Sebastian Avarvarei

Manager Information Security Canon EMEA

BIOGRAPHY

Currently working as EMEA Information Security Manager at Canon, Sebastian has been in IT and Security for over 20 years, covering a multitude of roles ranging from Security Architect and Consultant, to Software Developer and Security Auditor, giving him a unique multi-faceted view on today’s security challenges. He has led multiple security improvement programs, while continuously asking himself: “Hmm, I wonder if we could do this in another way?”

What if I told you that Security is here to help? (a.k.a. The 7 habits of highly effective Security leaders)

For a long time, Security has been seen as the adversary of the Business, something to overcome rather than rely on. This leads to the paradoxical situation of organizations hiring highly skilled InfoSec practitioners, but not leveraging them at their full potential. 

While the problem is not new, the ways to address it remain often empirical. In a case of “when you can’t beat them, join them”, I propose in this talk an approach based on one of the most influential business management books, Stephen Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. Elegant in their simplicity, these seven principles lend themselves neatly to InfoSec leadership as well, and offer a powerful framework for a systematic approach for reconciling Security with the Business.

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

Maksim Iavich

President of Scientific Cyber Security Association, Professor, Director of Cyber Security Center Caucasus University

Cristian Pațachia-Sultănoiu

Development & Innovation Manager Orange Romania

Giorgi Akhalaia

Associate Professor of ICT, Caucasus University; Scientific Cyber Security Association; Cyber Security Main Specialist at Caucasus Cyber Security Center - Regional Representative of Bit Sentinel Caucasus University

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Orange Romania is the leader of the local telecom market and part of the Orange Group, one of the largest global telecommunications operators, connecting hundreds of millions of customers worldwide. With over 11 million 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 to its customers, both individual users and companies, from basic services up to complete voice services, fixed and mobile data, TV services or smart home services, but also mobile financial services. Orange is also a leader in innovation investing yearly over 200 million euros in network infrastructure and R&D initiatives in Romania. 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. 

Orange Services was created in 2013 and is a 100% owned subsidiary of Orange Group. As a technology services company, our DNA is in IT, but our teams also work in other domains including mobile networks and a number of commercial and business functions. Orange Services is one of the largest technology hubs in the Orange Group, working internationally for both Orange corporate functions and country operations. Through a unique combination of cutting edge know-how and expertise, our teams provide a broad range of services: development and supervision of IT services in domains such as Big Data, Cloud, M2M, IoT, TV, Connected Objects; design and development of IT infrastructure and desktop solutions; testing & planning for mobile networks; implementation of supply chain solutions and also improvement of commercial & business performance including BI, CRM, Analytics, Digital learning and Customer Care. Visit us on LinkedIn.

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