PwC Cyber Security Day - 18 October 2016

The PwC Cyber Security Day will feature strategic market and tech trends as well as outline the main threats. International industry experts and investment funds will share the stage with the top ten next generation companies in Cyber Security.

The event will cover the findings of the "Global State of Information Security Survey 2017" and its applications to relevant markets in Europe. Latest trends and developments in the Cyber Security landscape will be presented in interactive sessions along with our vision of what can be done to face the transformation challenges.

Fast growing technology companies representing the top 10 next generation solutions in Cyber Security will engage in a Local to Global pitching competition and a strategic networking forum to meet international investors and stakeholders that can help them expand their footprint globally.

Date & Location


18 October 2016 - Whole day

PwC Luxembourg - Crystal Park
2 Gerhard Mercator
L-2182 Luxembourg

Participation is upon invitation only. For any requests, do not hesitate to contact our events organisation team at

Discover our 10 selected pitching companies

Interested to meet them? Register on our matchmaking tool to set up one-to-one meetings or get in contact with Edouard Nollet, Senior Manager, PwC's Accelerator, by email or by phone  +352 49 48 48 2121.

Digital Shadows provides cyber situational awareness to help organizations protect against cyber-attacks, loss of intellectual property, loss of brand and reputational integrity. Jointly headquartered in San Francisco and London, their flagship solution, Digital Shadows SearchLight™, is a scalable and easy-to-use data analysis platform that provides a complete view of an organization's digital footprint and the profile of its attackers.


enSilo offers a real-time data protection platform against advanced attacks. The company focuses on preventing the consequences of cyber-attacks - theft and tampering of critical data. enSilo enables organizations to continue running their business operations securely and without interruption, even during investigation and remediation of attacks, by blocking in real-time any data-related malicious activity.


IRONSCALES combines human intelligence and machine learning in a way that allows automated phishing email incident response. Their comprehensive phishing mitigation solution is designed to protect enterprises from cyber-attacks. Based on a gamified training program and a unique crowd-wisdom approach, the IronTraps automated incident response is immediately executed when a phishing attack is reported by employees.


Morphisec emerged from Israel's national cybersecurity center. In spring 2016, they released their enterprise ready endpoint security solution. Their solution is a license-based product on a subscription model, which can be provided as a direct sales or MSSP contract via partners and resellers. Positioned as Endpoint Security for advanced threats prevention, they are an alternative for or a higher priority than Endpoint Detection and Response. In May 2016, Morphisec was named "Cool Vendor" by Gartner.


Based in Switzerland, NetGuardians takes a unique approach to fraud and risk assurance solutions by leveraging Big Data to correlate and analyse behaviours across the entire bank system - not just at the transaction level. Their solution combines the technical know-how of NetGuardians' R&D team with their solid understanding of the evolving risk challenges faced by banks in a border-free world.


Picus' security assessment software offers a new paradigm with its "Continuous Security Validation" approach. It fills the gap pen-test, vulnerability management and policy management solutions cannot address. Picus provides the required insight on enterprises' readiness to cyber-attacks by continuously testing defence layers with real cyber-attacks in production environment. This approach helps organizations to significantly enhance their security success rate without making new investments.


Quarkslab's mission is to protect sensitive data for companies facing highly sophisticated cyber-attacks. Established in 2011, the French based company provides security products and services for public and private organizations looking for tailored solutions to secure highly constrained environments. Their specialities include reverse engineering, penetration testing, software development and vulnerability assessment.


RedOwl is the human-centric approach to insider risk for information security and regulatory surveillance. Their focus lies in the human layer of the enterprise to help clients mitigate insider risk. The company's proprietary technology integrates structured and unstructured data to provide holistic visibility into nuanced human activity, patterns, and long-term trends, which comprise enterprise business risk.


SecurityScorecard assesses any organization and their third party vendors across ten critical security categories such as Patching Cadence and Endpoint Security, analyzing hundreds of data points and identifying key risk indicators that can lead to a data breach. The company collects millions of data points across the internet in order to look at any organization's vulnerabilities from an external perspective, in the same way a hacker would.


Skybox Security arms enterprises with integrated security management solutions that give visibility of the attack surface and key Indicators of Exposure (IOEs). Their solutions unify data by integrating with dozens of security technologies organizations are already using. With analytics, modelling and simulation, Skybox provides security leaders the insight needed to quickly prioritize, address vulnerabilities and threat exposures in the context of the business environment, increasing operational efficiency by as much as 90 percent.


