17 November, Sofia Event Center
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The event

Every year companies around the world invest hundreds of billions of dollars in cybersecurity — yet cyber attacks and massive data breaches are still a regular occurrence. According to data from Cybersecurity Ventures, cybersecurity spending for the five years leading up to 2021 is expected to exceed $1 trillion but the annual global losses from cyber attacks is expected to hit $6 trillion by the same year. Venture capitalists poured an unprecedented $5.3 billion of funding into cybersecurity companies in 2018. Yet during the same time period, the number of security breaches increased exponentially. The amount of exposed data resulted in a crisis of global scale.  

Arguably, cybersecurity is one of the most important industries in the next millennium—where the consequences of failure range from loss of trust and business to terrorism or nation-state espionage.


Not all companies and government actors are prepared for the cybersecurity threats of the future. And even those who think they are - can never be prepared enough for the ever-evolving threats and infinite number of vulnerabilities that enterprises must attempt to defend. 

The keyword here is resilience, and the notion that software is not the only solution. After all, humans are the most vulnerable access point for a breach and information is key in building capacity to cope with an increasingly complex landscape. 

In this context, the Cybersecurity and Data Protection Forum will bring together business executives, legal executives and cybersecurity professionals to discuss the most recent trends and threats.

  • New models of cybersecurity - getting ready for the future
  • Creating compelling security strategies
  • Converging cybersecurity, business strategy and the legal point of view 
  • High risk industries & supply chain risk management
  • Regulations and their business impact - GDPR, CCPA, ePrivacy and beyond
  • Practical preparation steps for emerging trends and technologies - ML, AI, IoT, 5G  
  • Protecting the cloud and critical infrastructure 
  • Security and privacy implications of blockchain
  • Bulgaria’s cyber security strategy
  • Leadership vision and increasing cybersecurity awareness throughout the organisation

Keynote talks and discussion sessions on stage
Online sessions
Networking sessions

The Cybersecurity and Data Protection Forum will be a hybrid event.
Hybrid events are a mix of traditional and digital events. Participants have the choice to attend the event in person on the spot and take full advantage of the live show and networking opportunities, or to watch the event online. Part of the speakers will join online and some will participate live. Online watchers will have access to a digital goodie bag with exclusive content from the speakers and the sponsors, and to networking tools. 

November 17th, 2020 
Sofia Event Center and online


Early Bird Ticket (before August 20th, 2020): 150 BGN (VAT excl)
Regular Ticket: 220 BGN (VAT excl.)

Online tickets will be available in August


  • Mariyana Nikolova

    Mariyana Nikolova Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy; Chairwoman of the Cybersecurity Council

    Mariyana Nikolova was voted in office as Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy on 21 November 2018 by the 44th National Assembly. Since May 2017 she is chief of staff of the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy. Lecturer at the Public Administration Institute at the Council of Ministers. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Law from the New Bulgarian University and established herself as a jurist with considerable experience in the public sector. Mariyana Nikolova has acquired Master’s degrees in "Public Administration and Administrative Practices" and "Law of the European Union" from the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", as well as a Master’s degree in "Economic Management" from Veliko Tarnovo University "St. St. Cyril and Methodius". Shas participated in a number of trainings and specializations in EU member states and at the EIPA - European Institute of Public Administration, the Netherlands; Diploma in "European Union Law", France, "HAUS" - Finnish Institute of Public Management, the European Academy on Taxes, Economics, and Law, Germany, as well as in Austria and the United Kingdom. She has considerable contribution to the drafting of the currently functioning legal base in the field of administrative service of the Republic of Bulgaria. She was a lawyer with the Sofia Bar Association, as well as a juristconsult at "Toploficatsia Sofia" SMLLC. She has served at various expert positions with the Ministry for the State Administration and Administrative Reform. She has worked in leadership positions, including as a Director of Directorate "Legal and Regulatory Affairs" at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. She was also selected for a member of the Management Board of the State Fund "Agriculture". She has worked at the State Agency for metrology and technical supervision at the Ministry of Economy. She served as Head of Unit "Contractual and Legal Protection" at the "National Electrical Company" SMLLC.
  • Lajos Antal

    Lajos Antal Partner, Deloitte Zrt.

