The Cybersecurity Working Group is the main instrument for DISCOVERY to ensure high quality debate and engagement in relation to international collaboration in EU-US cybersecurity collaboration. The cybersecurity WG has produced an input paper detailing the mutually beneficial priority topics for cooperation between EU-Canada and EU-US cybersecurity issues.


Jim Clarke

Programme Manager, WIT TSSG

He has been coordinating international cooperation projects for a number of years. From 2011 – 2013, he was the project coordinator of a European Framework Program 7 Co-ordination action entitled BIC, which stands for Building International Cooperation for Trustworthy ICT: Security, Privacy and Trust in Global Networks & Services. He engaged the European Union trust and security research and program management communities with their peers in Brazil, India and South Africa and enabled the collaboration with research communities in trust and security already established in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Korea that were established in the INCO-Trust project that Mr. Clarke also coordinated from 2008 – 2010. Mr. Clarke has actively involved in the EU’s Network and Information Security Platform and within the ICT research community for many years, having served in various international conference committees as program committee member. He has been twice elected on two year terms as Steering board member of the European Networked and Electronic Media (NEM) Technology Platform.

Working Group Members


Claudio Caimi

Coordinator and Programme Manager, HPE

Field of excellence, Research area: Cloud, Security. Claudio holds a master’s degree in Computer Science, a Master in Marketing and a PMI certificate. He has more than 20 years of working experience in the IT and Consulting environments by international companies. He has gone through several different experiences, from pure technical to Marketing, and Project/Programme Management as most vast experience. In HP since 2000, he has worked for several Italian and international projects ranging from Financial, Printer, to HW Infrastructure. Since 2008 he is part of HP Italy Innovation Center in the role of Project/Programme Manager mainly involved in European funded projects of FP7 and H2020, covering thematic with a strong focus on cloud architecture, and security.


Alberto Leon-Garcia

Scientific Director, NSERC Strategic Network for SAVI

Professor in electrical and computer engineering
Researcher in communications network architecture. Author of electrical and computer engineering textbooks with specialty areas include but not limited to router and switch design; traffic and resource management; virtualization; network design algorithms; performance modelling.


Tina Höfinghoff

Consultant, MUC Summit GmbH

She is a passionate transatlantic networker, is founder of the TransAtlantic-Dialogue platform, and works as an expert for evaluation of innovation projects of the European Commission. As Managing Consultant at the think tank acatech, she is responsible for the design and establishment of a “Transatlantic Innovation Dialogue”. Prior to joining acatech, she was Managing Director of the Amerika Haus e.V. in NRW, a public-private partnership dedicated to the strengthening of German-American relations. After receiving her diploma in International Business and Cultural Studies in Passau, she earned a Master’s Degree in Contemporary TransAtlantic Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), the University of Bath (UK) and the Freie Universität Berlin. Both through her academic as well as her professional experiences, she has built up a vast network in the transatlantic community. She is a fellow of the Manfred-Wörner-Seminar that brings together young Americans and Germans to discuss U.S.–German/EU security interests, and was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (SAIS) in Washington D.C. Other relevant work experience includes a position as the Administrative Director of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at the Max Planck Institute in Munich and as a Project Manager at a Communication Agency in Munich.


Bart Preneel

Professor, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Austria, University of Bergen in Norway, Ruhr-Universität in Bochum and at the University of Ghent. He is a scientific advisor of Philips Research in Netherlands. During the academic year 1993-1994, he was a research fellow of the EECS Department of the University of California at Berkeley. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 scientific publications and is an inventor of two patents.He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cryptology, the IEEE Transactions on Informations and Security, and the International Journal of Information and Computer Security. He is also a Member of the Accreditation Board of the Computer and Communications Security Reviews (ANBAR, UK). He has participated to more than 20 research projects sponsored by the European Commission, for four of these as project manager. He is currently project manager of the European Network of Excellene ECRYPT. He has been program chair of five international conferences (including Eurocrypt 2000 and SAC 2005) and he has been been invited speaker at 25 international conferences and workshops;he has served on the program committee of more than 100 conferences


Brian Honan

Information Security Consultant, BH Consulting

He is recognised as an industry expert on information security providing consulting services to clients in various industry segments. His work also includes advising various Government security agencies and the European Commission on matters relating to information security. In 2008 Brian founded the Irish Reporting and Information Security Service hich is Ireland’s first CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team). Brian is a member of the Advisory Group on Internet Security to Europol’s Cyber Crime Centre (EC3).  Brian has addressed a number of major conferences on information security, is author of the book “ISO 27001 in a Windows Environment” (, has published a number of technical papers and been technical editor and reviewer of a number of industry recognised publications. Brian is also the European editor for the SANS Institute’s weekly SANS NewsBites, a semi-weekly electronic newsletter. Brian specialises in the following: ISO 27001, Information Security, Security Risk Management and Compliance, Service Level Agreements and Service Level Management, Operational Management, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, and Information Security Incident Response