Come and join us for a day of discussions with industry experts, business matchmaking and interactive breakout sessions.

The event is supported by government-driven initiatives - The Computer Incident Response Center Luxembourg (CIRCL), Security Made in Lëtzebuerg (SMILE) and Collège des Professionnels de la Sécurité de l'Information (CPSI) - and is part of the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM).


Executive Consultant, Luxtrust

With 24 years in IT services Robert Bielecki has gained a strong experience in PKI. He was in charge of the EU Open Source Java library for the electronic signature and worked on the cross-border signature validation in the eIDAS context. This experience allowed him to acquire an extensive knowledge of the related standards and to contribute during ETSI workshops. He is actively involved in numerous conferences, giving him a good vision of the digital trust across the EU. His current professional responsibilities, in Luxtrust, lead him to work on the transformation of the centralized trust model used in the current PKI implementation to a more open, democratic model, based on the technology that carries the bitcoin: the blockchain. He is the author of several articles dedicated to this transformation.

Ethical hacker & Cyber Security Manager, PwC Luxembourg

Maxime is a manager in the Cyber Security team who develops his ethical hacker's skills by committing himself in various assignments for big companies, banks and European institutions. As a technical specialist, he takes part in penetration tests, vulnerability assessments and information security advisory assignments. Maxime has also gained experience in the physical security field during intrusion assignments (social engineering) and conducted vulnerability research in access control equipment.

His priority is to sharpen his technical skills but he also appreciates building and maintaining customer relationships. He especially enjoys sharing knowledge by presenting his results or by giving talks and training courses. Maxime teaches IT security at a French engineering school.

Relevant experience

Several projects (1 to 50+ weeks) for companies, banks and European institutions related to ethical hacking, IT Security, and physical security:

  • Internal and external IT penetration tests (OSSTMM, OWASP, etc.)
  • Physical penetration tests (social engineering, physical security equipment, RFID, etc.)
  • Vulnerability assessment and research (web, software, systems, networks, etc.)
  • Audit and advisory: information security (systems, networks, data, cryptography, etc.).

Two scientific projects (3 and 5 months) at a French research laboratory:

  • Design and implementation of a Python tool aiming at Clustering Malware by Network Traces.
  • Design and implementation of a tool for Formal Specification of Network Security Policies.


  • NMRG (2011), INRIA-LORIA - "Malware Clustering by Network Traces" with Mr Olivier Festor.
  • 2012 - "Insecurity of Security Equipment" with Mr Eric Chassard.
  • 2015 - "Security of Virtual Desktop Infrastructures: from great concepts to bad surprises".
  • Security seminar at LORIA (SSL) 2015 - "Ethical Hacking : découverte d'une activité fascinante, exigeante et valorisante aux dimensions techniques, économiques et sociales".

Secretary of State of the Economy, Secretary of State of Internal Security, Secretary of State of Defence

Francine Closener was born on 29 December 1969 in Steinfort.

Education and qualifications
Following secondary school studies at the Lycée Michel Rodange, Francine Closener pursued higher education studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles, where she was awarded a degree in journalism and communication in 1993.

Governmental posts
Following the legislative elections of 20 October 2013, Francine Closener was appointed Secretary of State of the Economy, Secretary of State of Internal Security, Secretary of State of Defence on 4 December 2013 in the coalition government formed by the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party (LSAP) and the Green Party ("déi gréng").

Professional activities
In 1994, Francine Closener launched her career as a political journalist for RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg, becoming its chief editor in 2008.
In 2010, she left radio to work as a journalist for RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg's news broadcast.

ESA Space Economy Manager

Mr. del Monte is a senior manager at the European Space Agency with strong background in security programmes and strategy development.

Mr. del Monte is currently responsible for the ESA Space Economy Pole of Competences focussing on Innovation and new Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) models.

Mr. del Monte is author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, and he is graduate of the French National Armament Procurement College, and Member of the International Astronautical Federation Committee on Space Security.

Managing Director, PwC's Accelerator

Cyrille Foillard is Managing Director of the PwC Luxembourg Accelerator which aims at assisting emerging technology leaders expand globally faster and smarter.

