Cristian Pațachia-Sultănoiu

Manager of Development & Innovation Team Orange Romania


Mr. Cristian Pațachia-Sultănoiu is an experienced manager with over 15 years of experience in telecom industry, covering an extensive spectrum of technology, business development and innovation management He received a BSc degree in Electronics and Telecommunications at the Satellite and Mobile Communications department of the Politehnica University Bucharest in 2000 and also his MSc degree in Optical Fiber, Fixed and Mobile Radio Communications at the Politehnica University of Bucharest in 2001. Mr. Pațachia-Sultănoiu also has an Executive MBA in Finance from University of Sheffield and has been working for Orange Romania since 2000, currently managing the Development & Innovation team of the Engineering department. He is currently coordinating several research projects in the following areas : cybersecurity, smart city, Wi-Fi offload for cellular data networks, monetisation of network’s APIs, mobile cloud computing and IoT/M2M. In addition, Mr. Pațachia-Sultănoiu is coordinating Orange Educational Program, Innovation Labs and several Horizon 2020 research and innovation projects on various topics such as next generation emergency services and critical infrastructure security.

Security through open innovation and data sharing

Data security risks are more present than ever. Companies should be worried as nobody is safe online. Less than a quarter of the companies interviewed by Orange believe they are exposed to cyber security risks. 8% from the customers don’t even know if they were targeted by a cyber attack. 229 days is the mean time spent by the attackers in a network, before being detected. According to CERT-R0, 67% from the victims were informed by external entities of their organization.

With the acceleration of enterprise mobility, the adoption of multiple devices and increasingly demanding end-users, IT security has become very complex. You’re facing a new generation of ICT security challenges, with social media, mobile devices in the workplace and cloud computing, all carrying with them new risks. As your organization grows, you need your network and information security systems to grow with you. Prevention techniques sometimes fail, as a consequence tools, processes, detection and response teams should be added and this is the perimeter where Orange introduced the Business Internet Security that is fully managed security as service. The goal is to reduce the time until detecting the incidents, reduce the time for incidents’ investigation and reduce the time for incident’s correction. The Business Internet Security enabler offers a choice of integrated, managed and cloud-based security solutions to provide the protection your data, network and customers need.

As an add-on to the service, the BIS Threat Map provides real time visualizations of cyber-risks and attacks from and to Romania, with relevant statistics by industrial verticals. This way, companies present in Romania can understand what is the threat level and types of risks they might face and take proactive measures. For details, visit

Together with a selected pool of cyber security partners Orange aims to offer organizations fully managed cyber security solutions. We established an approach in which we periodically test our clients’ systems for security breaches, offer the best solutions towards remediation the issues and recommendations for long term maintenance of the security level, monitor our clients’ systems between the periodic penetration tests, and identify and alert any security issues that might occur in between the periodical penetration tests through the Security Operation Center. Any organization that has a network connected to the Internet or provides an online service should consider subjecting it to a penetration test.

Our users’ trust is something we never take for granted here at Orange. In order to earn and keep that trust we are always working to improve the security of our services. Some vulnerabilities, however, can be very hard to track down and it never hurts to have more eyes. Therefore, we introduced Orange Bug Bounty program to better engage with security researchers community. The idea is simple: ethical hackers and security researchers find and report vulnerabilities through our responsible disclosure process. Orange promotes Bug Bounty initiatives in order to test and improve the accuracy of its cyber security solutions developed to protect the Internet access for organizations.

Are you the next cyber security superstar?

If you are passionate about an information security topic or you have strong technical skills developing researches on your own, you should definitely Apply at Call for Papers. By submitting you will have the chance to showcase your work to +2000 attendees.

Other speakers joining this year

Cristian Zaharia

Team Lead SecureWorks

Cristian Driga

Lawyer. Executive director Cybercrime Research Centre Assoc.

Vlad Sorici

Architecture & Services Project Manager Orange Romania

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Orange Romania is part of the Orange Group, one of the largest global telecommunications operators that connects hundreds of millions of customers worldwide. With over 11 million local customers and an annual turnover exceeding 1.5 billion euros, Orange Romania connects 1 in 2 Romanians and offers an extensive range of communication solutions for both individual and corporate customers, from basic connectivity services to complete mobile, fixed internet, TV packages, and complex IT&C solutions through Orange Business

Orange Romania is the number 1 operator in terms of network performance, and also holds nine consecutive Top Employer certifications, which confirm that Orange Romania, in addition to the remarkable products and services it offers, pays special attention to its employees and working environment. In the past 3 years Orange has launched two 5G Labs in Bucharest and Iasi, that aim to support researchers, startups and companies to test their 5G solutions in advance. 

In addition, Orange is a long-term supporter of the startup ecosystem through the Orange Fab accelerator program designed to support entrepreneurs in the development of innovative products and their distribution locally and internationally.

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