Strengthening cybersecurity and resilience in region

  • Mr. Vladimir CUC, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova 
  • H.E. Jānis MAŽEIKS, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova
  • H.E. Mrs. Laura HRUBY, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
  • H.E. Mr. Cristian-Leon TURCANU, Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Moldova 
  • H.E. Mr. Tomasz KOBZDEJ, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Moldova 
  • Mr. Stanislav SECRIERU, National Security Advisor, Presidential Administration, Republic of Moldova 
  • Mr. Alexandru CORETCHI, Director of Information Technology and Cyber Security Service, Republic of Moldova 
  • Mr. Hannes ASTOK, Executive Director and Chairman of the Management Board at e-Governance Academy, Estonia

Moderator: Mrs. Epp MAATEN, Team Leader of the Moldova Cybersecurity Rapid Assistance Project (EU), e-Governance Academy, Estonia

Panel 1 | Promoting Cybersecurity Cooperation in the Region: Strategies for International Collaboration and Resilience

In today's ever-changing cyber-threat landscape, it is crucial to prioritize international cooperation alongside technical solutions. Cybersecurity goes beyond individual organizations and has a significant impact on industries and nations due to our interconnected digital world. This panel emphasizes the importance of transparent communication, diverse perspectives, and partnerships across sectors in building a resilient cyberspace. We will explore effective collaboration mechanisms among industries, governments, and technology innovators to address widespread cyber challenges.

  • Mr. Anatolie GOLOVCO, Cyber Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, Republic of Moldova
  • Mrs. Epp MAATEN, Team Leader of the Moldova Cybersecurity Rapid Assistance Project (EU), e-Governance Academy, Estonia 
  • Mr. Jaïr H. van der STELT, Foreign Affairs Officer at U.S. Department of State
  • Ms. Valentina STADNIC, ITU Office for Europe
  • Mr. Tadeusz CHOMICKI, Ambassador for Cyber & Tech Affairs at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mrs. Yuliia VOLKOVA, Director of the International Cooperation Department, State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection, Ukraine

ModeratorMr. Endrit DEMI, Senior Coordinator for Energy, Cybersecurity, and Economic Development Assistance at U.S. Department of State 


Presentation | Governments and institutions face the challenge of maintaining cybersecurity without compromising individual freedoms

Privacy is a crucial aspect that requires careful consideration to maintain the delicate balance between national security interests and fundamental human rights, specifically the right to privacy. In today's digitally interconnected world, governments and institutions must navigate the challenge of ensuring cybersecurity while also respecting individual freedoms. This presentation will explore the complex intersection of privacy, national security, and cybersecurity, analyzing legal frameworks, technological advancements, and policy considerations that can achieve a harmonious equilibrium between these critical elements. The aim is to tackle urgent issues concerning surveillance, information sharing, and individual liberties in the face of contemporary security challenges. It ultimately promotes inclusive solutions that safeguard national security interests while upholding the human rights of citizens.
Mr. Alar AMBROS, Chancellery of Justice of Estonia

Coffee break

Panel 2 | National Security through National Cyber Crisis Response Strategy

In today's digital age, national security extends beyond physical borders and military capabilities. It now includes the realm of cyberspace, where threats can originate from anywhere and have far-reaching consequences on critical infrastructure, financial systems, and society as a whole. To effectively tackle these challenges, it is crucial to have a strong and comprehensive National Cyber Crisis Response Plan (NCCRP) that promotes intersectoral coordination. Valuable insights can be gained from studying the best practices of countries such as the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Romania, theNetherlands, and the United States.

  • Mr. Alexandru CORETCHI, Director of Information Technology and Cyber Security Service, Republic of Moldova 
  • Mr. Radu STANESCU, Adviser to the Director of Romanian National Cyber Security Directorate 
  • Mr. Justin NOVAK, Senior Security Operations Researcher at Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Mr. Nerses YERITSYAN, Director of the Information Systems Agency of Armenia 

Moderator: Mr. Klaid Mägi, Team Lead of EU4Digital Project “Cybersecurity East”, Estonia

Panel 3 | Building Cyber Resilience: the prism of the EU Normative

The panel will discuss the assurance of cyber resilience and continuity of critical services within the EU frameworks. The new EU Directives highlight the importance of conducting comprehensive risk assessments, proactive planning, and implementing resilient designs to ensure the security of critical infrastructure assets. This panel aims to explore the fundamental principles, methodologies, and best practices used to protect critical infrastructure across different sectors. The discussion will emphasize
the significance of cross-sector collaboration and public-private cooperation.
• Mr. Klaid Mägi, Team Lead of EU4Digital Project “Cybersecurity East”
• Mr. Magnus JACOBSON, Swedish Bankers’ Association, Senior Cybersecurity Adviser
• Mr. Silver LUSTI, Head of Legal Department, Estonian Information System Authority
• Mr Vitalie VARANITA, Legal Expert, Moldova Cybersecurity Rapid Assistance Project (EU)
Moderator: Mrs. Elsa NEEME, Senior Cybersecurity Expert at the e-Governance Academy, Estonia

