career, covering fields such as security compliance, network security, PKI infrastructure and Big Data, in fields ranging from telecommunications to banking and online services. After working in companies such as Accenture and Entrust Datacard and with important clients in several countries such as Canada, Italy and the UK, he now helps businesses remain safe by implementing ICT security practices, leading them from the initial requirements analysis to the final implementation steps. Daniel is also a member of the security team at 1Password, a leading password management service, where he oversees DevOps practices and system security. He now lives in Slovenia with his wife and dog, learning the language and practicing his Gorenjska accent.
Emir’s 25 years of work has been balanced between engineering, consulting account management, and travel. During that time, he did business in over 20 countries. At the beginning engineering work was focused on protecting at that time second biggest Internet Backbone, AS 3561, while as advisory board member at multiple startups he helped define and formalize engineering requirements for different security solutions. Middle part of his career was focused on providing technical solution for complex ICT projects in CEE working for T-Systems. Last 4+ years Emir is working for Qualys where his passion is to develop strategies which help CIOs and CISO.s of large enterprises and Government agencies to bring security to the new level. He has worked with hundreds of clients across government, retail, banking, insurance, and others to improve their IT visibility, security and compliance posture.
Ian has been in the security industry for over a decade and is responsible for many global sales Initiatives from end point to detection and response as well as specializing in cloud solutions for environments such as Salesforce. A knowledge of customer needs and industry trends has enable Ian to be multi-linguistic in marketing and sales, tech, training, coaching, mentoring, motivating and social media among many other things.
James Bore is a cyber security expert and enthusiast working with Dzing Finance, building up and ensuring the governance and underlying technologies required to protect their customers. He knows that, in an ever-changing and growing landscape of threats and opportunities, security experts must constantly strive to keep up with and protect against attackers. James holds, appropriately, a MSc in Cyber Security from Northumbria University and writes a regular article series for Circuit Magazine introducing physical security specialists to the world of cyber.
Jan Harrie is a security analyst of the German IT security provider ERNW Enno Rey Netzwerke GmbH. He has over 5 years of experience in cyber security from a builder as well as from a breaker perspective. He designs software lifecycles, performs trainings, audits infrastructures, conducts penetration tests and defines risk reduction strategies for modern IT landscapes.
John Wilkinson is a Partner in EY Forensics & Integrity based in Prague, leading EY Forensics businesses in Central Europe and EY’s Transaction Forensics propositions globally. John was also Forensic Services partner at one of a Big 4 firm and was based in four separate locations within the firm (London, Zurich, Moscow and Dubai) but have worked in many different territories. From 2004 to 2008 he led Forensic Services in Continental Europe. From 2008 to 2012 he led the development of Forensics businesses in Central & Eastern Europe and between 2012 and 2018 he was the Senior Forensics Partner for the Middle East region where he built a team of over 50 full-time dedicated forensics professionals covering forensic investigations, corporate intelligence on businesses and individuals, forensic technology and cybercrime investigations and disputes/litigation support.
John has 22+ years experienced of leading major, complex investigations globally, in particular in the financial services, energy and industrial products sectors and covering diverse aspects of financial crime; bribery & corruption; and board, management and employee wrongdoing. For the past 10 years, aside from major, complex investigations his particular focus has been providing Expert Witness support in litigation & arbitration covering in particular construction and shareholder/transactional disputes where he was asked to assess or advise on the quantum of loss. In this role he had the pleasure of working together with many leading law firms and arbitration/disputes practitioners.
Founder of the innovative company Via Virtuosa, which focuses on scouting and promotion of expertises in Cybersecurity and IT governance in NE of Italy. Graduated in Computer Science (1989. Milan), CISA, ISO 27001 and ITIL V3 certified and other tech certifications. Focused on Cybersecurity since 2000 and lecturer in some seminars about this topic.
ISACA Venice Board Member, Member Club Bit, AIP, AIPSI Founder IT CLUB FVG and Cyber Secuirty Angels Alliance (CSA).
ISACA VENICE research team coordinator for ISACA VENICE CHAPTER Book n.1: Vulnerability and Penetration Test. User’s guidelines about third party penetration test. Book n.5: Cyber Security Awareness of N/E Italian Critical Infrastructures: Scenarios and Guidelines for self-assessment. Member of ISACA VENICE Chapter Translation team for Book “Securing Mobile Devices – ITA.
VIA VIRTUOSA Published White Papers: Cybersecurity Risk Insurance» (2017) and L’errore umano negli incidenti informatici e nella perdita dei dati sensibili (2019)
Luka Milinković has many years of experience in controlling and managing of IT security risks through the development of new solutions and performing IT audits. Luka has participated in various projects such as development and implementation of crypto algorithms and protocols, authentication methods, blockchain technology, application of AI & ML in business, implementation of models for the automatic detection of internal/external fraudulent acts, digital payment systems and data protection. Luka has experience in defining and improving the developing ITIL processes and IT controls, strategic IT management, IT and security risk management. Luka is a senior IS auditor at NLB Bank Belgrade and responsible for audits of IT processes, security and application controls. Luka is the author of numerous scientific papers, which were published at the international conferences and professional articles in the field of IT business and data protection. His passions are cryptography, authentication algorithms, blockchain, security design and Lego.
Mane Piperevski is security expert with over 10 years of experience and expertise in field of Ethical Hacking/Penetration Testing and ICT Forensics. He works currently as CEO and IT Security Consultant at Piperevski&Associates and he is also contributor to open software security community as OWASP Chapter Leader for Macedonia. Recently published white papers “Hacker Attacks - Undetectable attacks from trojans with reverse communication” and “Hacking Attacks - Security Threats in IPv6 networks”. Holder of numerous security certifications (C|EH, E|CSA, C|HFI, E|CIH, E|CSP .NET, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, C|EI, MCT) and Europe highly ranged Cyber Crime instructor and trainer.
