Building a Cyber Resilient City, Society, Economy and Infrastructure

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Building a Cyber Resilient City, Society, Economy and Infrastructure

Network event for public and private organisations, researchers and adopters of cybersecurity solutions in the Ghent/Flemish tech cluster.

By Ghent University - Tech Lane Ghent Science Park

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Date and time

Thu, 23 Mar 2023 09:00 - 19:00 CET


Tech Lane Ghent Science Park/Campus Ardoyen 82 Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 9052 Gent Belgium

About this event

  • 10 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Ghent University, Tech Lane Ghent Science Park, VIB and Partners have the pleasure of inviting you to a Cyber Security networking conference on Thursday March 23rd.

Cybercrime has never been a bigger threat than it is now, with a massive increase in malicious attacks since the economic reset at the end of the pandemic.

Moreover, cyber experts have seen a dramatic and concerning rise in cyber warfare and espionage activity, which threatens to escalate dramatically and affect the West.

As a result it has become increasingly important to inspire innovation and innovative cyber security solutions in the industry.

This UGent event aims to stimulate collaboration and knowledge exchange between academia, government, ICT and industry experts and providers of cyber security solutions and training.

The conference is free of charge for relevant professionals and researchers. Seats are limited and tickets will be given away on a first come, first served basis.

Morning and afternoon sessions can be booked separately. Cancellations are possible until Friday 17th March. In case of no-show, a fee of € 100 will be invoiced to cover catering and administration costs.

The organization witholds the right to refuse access to registrants whose background is not relevant to the topic.


9:00 - 9:30: Doors & Registration


  • Welcome & introduction

dr. Arne Dormaels Business Developer i4S & Sven Verstrepen Business Developer Tech Lane Science Park

  • Keynote: Cybersecurity & Quantum Computing in a Changing Geopolitical Landscape

Koen Gijsbers, Former General Manager of the NATO Communications and Information Agency; Non-Executive Director at ANGOKA

  • The New Belgian Cyber Defense Organization & Strategy Belgian Defense

Major General Michel Van Strythem, Head of Belgian Military Cyber Command

10:40 -11:10: Networking Break

  • What Can Cities Do to Become Cyber Resilient? The Case of Ghent

Wim Naessens, Infrastructure manager, District09 City of Ghent

  • North Sea Port's Digital Strategy and Cyberprotection of its Critical Infrastructure

Els Verfaillie, IT Manager North Sea Port & Arjen Runsink, External CSO North Sea Port

  • Panel Discussion: “How to Make Belgium Cyber Resilient?”

Moderated by Philip Deschietere, Partner at Deloitte Public Services & participants all morning speakers

12:25 - 13:30: Networking Lunch


  • Keynote: The Hackers are Ready - Are You? A Deep Dive in IT/OT cybersecurity and NIS

Kurt Callewaert, Valorisation Manager Digital Transformation, HoWest University of Applied Sciences; Member of the Belgian cybersecurity coalition

  • Cybersecurity in the Maritime Sector

Tijl Deneut, Security Strategist & Teamlead Industrial Security, EBO Enterprises

  • Introduction to a Behavioral Intrusion Detection Approach for Industrial Control Systems

Estelle Hotellier, Cyber Security Researcher, Naval Group Belgium

  • Security by Design: 5G as an Enabler for New Use Cases

Wouter Van Tilborg, Innovation Manager, Orange Belgium

15:45- 16:15: Networking Break

  • Holistic Cyber Security – Tips & Tricks for Defining a Bullet Proof Security Roadmap

Dr. Thomas Heyman, Principal Consultant Toreon, CISO @ Materialise, OT Cybersec expert @ Parkwind

  • Combating Memory Exploits with Multi-Variant Execution Engines

Prof. dr. Bjorn De Sutter, Associate Professor in the Computer Systems Lab in the Electronics and Information Systems Department, Ghent University

  • Panel Discussion: “The War for Cybersecurity Talent”

Moderated by Shadi Razak, CTO Angoka & participants all afternoon speakers

17:40 - 19:00: Networking Reception

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