Dr. Martinelli is Senior researcher at IIT-CNR, leader of the cyber security project. He is co-author of about two hundreds scientific papers. His main research interests involve security and privacy in distributed and mobile systems and foundations of security and trust. He is involved in several Steering Committees of international conferences, workshops, and working groups, like the IFIP WG 11.14 on secure services and software engineering. He acts as manager of R&I projects on information and communication security as FP6-FP7 Aniketos, Coco-Cloud, CAMINO, Connect, Contrail, SESAMO, Consequence, Sensoria, S3MS, GridTrust. Fabio is also the coordinator of the FP7-NoE NESSoS on Engineering Secure Future Internet Services and the H2020 MSCA ITN NeCS (European Network in Cyber Security).

Fabio Martinelli promoted and coordinated the ERCIM Security and Trust Management WG (2005-2009) that is still a very active community contributing also to cyber security roadmapping activities. Currently, Fabio is co-chair of the WG3 on Secure ICT research and innovation of the Network and Information Security – NIS Platform, a public-private cooperation promoted by the European Commission, and has been one of the 5 facilitators of the cPPP on cybersecurity and he served as coordinator of the first edition of the cPPP Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO). Currently, Fabio Martinelli serves as First Director in the board of ECSO. At national level, Fabio Martinelli coordinates the CNR Cyber Security Project and co-leads the technological platform for national security (SERIT, SEcurity Research in ITaly).

Fabio Martinelli

Senior researcher, IIT-CNR

Rebecca Wright

Professor in the Computer Science Department and Director of DIMACS

Professor in the Computer Science Department and Director of DIMACS at Rutgers. Earlier, she was a professor in the Computer Science Department at Stevens Institute of Technology and a researcher in the Secure Systems Research Department at AT&T Labs and AT&T Bell Labs. As director of DIMACS, Dr. Wright sets directions for the center, runs center programs, and seeks funds for center programs.  Her research spans the area of information security, including cryptography, privacy, foundations of computer security, and fault-tolerant distributed computing, as well as foundations of networking. She has played a lead or leading role in security and privacy research projects including the NSF-funded PORTIA project, the DARPA-funded Jana project, and the IARPA-funded SPADE project.  At NSF’s request, she also has led two workshops for Aspiring PIs in Secure and Trustworthy Computing, and has led a number of international coordination and collaboration workshops with the EU under FP7-ICT INCO-TRUST and BIC projects, Japan, and China.  Dr. Wright serves as an editor of the International Journal of Information and Computer Security and of the Transactions on Data Privacy. She is a member of the board of the Computer Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), and was previously a member of the board of directors of the International Association for Cryptologic Research. She has been Program Chair of Financial Cryptography and the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) and General Chair of Crypto, and has also served on numerous program committees. She received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University, a B.A. from Columbia University, and an honorary M.E. from Stevens Institute of Technology.


Dan Caprio

Chairman, The Providence Group

Dan Caprio is an internationally recognized expert on data privacy and cybersecurity. Dan has served as the Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce, a transatlantic subject matter expert for the European Commission’s Internet of Things formal expert group, a Chief of Staff for a Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission and a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. He has specialties in the following areas cybersecurity enterprise risk management, US and EU privacy, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, big data, cloud computing, privacy enhancing technologies, internet public policy, government and regulatory affairs, public advocacy, technology policy


Menouer Boubekeur

Manager, United Technologies Research Center

Dr. Menouer Boubekeur has more than ten years of industrial and academic research and technology management experience in innovation, software/system engineering, cyber physical systems, security and energy. Dr. Boubekeur currently leads the External Research Development activities at the European Research Center for UTC, high-technology products and support services provider to customers in the aerospace and building industries worldwide. He has proven records in writing and winning European proposals in various technology/application domains. He leads a number of projects in CPS areas, including cyber security, IoT and digital factory.
Dr. Boubekeur holds a Ph.D. from the University of Joseph Fourier for research into formal verification of asynchronous circuits in late 2004. He has authored and co-authored patents, journal and conference papers in the areas of complex systems, embedded and real-time systems, Cyber physical systems and cyber security.