Matthias Luft is a Principal Platform Security Engineer at Salesforce Heroku. After more than 10 years in IT Security, he is still excited about a broad range of topics (from hypervisor security to IT security management) and has presented on them on various occasions. Currently he works on container and cloud security topics.
Michele Barbiero is the General Manager of CREAplus Italy. Graduated in Management Engineering, he gained several years of experience as a Sales & Marketing Director in a worldwide region. The continous active presence on the cyber security market lead him to a position to act as a cybersecurity expert and a pioneer in creating solutions for encrypted communication and endpoint protection. Today among others he advises on solutions also for monitoring networks and preventing cyber attacks.
Mikko Hypponen is a worldwide authority on computer security and the Chief Research Officer of F-Secure. He has written on his research for the New York Times, Wired and Scientific American and lectured at the universities of Oxford, Stanford and Cambridge. He sits in the advisory boards of EUROPOL and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. https://mikko.hypponen.com
Nebojša Bulatović is principal security consultant in Euridica Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and internal IT auditor in SWIFT service bureau CiS (Slovenia, Serbia). He graduated at Electrotechnical faculty in Banja Luka and holds CISA certificate (2005), CISM certificate (2007). During career in Logos, Sberbank, Asseco, Bravo-systems he worked on numerous demanding projects in the region and USA. Recently, he is focused on security and IT audit, directing or leading Governance-Risk-Compliance implementations, Cyber/security assessments, penetration testing and software audit projects. He is actively using COBIT, COSO, NIST, SWIFT CSP, ISO2700x, ISO20000, ISO31000, GDPR, ISAE3402, ISO330xx in information security and processes audit. Most references are demanding software projects, governance, compliance and risk management implementations, information system audit, security assessments and penetration testing projects.
Nebojša Cvijetić is Information Security Leader in international retail chain Ahold Delhaize Group, for the last 7 years. Also, he works as a part-time information security/privacy consultant. With over 25 years of IT experience, he has broad knowledge and expertise of information systems in a variety of IT domains, including IT consulting, Information security, Information systems design and development, application development, and project management. Also, Nebojša held position of Head of IT audit and advisory in Ernst&Young East Europe being engaged on the projects like SOX implementation, IT due-diligence, regulatory compliance, IT audit and advisory. Following a four-year engagement as a Chief Information Officer/Security Officer in Mercedes-Benz Serbia, he worked on IT strategy and roadmap together with rest of European colleagues. During his working career, he has been working for the companies in Europe and USA. Golden Member of ISACA, co-founder of Belgrade ISACA chapter and CISA/CISM/GSEC certified.
Nick is a software engineer, computer security practitioner, and public interest technologist with a focus on privacy rights, infosec and the WWW. He's worked for the Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights, BV-Tech and Secure Network Srl.
Pete Finnigan is one of the most well known experts in database security. Pete Finnigan created the SANS Oracle security step-by-step guide and the CIS Oracle benchmark used by NIST, USA DoD and more is a reference to secure Oracle databases. Pete worked out the mechanisms that Oracle used to protect PL/SQL and showed how they can be easily defeated at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas in 2006. Pete has published multiple books on databases security and speaks and publishes papers regularly. His company also produces the tool PFCLScan used to protect Oracle databases.
After creating digital customer experiences as a consultant for a CRM company, Raphael Schaad founded the first sausage studio in the world where he has teached people how to make their own sausages. While he was teaching the art of sausages his digital heart was bored so he started to experiment with this fresh new technology called smartspeaker. 2017 he finally sold his sausage business and started to consult and coach about the opportunities of voice marketing.
Robert Lejnert is a Data Management Solutions Consultant. He has been working for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Micro Focus for 15 years, currently responsible for key customers in Central and Eastern Europe.
Robert is now focusing on big data and information processing projects in the context of their business analysis and protection. He has extensive knowledge of information management and governance solutions as well as data preserving and protection, archiving, eDiscovery and content management for structured and unstructured data repositories.
Sherri Flynn, MCBP, CISM – RecoveryPlanner, BC Planner / Sr. RPX Specialist As a Master Business Continuity Planner with RecoveryPlanner, Sherri Flynn provides consulting services on Business Continuity Management, Plan development and design, Incident Response Program Management, and Vendor Management. She will bring her 20 years + experience as group facilitator training all levels of employees, strategic committees and Boards to this interactive session. Prior to joining RecoveryPlanner, Ms. Flynn was Director, Compliance Services and Chief Compliance Officer for an outsourced IT service provider. In this role she provided consultative services around FFIEC regulatory compliance rules and regulations, including Vendor Management, BCP, IT Risk Assessment, Data Classification/Asset Management, Training and Project Management. Her responsibilities included delivering onsite support and training in the areas of compliance management, providing clients with consulting and support in preparation for state and federal audits, including Safety and Soundness exams.
Vladimir Arshinov, Chief Information Officer at Slovenian Steel Group. Vladimir Arshinov has more than 15 years of industry experience in the metals industry. Prior to his current position, he held positions in various fields including project manager, SCM director, chief of the development department and software developer. Vladimir has extensive international experience in commissioning metal plants.
Experienced Technical Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in all segments of the IT industry - customers, vendors and IT partners as well. His main focus area is cloud solutions, however he has been participating in many Hybrid and On-Premises projects during his carrer. He gained experience in Eastern European Security projects and currently supports as a Solution Sales Manager 6 Eastern European countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia).