19 September, Sofia Tech Park, John Atanasoff Innovation Forum

The event

18th International Conference 


InfoSec & Data Storage

A Proactive Approach to Sustainable IT Security

September 19th, 2019 

Sofia Tech Park, John Atanasoff Innovation Forum 

Organizers: ICT Media & ISACA Sofia Chapter
With the cooperation of: Ministry of Defence, State Agency for National Security

With the digitization of systems and processes, the theme of cybersecurity has become fundamental to modern society. The damage done by various cyberattacks on public systems, the financial and economic sectors, is enormous. Cybersecurity Ventures predicted that cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021.

The Cybersecurity law in Bulgaria adopted at the end of 2018 is an undeniable step towards improving information security. The EU Cybersecurity Act (Regulation (EU) 2019/881) that came into force in June 2019 increased ENISA's authority, gave a permanent mandate to the Agency, and aims to launch an EU-wide certification framework for IT products, services, and processes.

Collaborating with the business and the academic community in order to develop effective countermeasures and anticipating the vulnerabilities is still a priority for the State. Many organizations pay attention and allocate budget to increasing the cyberculture of their teams and the society as a whole, as e preventive protection measure.

What are the systematic efforts of the State and the EU to tackle the cybercrime problem, how technology innovation can help combat current threats, how to effectively ensure business and administration data storage are among the topics of the upcoming SecurIT - the 18th International InfoSec & DataStorage conference.

During the years the conference was held with the kind collaboration of the leading institutions in the sphere of information security - State e-Government Agency, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, and State Agency for National Security.

The conference is aimed at IT managers and experts from all segments of the economy: Directors and Managers "Information Security"; Managers of Risk Management; Infrastructure managers; System architects; Security engineers; IT managers; IT auditors; Information security auditors; Consultants.

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  • Krasimir Karakachanov

    Krasimir Karakachanov Deputy Prime Minister for Public Order and Security, Minister of Defence

    Krasimir Karakachanov was appointed Deputy Prime Minister for Public Order and Security and Minister of Defence on 4 May 2017 by the 44th National Assembly. Mr. Karakachanov was elected Member of Parliament in the 38th, 40th, 43rd, and 44th National Assemblies. In the 43rd Parliament, he was also Vice-President of the National Assembly. Mr Karakachanov earned his Master’s Degree in History at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in 1990, specializing in Modern Bulgarian History, Political History of the Balkan States, National Liberation Movement in Macedonia and Thrace, Political Movements in Bulgaria, and afterwards completed a three-month training programme in Switzerland. He earned his PhD in International Law and International Relations in 2014. He is member of the Macedonian Scientific Institute in Sofia. Mr Karakachanov has contributed articles to historical journals and numerous publications to Bulgarian periodicals on the national liberation struggles of the Bulgarians in Macedonia and the contemporary relations between Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia. He is author of the book "ВМРО – 110 години борба" (Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization: 110 Years of Struggle). He worked as Director of the Macedonia weekly newspaper published in Sofia. He completed a cycle of training at the Schools of Political Studies in Moscow, Russia and Strasbourg, France in 1998. Mr Karakachanov is Chairman of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Bulgarian National Movement.
  • Dr Luca Zampaglione

    Dr Luca Zampaglione Head of Security, eu-LISA (European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice)

    Dr Luca Zampaglione has experience in serving the Italian National Police for more than 36 years, including a long international experience at the European Law Enforcement Agency EUROPOL and NATO HQ in Brussels, covering various roles in the field of information security, with focus on distributed sensitive/classified IT systems. Luca is currently working as the Head of Security of eu-LISA, the European Agency for the Operational Management of Large Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, being responsible for information security and business continuity of the HQ in Tallinn (Estonia) and of the Data Centres located in Strasbourg (France) and Sankt Johann im Pongau (Austria).
  • Dr. George Sharkov

    Dr. George Sharkov Adviser to the Minister of Defense; Director ESI CEE

    Dr George Sharkov is an Adviser to the Minister of Defense and served as a National Cyber Security Coordinator for the Bulgarian Government 2014-2017, also Adviser to the Prime Minister in 2017. He was leading the development of the National Cyber Security Strategy "Cyber Resilient Bulgaria 2020", adopted in 2016. He has PhD in Artificial Intelligence (AI), applications in biophysics, thermography and genetics. Since 1994 he was managing software development for advanced financial systems and e-markets. Since 2003 he leads the European Software Institute (Center Eastern Europe) and after 2016 - the Cybersecurity Lab at Sofia Tech Park. Trainer and appraiser for software quality management, cybersecurity and resilience, lecturing at 3 leading universities. Member of ETSI TC CYBER (representing SBS and European Digital SME Alliance), member of EU High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (since June 2018).
  • Ramsés Gallego

    Ramsés Gallego Executive Vice President, Quantum World Association

    With an MBA and Law education, Ramsés is a +22 year security professional with deep expertise in the Risk Management and Governance areas. Ramsés is Strategist & Evangelist for Symantec and holds the following professional accreditations: CISM, CGEIT, CISSP, SCPM, CCSK, ITIL and COBIT Foundations. An internationally recognized public speaker, has visited +25 different countries in the past 12 months and has been awarded 'Best Speaker' many times. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt professional and is proud of being Past International VP for ISACA’s Board of Directors and Immediate Past President of the Barcelona Chapter. He is Executive Vice President of the Quantum World Association, lives in Barcelona, Spain, feels honored of having had the US flag flown on his honor in The Capitol and lives in Barcelona, Spain with his wonderful wife and his two loved kids.
  • Vladimir Kavalov

    Vladimir Kavalov President, ISACA – Sofia Chapter

    Vladimir Kavalov has 25 years of experience in the IT field, half of them in the financial sector. During the years he has been working as a system administrator, information security expert, head of IT department and IT auditor. Vladimir is strongly interested in IT, especially in development, deployment, auditing and consulting. He has led important projects regarding realization of migration and implementation of ERP systems, MS Active Directory deployment. He has also implemented solutions related to management and monitoring of IT systems, processes and information security. He has been a member of the ISACA Sofia Chapter since 2008, elected as a member of the Board in 2015 and has served as President since October 2016.
  • Jenny Boneva

    Jenny Boneva Vice President and Chapter Lead of SheLeadsTech, ISACA – Sofia Chapter

    Jenny Boneva has more than 14 years of experience in the areas of Information Technologies and Information Security, IT Audit and Compliance, Data Protection and IT Governance. Her career started as IT consultant/ Advisor and Auditor in one of the Big 4 leading firms in the accounting and consulting industry. Later, she focused her professional development on Information Security in the financial sector. She manages worldwide recognized certificates CISA issued by ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) in the area of audit, control, monitor and assess an organization’s information technology and business systems and CISSP certificate issued by ISC2 (International Information System Security Certification Consortium) focused on Information Security. Additionally, she has certificates related to the areas of Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics. Currently, she is Vice president and chapter lead of of SheLeadsTech, ISACA – Sofia Chapter
  • Ramona Chervenkova, CGEIT, CRISC

    Ramona Chervenkova, CGEIT, CRISC ISACA-Sofia Chapter

    Ms. Chervenkova specializes in the restructuring of business processes, organizational restructuring, change management, IT risk and control, as well as in defining IT strategies and improving the management and operations of IT. She also has more than 30 years of experience in IT development and implementation of IT systems and in IT Audit. Ms. Chervenkova has managed complex projects in organizational change, operational improvement, development of IT strategies and projects for the implementation of IT systems for clients. She has extensive experience in project management, organizational planning, planning and management of IT activities, development and implementation of IT systems and the management and control of IT risks. She has completed numerous successful ERP system implementation projects in Bulgaria, Germany, UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, and on the Balkans by having significant experience of complex IT solutions in a number of industries including Public and Banking sector, Manufacturing and Utilities.
  • Rostislav Petrov