Evangelos Markatos

Head of the Distributed Computing Systems Laboratory, FORTH

Evangelos Markatos is Head of the Distributed Computing Systems Laboratory, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), Greece


Miko Hyponnen

Chief Research Officer, F-Secure

Since the 1990s, Hyppönen has assisted law enforcement in the United States, Europe and Asia on cybercrime cases and advises governments on cyber crime.[6] His team has been responsible for taking down the Sobig.F botnet.In 2004, Hyppönen co-operated with Vanity Fair on a feature, The Code Warrior, which examined his role in the Blaster and SobigComputer worms.Hyppönen has keynoted or spoken at various conferences around the world, including Black Hat, DEF CON, DLD, and RSA. In addition to data security events, Hyppönen has delivered talks at general-interest events, such as TED, TEDx, DLD, SXSW andGoogle Zeitgeist. He’s also spoken at various military events, including AFCEA events and the NATO CCD COE’s ICCC. Hyppönen is a reserve officer in the Finnish Army. Hyppönen has been a member of the advisory board of IMPACT (International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats) since 2007 together with Yevgeny Kaspersky, Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Professor Fred Piper and John Thompson. Hyppönen is a columnist for BetaNews and Wired.He has also written on his research for CNN, The New York Times[13] and Scientific American. In 2011, he was ranked 61st in Foreign Policys Top 100 Global Thinkers report.


Initiator and founder of EOS (cooperative company gathering the most important European private security stakeholders to develop and implement European security solutions and services).
Advisor to the European Commission. Close link at high and operational level in EU Institutions and National Administrations as well as national, European and international organisations dealing with security issues.
Coordination of European activities for the business development of EOS Members in the different security domains (Border Control, Civil Protection / Crisis Management, Fight Terrorism and Crime, Protection of Critical Infrastructures, Cybersecurity, Urban Security). Development of EU strategies, policies and business opportunities leveraging upon technical innovation and economic growth.
Leader of a multi-cultural team of 10 people (EOS Team).
President (since 2010) of the Steering Board of the French ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) for security research. Member (since 2009) of the Security Advisory Group of the E.C. for Security Research.

Luigi Rebuffi

CEO, European Organisation for Security (EOS)

Eli Sugarman

Program officer, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

International, technology, and cybersecurity policy expert with more than 10 years’ private sector, nonprofit, and government experience. Regular commentator on cybersecurity, government surveillance, data privacy, and Internet governance in leading outlets, such as Forbes, The Atlantic, Quartz, and Christian Science Monitor.


Nina Olesen

Senior Project Manager at European Organisation for Security

After a traineeship at the European Commission’s DG Communication in 2010, she worked for the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) as a policy advisor. She joined the European Organisation for Security (EOS) in January 2013 where she worked as a Cybersecurity Project Manager and helped set up the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), the private counterpart to the European Commission in the cPPP on cybersecurity. She is now a policy manager in ECSO, in charge of coordinating the various WGs and supporting the implementation of the cPPP.


Ana Anton

Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Antón currently serves on several boards, including:, the NIST Information Security & Privacy Advisory Board, an Intel Advisory Board, and the Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board.

In 2012, she was appointed by President Obama to the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. She is a former Vice Chair of the U.S. ACM Public Policy Council. and former member of the U.S. DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, the Computing Research Association (CRA) Board of Directors, the NSF CISE Advisory Council, the U.C. Berkeley TRUST Research Center Distinguished External Advisory Board, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Board of Trustees, the Microsoft Research University Relations Faculty Advisory Board, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, CRA-W and the IDA/DARPA Defense Science Study Group.  Antón is a senior member of the IEEE, a ACM Distinguished Scientist.

Antón was previously a professor in the Computer Science Department of the College of Engineering at NC State University (NCSU), where she founded ThePrivacyPlace.Org. She is a three-time graduate of the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, receiving a Ph.D. in 1997 with a minor in Management & Public Policy, an M.S. in 1992, and a B.S. in 1990 with a minor in Technical and Business Communication.


Chris LaRoche

User Experience (UX) Consultant at MIT

LaRoche has an extensive career in a variety of positions in the technology and higher education fields continually focused on improving the customer experience for all users.

He has worked as a User Experience (UX) professional with an emphasis on both research and evaluation of software and Web-based products for diverse audiences. Experience includes a long career in various positions focusing on understanding and improving the user experience.

Over fifteen years of teaching practitioner-based courses within a university setting, focusing on teaching graduate-level usability, user experience, and user research courses. Almost all teaching has focused on teaching non-traditional students: so the population is much more diverse in age, education level, and general life experience than traditional college students. Hence, the focus is more on practical skills and training to help with job placement and career advancement.


George Portokalidis

Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology

Obtained PhD from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam on February 2010. Research interests are mainly around the area of systems and security, including software security, authentication, privacy, and software resiliency.

Portokalidis works  on information-flow tracking for a while now, and novel methods and technologies that can improve performance and accuracy. Working on hardening software against attacks based on memory corruption bugs, like code-reuse attacks. This has lead to a series of papers attacking various defenses proposed in academic papers and an interest in developing tools and metrics for evaluating defenses.  Also interested in exploring synergies to improve authentication on the web and the physical world.


