Professor Gurpreet Dhillon

Gurpreet Dhillon is a Professor of Information Security at the School of Business, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. He also holds an affiliate appointment at Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao at Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Over the years he has also held academic positions at University of Nevada Las Vegas (USA), Cranfield University School of Management (UK), City University of Hong Kong (PRC). He has authored over 100 research articles that have been published in various journals. Professor Dhillon is also an author of several books, including Principles of Information Systems Security: Text and Cases(Wiley, 2007). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information System Security, besides serving on the board of several flagship journals. Professor Dhillon consults regularly with the industry and government and has successfully completed assignments in the US, UK, UAE, Hong Kong, Portugal and India.


Professor Viswanath Venkatesh

Viswanath Venkatesh is a distinguished professor and Billingsley Chair in Information Systems at the Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas. Dr. Venkatesh is widely regarded as one of the most influential scholars in business. He is also involved with a number of organizations, advising them on their strategic directions. He has traveled across the globe and presented to the academic and business community.


Professor Miguel Correia

Miguel Correia is an Associate Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) of the Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa), in Lisboa, Portugal. He is a researcher at INESC-ID in the Distributed Systems Group (GSD). He is currently the coordinator of the Master Degree (MSc) in Information Systems and Computer Engineering. He has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Lisboa Faculty of Sciences. He has been involved in several international and national research projects, including the SafeCloud, PCAS, TCLOUDS, ReSIST, MAFTIA, and CRUTIAL European projects. He has more than 100 publications. His main research interests are: security, intrusion tolerance, distributed systems, distributed algorithms, computer networks, cloud computing, and critical infrastructure protection.


Jorge Pinto, President AP2SI

Jorge Pinto is a founding member and the current president of AP2SI, the Portuguese Association for the Promotion of Information Security. He is a Security enthusiast since 1992 and has been working in the last 16 years helping a variety of customers identify and solve their security problems from X.25 to the Cloud. He has a degree in Informatics Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He is also a member of (ISC)2, ISACA, DRII and IEEE and holds several professional certifications. For him, the IoT and IoE is the next big step in hyperconnecting the world and, as with all new advances and paradigms, it brings several challenges. He is very interested in tackling them.


Professor Nuno Neves

Nuno Ferreira Neves is Associate Professor with Habilitation at the Department of Informatics, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisboa. He is director of the LaSIGE – Large Scale Informatic Systems Laboratory and leads the Navigators´s group. His main research interests are in secure and dependable distributed systems. Currently, he is principal investigator at the SUPERCLOUD and SEGRID European projects, addressing security concerns in heterogeneous multi-cloud infrastructures and the protection of future smart electric grids. He is also involved as researcher in the European project BiobankClouds and participates in the Erasmus+ partnership ParIS. He is on the editorial board of the InderScience International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems. His work has been recognized in several occasions, for example with the IBM Scientific Prize and the William C. Carter award at IEEE FTCS/DSN. He is past PC Co-chair of IEEE Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks. He currently has more than 100 publications in journals and conferences.


Professor Pedro Veiga

Pedro Veiga is Full Professor at the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Lisbon (FC-UL) since 1993. He has a Degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Electrical Engineering, both from Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon. He is the President of the Portuguese Chapter of the Internet Society. His research interest are in network protocols, network security and Internet Governance. He is currently the Director of the National CyberSecurity Centre.


Bruno Soares, President ISACA Lisbon Chapter

Bruno Soares is the founding President of the ISACA Lisbon Chapter, member of several professional associations in the areas of Auditing (IIA), IT Governance (ISACA, IPCG), and Project Management (PMI). He is advisor and visiting professor at ISCAC – Coimbra Business School, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade Portucalense (UPT), ISLA Campus Lisboa | Laureate International Universities and Unipê – Centro Universitário de João Pessoa – Paraíba, Brasil.