    Rostislav Petrov President, Bulgarian Association of Certified Ethical Hackers

  • Vihren Slavchev

    Vihren Slavchev CEO, Mnemonica

    Vihren Slavchev is the CEO and one of the co-founders of Mnemonica. He has over 15 years of IT and Management experience, gathered in the software development, real estate and the financial sectors. Together with Pavel Iosifov, he founded Mnemonica in 2009. Working with a great team of professionals, Vihren keeps on forming one of the most dynamic and successful Bulgarian IT companies. He graduated from the Technical University of Varna, majoring in "Automation and management systems".
  • Kiril Georgiev

    Kiril Georgiev IT Director, PAC Doverie

    Kiril Georgiev joined the team of PAC Doverie in November 2009 as Information Technology Director, such as he was during the period 2004-2006. He had previously worked at the same position in international companies.
  • Sebastian Banica

    Sebastian Banica Check Point Country Manager Romania & Bulgaria

    Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Business Process, Negotiation, Business Planning, Intelligence Analysis, and Coaching. Strong business development professional with a Master of Technology (MTech) focused in Robotics Technology/Technician from Universitatea "Politehnica" din București.
  • Vladislav Venev

    Vladislav Venev GRC Information security expert, Playtech

  • Alexandra Stefanova

    Alexandra Stefanova Consultant, United Drone Community Association

    Alexandra Stefanova has a bachelor degree in History, specializing Modern History, especially the Industrial Revolution and the impact that it has on the society, Master’s degree in Law and now is studying Master Business Administration. She had worked in Bulgarian Maritime Administration, where she helped with the drafting of legislative acts regarding, the technical equipment of ships, the seafarers' competence in the Republic of Bulgaria, etc. She was involved with the organization and coordination of the Agency’s involvement in the work of international organizations and specialized EU structures. Now she is helping UDC with the drafting of strategies and policies for drones and is researching the legal aspect of AI and it’s future implementation in society and business processes.
  • Goran Angelov

    Goran Angelov Founder and CEO, IBS Bulgaria (IBS)

    Goran Angelov is a founder and CEO of IBS Bulgaria (IBS) one of the leading IT companies in the country with a focus on finance industry, analytics solutions and systems integration. Nowadays IBS is involved in key project for leading banks related to digital transformation, PSD2 regulation, infrastructure modernisation and information assets management. Goran Angelov has an engineer degree in process automation. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of information and communication technologies and has participated in a number of successfully implemented large-scale IT projects for the business and the public sector.
  • Milán Kuli

    Milán Kuli Gartner Partner Presenter

  • Petromir Ivanov

    Petromir Ivanov Head of CNSys PLC’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions and Services Department

    Petromir Ivanov is Head of CNSys PLC’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions and Services Department. Being an IT professional with 20+ years of experience in ICT sector, he is responsible for the entire company’s business, related to ICT services, enterprise infrastructure and information security. He is a part of CNSys’ team since 2003. In 2012 he became a part of the Company’s management. Petromir has gained serious practical experience in the developing, planning, fulfillment and management of complex nationwide and international projects during the last 20 years. Information security team, part of EISS department, specializes and delivers projects in the areas of Security information and event management, Data Security and Incident response with security orchestration and automation.
  • Lubomir Tilev

    Lubomir Tilev Security Sales leader for Bulgaria and Romania, IBM

    Lubomir Tilev is a Security Sales leader for Bulgaria and Romania. In his role Lubo is responsible for all client facing activities in both countries, covering IBM's entire Security portfolio of products and services. During his career in IBM, Lubo has held number of management positions in sales, technical and services ecosystem in Bulgaria. A true believer of cooperation and sharing expertise, he advocates the importance of the global and local response to cyber-threats on corporate and country administration level.
  • Petko Petkov

    Petko Petkov Senior Manager, Cyber Security and Digital Identity, PwC


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