Karl Levitt

Department of Computer Science, University of California Davis

Professor Levitt conducts research in the areas of computer security, automated verification, and software engineering. With respect to computer security he is working on techniques to detect malicious code (viruses, worms, time bombs, etc.) in programs and to detect attempts to penetrate or misuse computer systems, especially computer networks. With respect to verification, he is applying an automated theorem prover (Higher Order Logic – HOL) to the verification of hardware and software systems, especially operating systems for safety-critical embedded systems. With respect to software engineering, he is working on new methods for testing programs that make use of heuristic techniques and methods for automating the generation of operating system code from templates.


Colin Clark

Lead Software Architect at Inclusive Design Institute, Ontario College of Art and Design

Colin Clark is the Lead Software Architect at OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre. He is a co-founder of the Fluid Project, an open source community dedicated to improving the usability and accessibility of the open Web, and currently serves as its Technical Lead.

Colin is a contributor to a variety of other open source projects, including jQuery UI, uPortal, and CollectionSpace. He is an expert in designing accessible Web-based user interface architectures, and has worked in the field of inclusive software design for over a decade.


David Mann

Director and Chief Security Officer InBay Technologies

Lisa Snider

Access Changes Everything

Since 1999, my passion has been to make the digital world more accessible for people with disabilities, and share my accessibility knowledge through training, workshops, seminars and presentations to a wide variety of North American organizations, associations and institutions. I have been an accessibility advocate since 1999, and an internationally recognized expert in archival accessibility since 2010.

Over the past 17 years, I have specialized in digital accessibility. I make websites, documents, audio, video, born digital materials, social media postings and computers more accessible and usable for everyone. I have done this as a web developer, an archivist and now as a full time senior accessibility consultant in my company, Access Changes Everything.

I authored the 2014 book chapter ‘Access for All: Making Your Archives Website Accessible for People with Disabilities’, created the ‘Document Accessibility Directive’ for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, was the first person in the world to publicly work on long term born digital archival preservation and accessibility, am a member of the W3C Accessible Online Learning Community Group and am an active member of the Microsoft Office Accessibility Group and the Microsoft Mac Outlook Accessibility Group, collaborating with Microsoft to improve the accessibility of their products.


Nicole Cormier

Accessibility Consultant, City of Toronto


Alexey Kirichenko

F-secure Corporation, Finland



Nicolas Kourtellis

Associate Researcher at Telefonica Research

Worked with several renowned professors at USF, ANL/UoC, INRIA, NTUA, on research projects ranging from Social Network Analysis on Socially-Aware Distributed Systems and analyzing Social Media interactions, to Grid Middlewares and Grid Networks, Mobile Ad Hoc Networks and Robotic Systems and Mobile Social Applications.

Interested in designing distributed systems that facilitate services and applications for mobile users, and that incorporate social elements of user behavior for increased communication and storage efficiency and computational performance.

Prepared and taught the “Introduction to Operating Systems” course for the undergraduate degree of Computer Science. Lectured material, designed tests, assignments and projects and graded all such material.

Also assisted on the grading of projects, assignments, tests and homework for the course “Computer Design”, for programming in C.

Interested in learning and applying new teaching techniques from innovative research on education, for improving the teaching experience and level of knowledge acquired by both my graduate and undergraduate students.

Experience while working in international laboratories such as Argonne National Laboratory and INRIA:

Involved in current research on distributed systems such as adding socially-aware components in distributed file systems (e.g., BitDew), statistical analysis of workloads for grid network transfer protocols (e.g., GridFTP). Also explored the capabilities of the Earth System Grid and how it can be used to facilitate data sharing among different research groups.

Interested in collaborating with research fellows from around the world, exchanging ideas on current hot topics in distributed systems and then bringing research ideas and techniques back to my institution for further exploration and implementation into real systems.


Stefano Zanero

Information Security Consultant and Researcher, Politecnico di Milano. PICASSO project

Received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the Politecnico of Milano university, where currently an associate professor. Research interests focus on systems security: cyberphysical security, computer virology, malware analysis, financial fraud, and in general data analysis applied to security.

Speaker at international scientific and technical IT conferences such as Black Hat, Hack in the Box, and CanSecWest. Besides co-authoring books and scientific articles on information security,  Editorial board of the “Journal in Computer Virology”​.  Past  author of the “Security Manager’s Journal” column on Computer World Italy, for which I’ve won a journalism award.

In 2004 Zanero founded Secure Network, a market leader in Italy for penetration testing and boutique security consulting, based in Milan and London. In 2011 Co-founded 18Months, a firm specializing in cloud-based applications for mobile ticketing. In 2016 Zanero co-founded BankSealer, a spinoff of Politecnico delivering machine learning solutions for banking fraud detection.