He is a well-rounded General Manager in High Tech with extensive International experience, cross functional skills and 15 years of senior management experience in fast-growing Digital Media, Telecom, Enterprise Software/ SaaS and E-Commerce companies, of which 10 in international roles. Over the last two decades, he has developed a proven track record of shaping and leading fast-growing multi-cultural organizations in both start-up and corporate B2C and B2B contexts, as well as of thinking strategically and innovating in rapidly evolving technology driven environments.

Prior to joining PwC in March 2015, Cyrille was the General Manager of a multi-billion revenue business unit at in Europe ("Fulfillment By Amazon") and also led product related innovation and growth initiatives for the Amazon Marketplace in Europe.

Prior to that, Cyrille co-founded Freever, a mobile internet start-up, in 2000, managed product lines in the digital media/ mobile subsidiaries of group Vivendi (Vizzavi and SFR), headed the international expansion of Akamai Technologies, a global leader in cloud computing, as Director of Development and then CFO for international, and founded Cleverstep in Paris in 2009,  a strategy consulting and corporate finance services boutique, to help small/ mid-sized high-tech accelerate their growth through fund-raising and M&A activities.

Cyrille started his career in 1992 as a consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co and later at McKinsey & Co in Paris and Boston where he managed engagements in the high-tech sector. He graduated from ESSEC Paris in 1990 and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is fluent in French and English.

Working experience

  • Director of Product Management, (April 2014 - March 2015)
  • General Manager, Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) Europe (October 2011 - April 2014)
  • Founder & CEO, Cleverstep, (June 2009 - September 2011)
  • CFO International (Senior Director), Akamai Technologies, Inc. (January 2007 - March 2009)
  • Director of Development & Operations, Akamai Technologies, Inc. (October 2005 - December 2006)
  • Director of Messaging Business Unit, Vivendi Group (April 2003 - September 2005)
  • Director of Content & Services, Vizzavi (January 2002 - April 2003)
  • Vice President Strategy & Business Development and CFO/Co-founder, Freever (April 2000 - December 2001)
  • Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company, Inc (1997 - 2000)
  • Senior Associate, Arthur Andersen & Co (1992 - 1995)
  • Second Lieutenant, French Navy (1990 - 1991)

CEO, Makafriend - Senior Analyst, Wikistrat - TEDx Speaker

Guy-Philippe Goldstein is a management consultant, and an analyst of cyber warfare. His acclaimed novel, Babel Minute Zero, is a forward-thinking look at the role of cyberwar in global geopolitics. He is a Senior Analyst on the Cyberdesk for Wikistrat, a global network of national security & strategy subject matter experts. He is also a contributor to the Journal of Military & Strategic Affairs, a publication of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel-Aviv. He has also given talks at TEDx Paris, TEDx Athens and was a keynote speaker for Tel Aviv University’s cyber-warfare conference.

Head of CyberSecurity, Airbus DS

François Lavaste has been appointed Head of CyberSecurity at Airbus Defence and Space effective August 1st , 2015.

As Head of CyberSecurity, he holds the overall responsibility of the cyber activities of the division.

From October 2013, François Lavaste was appointed Head of Arkoon Netasq, subsidiary of the CyberSecurity entity of Airbus Defence and Space. As part of its growth strategy, Airbus Defence and Space had acquired Netasq in November 2012 and Arkoon in April 2013. Before the acquisition, Francois has been Head of Netasq's board of directors since early 2007. In 2006, he served as General Manager EMEA of Tricipher, a specialist in secure access and strong authentication management (acquired in 2010 by VMWare).

From 1996 to 2006, François Lavaste was active in Silicon Valley where he joined Intuit, the worldwide leader in accounting and personal finance management tools for SMEs. He then contributed, as Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, to the success of Brightmail, a pioneer in anti-spam filtering technologies (acquired by Symantec in 2004); as well as to the success of Cyanea Systems, an application performance measurement software publisher (acquired by IBM in 2004); and that of Mindjet, the publisher of the MindManager software program and specialist in solutions for improving collaboration.

François started his working career in technology in 1992 as a partner in the creation of Eneide, a CRM software publisher, which was acquired by Coheris in 2000.

François Lavaste was born in 1966 in Versailles (France). He is graduated from ESCPEurope, a European graduate business school, and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is general secretary of the ACN (Alliance pour la Confiance Numérique) and a member of the investment committee of a venture capital fund and involved in several entrepreneurship related programs, including the Founder Institute and the mentoring program of the Paris Chamber of Commerce.