Professor André Zúquete

André Zúquete got his PhD from Instituto Superior Técnico/Technical  University of Lisbon (2001) and currently is Auxiliary Professor at  University of Aveiro since 2003 and a researcher of IEETA (Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro). His R&D activities  are centered on the area of security in distributed systems, with a special focus on the design of architectures for security and mobility with security requirements (e-Voting, e-Health, e-Government, etc.). He is member of several program committees of several conferences in the area of security and mobility. He participated in several national and international projects and did some consulting on the security for Portuguese companies and state departments. He has dozens of articles published in international forums related with security and mobility and he’s the author of a technical book on network security (in Portuguese).


Lt Col Paulo Nunes

Lt Col Paulo Nunes is a Signal Corps Army Officer, qualified with the Army Staff Officer’s Course. He has a degree and a Master in Electronics and Computer Science from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and a PhD in Information Sciences from the Complutence University of Madrid.He has been involved in several research projects and Cyber related working groups and has been engaged at Cyber Security and Cyber Defence Capability Development Projects at NATO, EU and National levels. Lt Col Nunes is currently the scientific coordinator of the Information Warfare Master at the Military Academy and an invited Professor at the National Defence Institute, Instituto de Estudos Superiores Militares, Nova University, Minho University and Coimbra University. In 2014 he was appointed Project Manager of the “NATO Smart Defence Multinational Project on Cyber Defence Education and Training (MNCDE&T)” and the National Representative at the European Union CSDP Cyber Defence Discipline Leader Team.



Professor Ella Kolkowska

Ella Kolkowska is an Assistant Professor at Orebro University School of Business, Informatics. Her main area of interest is information security with focus on end-users security behaviors. Especially she has studied how users’ professional values influence their behaviors with respect to information security policies (ISP) and guidelines. She has also studied how ISPs should be designed to reflect current professional practice. Recently Kolkowska has started to study privacy in context of smart homes technologies used in elderly care. Such technology introduces completely new ways of working, making it possible to collect and access data. Ella’s interest is to investigate the use of sensor technology/intelligent systems for monitoring of elderly in their homes from an information security perspective in order to: a) understand the tensions between values built into IT-solutions, and different stakeholders’ views on privacy and b) leverage development of “secure” and ethical viable sensor technology/ intelligent systems.



Professor João Paulo Magalhães

João Paulo Magalhães holds a PhD in Information Science and Technology from University of Coimbra.Currently, he is Adjunct Professor at School of Management and Technology (ESTGF) at the Polytechnic of Porto (IPP) where he used to teach Systems Administration, Secure Programming and Secure Information Systems. He is also the Director of Computer and Network Security bachelor degree. João Paulo is member of two research groups: the Centre for Research and Innovation in Business Sciences and Information Systems (CIICESI) at School of Management and Technology at the Polytechnic of Porto and the Centre for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra (CISUC) at University of Coimbra. He has published several papers in top-ranked conferences and journals and is author of a book in the area of self-healing systems/autonomic computing. João Paulo also has a professional background outside the academia. He is CTO at Globinnova Cyber Intelligence and has served as team coordinator (UNIX and AS-400) and as UNIX system administration in a large Portuguese company.




Professor Henrique Santos

Henrique M. Dinis Santos received his first degree in Electric and Electronic Engineering, from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 1984. In 1996 he received the PhD degree in Computer Engineering, from the University of the Minho, Portugal and the habilitation degree in 2013, by the same institution. Currently he is an Associate Professor at the Information Systems Department, University of Minho, being responsible for several graduate and postgraduate courses. The research work has been framed within ALGORITMI Research Centre, at the same university, where he is responsible by the supervision of several postgraduate students and the coordination of several R&D projects, mainly in the Information Security area – emphasis on Intrusion Detection, biometrical technologies and Information Security Management – and Computer Architecture area – emphasis on Computer Vision and Cloud Computing. He authored and co-authored several scientific publications in journals, conferences and books within his field of interests and co-authored a patent with an industrial partner, in 2012, in the biometric area. He is also the president of a national Technical Committee (CT 136) for information system security standardization, and integrates frequently advice and scientific committees supporting civil, governmental and military organizations in the Information Security subject. During the second semester of 1990, under an ERASMUS program, he was teaching at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, where he was recognized as University Academic staff.


