28 April, 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


April 28th, 2020 
Sofia Event Center


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


  • 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.
  • Krum Garkov

    Krum Garkov Executive Director, eu-LISA

    Krum Garkov has more than 20 years of cross-cultural experiences spanning the public and private sectors. He took up the Executive Director post at eu-LISA in November 2012 and has lead the Agency with the vision to promote information and communication technologies as a key success factor for integrated border management and law enforcement at the EU level. He sees eu-LISA’s mission in helping Members States in their efforts for safer Europe and ensuring the continuous and stable service delivery to them in the ever evolving digital environment.
    Before eu-LISA, he was the Operations Director for Experian Group Ltd., a leading global information provider serving the finance industry. Prior to that, Krum was Program Manager at Hewlett-Packard. He has also served the National Revenue Agency, as well as the Centre for Mass Privatization in Bulgaria. Krum holds an M. Sc. in Computer Technologies (Varna), an MBA in Information Systems (Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey) and has received executive education from London School of Business & Finance with an MBA in Management Consulting.
  • 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.
  • Alan Osborne

    Alan Osborne Chief Information Security Officer, Paysafe

    Alan Osborne is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Paysafe, a leading global provider of end-to-end payment solutions. He has over 20 years of professional experience in security, IT, and business leadership, underpinned by a strong technical background. Prior to joining Paysafe, Alan was the CSO at National Grid, the £30bn FTSE19 multinational electricity and gas utility company, and the CSO at Worldpay, the $43bn global payment company, and has experience in payments, finance, technology, and critical national infrastructure. Prior to this, he was a Director at AlixPartners, the management consultancy firm, where he created its cyber security practice. Earlier in his career, he was responsible for Global Technical Operations for Managed Security Services at Symantec, the global security software and services provider, and he was the Global Head of Security Architecture & Strategy for Old Mutual, a £6bn FTSE25 global financial services life and pensions company.
  • 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.


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