    Lajos is head of the Hungarian Deloitte Cyber Risk Services team. Lajos has over 20 years Big4 Security Consulting experience. He led and performed high number of security penetration tests primarily for clients across Europe. He also led many large scale IT security risk assessment project as well as high number of forensic engagements, including computer forensic exercises and investigations. He primarily dealt with economic crimes, e.g. bribery and various types of frauds and misconducts. Lajos as the leader of the Cyber Risk Services practice of Deloitte in Central Europe co-ordinates the activities around core services, such as asset protection, payment card industry data security standard, computer forensics and security transformation. He and his team focus on mission critical highly sensitive systems security. Engagements he managed contain security penetration tests, compliance audits and security incidents responses.
  • Dr. Felix Greve

    Dr. Felix Greve Co-Founder and Head of Legal, Compliance and Information Security, Vereign AG

    Dr. Felix Greve is a German lawyer primarily specialised on the intersection of IT and law. During his professional career he has also been the Chief Information Security Officer of a world wide leading logistics company. Today, he is a Co-Founder of Vereign AG, an Open Source enterprise. Vereign has the overall goal to add a federated layer of trust and authenticity to digital identities, starting with email and documents.
  • Vihren Slavchev

    Vihren Slavchev CEO, Mnemonica

    Vihren Slavchev is the CEO of Mnemonica. He has over 15 years of IT and Management experience, gathered in the software development, real estate and the financial sectors. From 2009 until now partnering with a great team of professionals, Vihren keeps on growing one of the most dynamic and successful Bulgarian IT companies. He graduated from Varna Technical University, majoring "Automation and Management Systems".
  • Ramses Gallego

    Ramses Gallego Security, Risk and Governance International Director, Micro Focus

    With a background education in Business Administration (MBA) and Law, Ramsés is a +22 years security professional with deep expertise in the Risk Management and Governance areas. Ramsés is now Security, Risk and Governance International Director with Micro Focus where he defines the vision and mission, purpose and promise of the company in that arena. He also ensures the proper execution of the department. He has previously been Strategist & Evangelist at the Office of the CTO in Symantec. Before, he was at Dell Security and CA Technologies for 5 and 8 years respectively, he was Regional Manager for SurfControl in Spain and Portugal, and also Chief Strategy Officer of the Security and Risk Management practice at Entelgy. Ramsés served for three years in ISACA’s CISM and CGEIT Certification Committees and also in the the Guidance & Practices Committee for three years from where deliverables are created for the community. He is honored to have been the Chair for ISACA’s ISRM Conference and part of the Program Committee for the events SecureCloud 2010 and 2012. He is now Immediate Past President at the ISACA Barcelona Chapter and played an instrumental role in the Planning Committee that prepared first-ever ISACA's World Congress in Washington, June 2011. He has also been part of the ISACA's CISM PATF Task Force. Ramsés believes that a revolution (rather than an evolution) is needed when considering the move from technology to enterprise risk and that the cloud dimension offers incredible opportunities for businesses today. Ramsés thinks that Governance is essential to facilitate innovation in this changing business environment and holds many certifications that combine different knowledge areas and broaden his vision on technology within the marketplace. Ramsés is a CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), CGEIT (Certified in the Governance of the Enterprise IT) and a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional). He is the proud owner of the SCPM (Stanford Certified Project Manager) from Stanford University, California, one of the first experts with the CCSK (Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge) and also an ITIL and COBIT Foundations certified professional. He develops results-oriented, business-focused, people-driven projects due to his Six Sigma Black Belt accreditation. An internationally recognized public speaker, has visited +25 different countries in the past 12 months and has been awarded 'Best Speaker' many times. He received the John Kuyers Award for Best Speaker/Conference Contributor in June 2013. He has been named 'Privacy by Design Ambassador' by the Government of Ontario, Canada and is proud of being Past International VP for ISACA's Board of Directors. He teaches in different universities on Digital Transformation, Change and is visiting professor in the Master of Cybersecurity for IE Business School. Ramsés is also Executive Vice President of the Quantum World Association and he feels honored of having had the US flag flown on his honor in The Capitol on November the 1st, 2013. He lives in Barcelona, Spain, with his wonderful wife and his two loved kids.


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