Professor Alamgir Hossain

Prof. Alamgir Hossain: received the PhD degree in 1995 from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK. He is currently serving as a Professor of Computational Intelligence and Director of ‘Anglia Ruskin Information Technology Research Institute (ARITI)’ in the Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Prior to this he served as a Professor and Head of Computational Intelligence Group (CIG) at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. He has extensive research experience in computational intelligence, cyber security, decision support systems and adaptive control. Since 2004, Professor Hossain has been leading many large EU funded projects as an International lead investigator, worth over 16 million Euro. Professor Hossain acted as a conference chair, programme chair, organising chair and IPC member of over 30 international conferences. He is currently serving as a member of the advisor board of the International Conference Software, Knowledge, Information Management and Applications. With a recent publication in Nature, Professor Hossain has published over 275 refereed research articles and 9 books. He received the “IET- F C Williams 1996” award for an IET journal publication and ‘Best Paper Awards’ for his CSBio 2010, IEEE CIS2012, SKIMA 2012, PACBB2013 and SKIMA2014 conference papers. He is a member of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.


Professor Paulo Veríssimo

Paulo Esteves Veríssimo is a Professor and FNR PEARL Chair at the University of Luxembourg, since fall 2014, and head of the CritiX group (Critical and Extreme Security and Dependability) at UniLu’s SnT Centre. He is adjunct Professor of the ECE Dept., Carnegie Mellon University. Previously, he has been a Professor of the Univ. of Lisbon, member of the Board of the same university and Director of LaSIGE. Veríssimo is Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of the ACM, and he is associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers (TC – 2015—). He is currently Chair of the IFIP WG 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault-Tolerance and vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of the IEEE/IFIP DSN conference. He is author of over 180 peer-refereed publications and co-author of 5 books. Veríssimo has an extensive track record of collaboration with industry, and performed numerous high-level security and dependability audit and consulting projects, for large corporations and public administration bodies, amongst which the audit of the Portuguese government’s computer network (CEGER), the risk assessment of the complete Portuguese system of telecommunications and network providers (ANACOM), or the audit and maturity improvement of several critical infrastructures of Electricidade de Portugal. He is frequently featured on media to comment on situations related with computer security and crime.


Avi Biran

Avi Biran is the CEO and a co-founder of Cyber Odysseys, an innovative Cyber Security company based in Israel. Prior to that, he worked for 25 years for the elite Technological Unit of Israel’s Intelligence Corps Special Forces, where he served as a senior commander in the Cyber Command. Through the years he has being acquired deep knowledge of Cyber Warfare, computer networks, special communication systems, satellite systems as well as complicated electronic systems. Biran was among the first group that strategically designed the foundations for the Cyber Security Arena. During that time, he was the initiator and the leading commander for novel and innovative technological groups with contributes directly to the security of the state of Israel, and for that merit, he has gotten several awards. His last project was founding and building the new Cyber Command for the Intelligence Corps Special Forces. Biran holds a B.Sc. in Robotics from The Technion, Israel Institute for Technology, and MBA from Tel Aviv University, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Biran is a recipient of the Eisenhower Fellowship for International Leadership 2011 and a member of Eisenhower Fellowships since then.


Paulo Empadinhas (ENISA)

Paulo Empadinhas has a university degree in Applied Mathematics in Computer Science, is MBA in Industrial Management, Post-graduated in Marketing and extensive experience in the Private Sector and International Organizations. International since 1998 as a General Director of a multinational consulting company. From 2004 to 2007 served European Council in Common EU Security Defence Policy (CSDP) civil missions in Africa. From 2007 to 2011 served in United Nation managed multiple operations in several countries in Africa as Regional Cluster Manager. From 2011 to 2012 served for European External Actions Service (EEAS) in the Middle-East.
In 2013 was appointed in ENISA and actually is the Head of Stakeholders Relations and Administration.