President, CPSI (Collège des Professionnels de la Sécurité de l'Information)

Rodolphe Mans is currently Head of Operational Risk Management and Corporate Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL).
He joined the BIL 17 years ago as CISO (Corporate Information Security Officer), that is to say he implements, develops and manages the entire BIL Group Information Security. In this capacity, Rodolphe proactively works to identify information security risks and establish and maintain an overall and cross-cutting vision of all aspects of the Bank's information security in order to provide the appropriate level of protection.
He also coordinates technological and human aspects in defining a security policy; he implements it and ensures it is improved as necessary so that it remains appropriate to the Bank's needs over time.

As Head of Operational Risk Management, Rodolphe is in charge of describing the internal operational risk management framework and of ensuring that it is implemented and applied across the BIL Group. Based on the Bank's risk profile, he develops the (re)insurance policy and (re)insurance system within the Bank and its branches/subsidiaries and makes sure that they are adequate. Finally, Rodolphe analyses the risks related to the availability, confidentiality and integrity of information; he also defines the strategy, designs actions and implements projects to reduce these risks to an acceptable level.

Before joining BIL, Rodolphe Mans worked for Cap Gemini for two years.

For the past five years, Rodolphe Mans has been teaching the "Working in Information Security Management" and the "human Communication" modules at the University of Luxembourg and he is in charge of the first module taught in the master's degree programme, whose objective is to provide students with practical feedback on the CISO profession, objectives, constraints, strategies, obstacles, tools and techniques.

Furthermore, Rodolphe has been Chairman of the Board of Luxembourg's CPSI - "Collège des Professionnels de la Sécurité de l'Information" - since it was founded in June 2010. He was re-elected to the post in late 2013.
The CPSI aims to promote the profession of Chief Information Security Officer, to recognize individuals having CISO expertise and to develop these skills.

Network Global Leader, PwC's Accelerator

Laurent Probst is a partner at PwC Luxembourg and he is in charge of PwC’s Accelerator. Within the PwC Luxembourg Consulting practice, he also advises governments and EU institutions in innovation policies, and has been appointed PwC Innovation network leader in 2011.

Laurent Probst heads PwC’s Accelerator network whose purpose is to help high-growth companies go global. Laurent Probst advises fast-growing, international enterprise software companies, security companies as well as financial technology and big data companies. He focuses on market prioritisation, business model changes, business and government contacts, financing solutions and managing board expectations. Laurent Probst has been developing PwC’s Accelerator out of Luxembourg and the network ultimately aims to cover 25 countries and 90% of the world economy.


Founder and Managing Partner, COMPAS Advisory

Carlos Ramon is a globapreneur with 25+ years of building and executing the international strategy and operations of technology companies: two members of the Nasdaq-100, Peoplesoft and Akamai; one member of NYSE, Silver Spring Networks; and as CEO of Conviva.

Today, Mr. Ramon, is the Founder & CEO of COMPAS, an enterprise software platform that has helped many technology companies plan and execute successfully their global expansion. In addition, he serves in the board of directors of 4 leading technology companies with an emphasis in global scalability. Last, he is a sr. advisor to two leading Silicon Valley private equity firms and a regular guest speaker at YPO, Vistage and Stanford Business School events.

Mr. Ramon holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Baylor University and an SEP 2007 graduate from the Stanford School of Business. He is a citizen of the world who was raised in Uruguay and lived in Brazil, France, Chile, fluent in 4 languages, and now back in the Silicon Valley for the past 9 years with his wonderful wife and three kids. He is crazy about soccer - so you better like Luis Suarez if you want to connect with him!

Cyber Security Director, PwC Luxembourg

Ludovic has more 15 years of experience in Information Security. He was involved in defining, managing and implementing IT security strategy of a Bank in Luxemburg and then of its subsidiary dedicated for IT infrastructure.

Ludovic joined PwC in 2013 to manage and develop the Cyber Security Practice at PwC. He is now managing a team of more than 10 experts specialised in assessing the Cyber Security capabilities (both on technical and governance aspects) of our customers, in designing and/or implementing Cyber Security solutions.

Ludovic is certified CISSP, ISO 27001 Lead Implementer and ISO27005 Risk Manager.