Prof. Luís Antunes

Luís Filipe Coelho Antunes, Associate Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto (FCUP). Director of the Competence Centre for Cybersecurity and Privacy, University of Oporto. Senior researcher at INESCTec. Member of the Scientific Council of FCUP and member of the Council for Electronic Administration at the University of Porto. Develops research activity in the field of computer security has several scientific publications, successfully guided 5 PhD students and belongs to several research projects funded by FCT. Has exercised consultancy activity in the area of ​​computer security for the Ministry of Health and the Portuguesa Data Protection Commission, is accredited by the National Security Cabinet and is expert at ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) in the area of ​​eID and eGovernment eHealth. Luís Antunes appears regularly on TV program as information security expert. In 2013 co-founded a spin-off from the University, called HealthySystems that centers its activity in the area of information security with a strong focus on auditing, eID and anonymization techniques. Recently co-founded the University of Porto spin-off Adyta. Adyta main objective is to promote specialized security solutions tailored to the needs of sovereign bodies dealing with sensitive or classified information and large business groups Adyta focuses its activity in the defense field and securing communications through innovative solutions and adjusted to each customer. This spin-off is the result of several years of collaboration with the Portuguese National Security Agency.


Dr. Nathalie RÉBÉ

Dr. Nathalie RÉBÉ is an International Public Law professor at the University of Burgundy in France.
She previously taught MBA students at Paris School of Business where she earned a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specific focus on Risk Management. Miss RÉBÉ is specialized in the Law of Armed Conflicts and Weapons of Mass Destruction including Cyber threats. She studied International Financial Law extensively as for Money Laundering/Counter-Terrorism Financing with the use of New Payments Technologies.


Pedro Miguel Nunes Oliveira Machado, Head of Cyber ​​Commitee Board of AFCEA Portugal

Pedro Machado is the Data Protection Officer of a big multinational financial institution, responsible for data protection in 6 big insurance companies. Previously, he works for Vodafone, in compliance, risk management, corporate security and privacy management. Pedro is post-graduate professor in Cybersecurity at Universidade Europeia – Laureate International Universities, and he was professor at Fernando Pessoa University, scientific coordinator and professor in Information Security at EdEA. He holds a Master’s degree in International Business Administration and Management and a post-graduate degree in Foreign Trade and International Marketing from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), and an MBA from the UPM Post-Graduate Studies Center of Business Administration. He holds a degree in Computer Science and another degree in Multimedia Engineering, and holds several international certifications.


Professor Alysson Bessani

Alysson Bessani is an Associate Professor of the Department of Informatics of the University of Lisboa Faculty of Sciences, Portugal, and a member of LASIGE research unit. He received his B.S. degree in Computer Science from UEM (Brazil) in 2001, the MSE and PhD in Electrical Engineering from UFSC (Brazil) in 2002 and 2006, respectively. He spent some time as a visiting professor in Carnegie Mellow University (2010) and as a visiting researcher in Microsoft Research Cambridge (2014). Alysson is currently the coordinator of the DiSIEM H2020 project and collaborated in other nine international projects. He is the co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications on dependability, security, Byzantine fault tolerance, and cloud storage.


Professor Ioan-Cosmin MIHAI

Ioan-Cosmin MIHAI is associate professor, trainer and conference speaker in the fields of cybersecurity, cybercrime and international cooperation. He is Associate Professor at “A.I. Cuza” Police Academy and University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania, where he is teaching disciplines related to cybersecurity and cybercrime. He is certified trainer at The Romanian Centre of Excellence for Cybercrime, researcher at Quality, Reliability and Information Technology Laboratory from University Politehnica of Bucharest, and Vice President of Romanian Association for Information Security Assurance. With a PhD and postdoctoral studies in cybersecurity, he has developed several projects in this field and published 15 books and more than 60 scientific articles. Since 2012 he has been editor-in-chief of the scientific journal IJISC – International Journal of Information Security and Cybercrime, indexed in international databases.


Professor José Manuel Valença

José Manuel Valença is Full Professor, University of Minho, Department of Informatics. Founder of Formal Methods and Cryptography Groups of the DI. Founder of HASLab High-Assurance Software Laboratory, a research unit of INESC TEC. Consultant for the Portuguese Government in the “Cartão do Cidadão”, the Working Group on the portuguese citizen card. Information Security of the Galileo Satellites and various other projects.In the context of FCT, member of Scientific Council for Engineering and Sciences, coordinator of the grant evaluation program for Computer and Information Sciences