Managing Partner and Founder, Evolution Equity Partners

Dennis Smith is a Partner in Evolution Equity Partners that invests into Growth and Early stage with a strong focus on Cyber Security, Enterprise and Consumer crossover. The geographic area invested into is Europe and North America.

Evolution Equity Partners established the Evolution Technology Fund L.P, under the AIF regulations in Luxembourg in September 2015.  The Fund invests into high-growth businesses led by exceptional entrepreneurs and teams that can be helped to build national and international success in Technology.

Prior to founding Evolution, Mr. Smith was an information technology Consultant, Executive and private investor. As an information technology executive and consultant, he has founded, and/or developed, and exited companies on 3 continents with 2 major IPO's in Europe and the United States with European companies.

Mr. Smith's information technology consultancy roles focused on strategic planning globally and the diagnosis of the reasons for underperforming IT environments in government, banking and finance, manufacturing and public utilities. Often following with personally leading and executing actions to remedy and improve their performance at which time the leadership was returned to in-house staff. As a multi-national IT executive Dennis has successfully completed such roles as Board Director, Managing Director, CEO, Product Manager, sales and marketing, VP solutions, VP business development in both start-ups and companies undergoing accelerated growth, as well as mature companies. His current and previous Board seats and investments include AVG Technologies (NYSE:AVG), Cognitive Security (NASDAQ:CSCO), DFLabs, Nej-TV, Slevomat, Sixty-K, Nextivity, Bright Power, and others. Dennis holds a B.A. from York University, Toronto and a Tertiary Diploma in Computer Programing from Humber College Institute of Technology, Toronto.

CEO, Security made in Lëtzebuerg g.i.e. (SMILE)

Pascal received two master degrees from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium: one in "astrophysics" and one in "applied information technology". After a first experience in ICT at Canal+ Belgium as software engineer, he joined the eLuxembourg Task Force in 2002 as project manager for the LuxTrust project and other network and information security projects. Today, Pascal is CEO of SECURITYMADEIN.LU, the structure behind the three main information security initiatives of the Luxembourg government: CIRCL, CASES and BEE SECURE. He is also lecturer in information security at the University of Luxembourg, member of the ENISA management board and vice-president of the CLUSIL (an association representing the information security landscape of Luxembourg).

Partner, Jerusalem Venture Partners

Yoav brings to Jerusalem Venture Partners ("JVP") over 20 years of experience in Enterprise Software, including C5I and Cyber Security, as well as Digital Media, Content and Telecom VAS. He serves on the board of several JVP companies including ThetaRay, Morphisec, Coro.Net, SecBI, SCADAfence, Secret Double Octopus, Uponit and SourceDefense. Tzruya also led JVP's investment in CyActive (acquired by Paypal), which today serves as Paypal's global cyber R&D center. Prior to joining JVP, Tzruya held general management, marketing, product and technology executive positions in various technology companies. Tzruya led mission-critical C4I projects for the Israeli Air Force. Tzruya holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Tel-Aviv University, as well as an Executive MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management’s international program.

Cyber Security Leader, PwC Luxembourg


Vincent Villers is an Information Technology Partner, mainly focussing on Cyber Security and Privacy.


Vincent Villers is in charge of the Cyber Security and Privacy service offering. He leads the Cybersecurity, Digital Trust, Forensic Technology practices of PwC Luxembourg.

Working experience

Vincent Villers is an Internal Control specialist with focus on processes and systems. Thanks to his experience in several Industries, he has gained relevant wide knowledge of best practices of Governance Risk and Controls topics. Vincent Villers is specialised in Information Systems Risk, Cybersecurity and Privacy.


  • Graduated in Business Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain
  • Certified Information System Auditor (ISACA)

Deputy Managing director, POST

IT graduate of the University of Liège, Pierre Zimmer started his career in the civil service in 1990. He was subsequently responsible for a series of IT projects for the Luxembourg State and, in 2005, became advisor to the Minister at the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reform, responsible for the eLuxembourg initiative. In 2005, he helped launch LuxTrust and was the managing director of the company; moreover, he worked on the merger between CIE and the eLuxembourg department, taking on the role as director of the Centre des Technologies de l’Information de l’Etat (CTIE) in 2009. In 2013, he joined POST Luxembourg's management team as Chief Information Officer (CIO). Pierre received the "CIO of the Year" award in 2015. In April 2016, Pierre Zimmer joined the Executive Committee of POST Luxembourg as Deputy Managing Director.


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