Networking Lunch

Panel 4 | Workforce Development, The Power of Training, Education, Certification and Empowerment of the Companies Cyber Skills

Research in cyber workforce development aims to identify effective methods and technologies for organizations to cultivate the necessary knowledge and skills in their cyber workforce. With cybersecurity becoming a fundamental concern, the demand for cybersecurity professionals has significantly increased. Obtaining a Cybersecurity certification is crucial in gaining the essential skills, knowledge, and experience needed to advance one's career in this field as technology continues to advance.


  • Mr. Jan Pieter SPAANS, Managing Director Mainland Europe SANS Institute
  • Mr. Todd SPIRES, Director, Cyber and Digital Resilience Programs at CRDF Global
  • Mr. Gabriel RAICU, Vice Rector, Maritime University of Constanta 
  • Mrs. Cynthia WRIGHT, Principal, Cyber Strategy & Policy at the MITRE Corporation
    Moderator: Priit VINKEL, Senior Expert at the e-Governance Academy, Estonia

Panel 5 | The emerging trends and future in cybersecurity

The panel discussions will explore the evolving landscape of cybersecurity. This session will delve into the latest trends, technological advancements, and shifting dynamics in the digital security realm. Experts will discuss predictions and insights about the future direction of cybersecurity, focusing on new threats, innovative defense strategies, and the impact of emerging technologies. The panel aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of what lies ahead in cybersecurity, preparing participants for upcoming challenges and opportunities in protecting digital assets and information.

  • Mrs. Gratiela Magdalinoiu, President at ISACA Romania, Romanian Chapter
  • Mrs. Gratiela MAGDALINEANU, President ISACA Romania
  • Mrs. Magda (Andreianu) JIANU, South Eastern Europe District Manager at Palo Alto Networks 
  • Mr. Dragos IONICA, Manager in Cyber Risk Advisory, Deloitte Romania
  • Mrs. Ivana ARAPU, Head of Corporate Security, Orange Moldova
  • Mr. Alex CALISTRU, Adobe Cyber Security, Romania 

Moderator: Mrs. Merle MAIGRE, Programme Director of Cybersecurity, e-Governance Academy, Estonia  

Coffee Break

Panel 6 | The New Reality - Cybercrime and financial fraud-related challenges

Cybercrime is primarily motivated by the desire for illegal financial gains. A growing area of concern is the need to combine cybercrime investigations with financial probes and intelligence. This is important for tackling issues such as online crime proceeds, financial fraud, money laundering, virtual currencies, and Darknet activities. The panel will discuss the importance of collaboration between criminal justicecauthorities and private sector entities in addressing these challenges. Partnerships between financial institutions and law enforcement agencies are vital in safeguarding society from sophisticated criminal threats, particularly in the realm of cybercrime. These collaborations are crucial in the intricate dance of financial investigations. The panel's objective is to address the challenges related to fraud, money laundering, and tracking online crime proceeds. It emphasizes the importance of joint efforts in tackling these issues and aims to explore strategies for creating a more secure digital financial world.

  • Mr. Hein DRIES, Cybercrime Programme Office at Council of Europe
  • Mr. Giorgi SHERMAZANASHVILI, Payment Systems and Information Security, National Bank Georgia 
  • Mr. Goran JANKOSKI, Cybercrime Programme Office at Council of Europe 
  • Mr. Mircea Constantin SCHEAU, President Cloud Security Alliance Romania Chapter
    Moderator:  Ms.  Kim ZOETBROOD, CIO Office, Royal Netherlands Army

Closing remarks and Practical Takeaways

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SANS Institute Workshop “Blue Team Fundamentals: Security Operations and Analysis”

Welcome coffee

SANS Institute Workshop “Blue Team Fundamentals: Security Operations and Analysis”

Mr. Cristian Mihai VIDU, Certified SANS Instructor

Coffee Break

SANS Workshop “Blue Team Fundamentals: Security Operations and Analysis”

Mr. Cristian Mihai VIDU, Certified SANS Instructor

Lunch Break

SANS Workshop “Blue Team Fundamentals: Security Operations and Analysis”

Mr. Cristian Mihai VIDU, Certified SANS Instructor

Coffee Break

Lecture and Demonstration on the Fundamentals of Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA)

CEMA operations are used by military forces to seize, preserve, and exploit dominance over hostile adversaries in both cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS).
Operator Mike, Royal Netherlands Army

Workshop Threathunting

Threat hunting is the practice of proactively searching for cyber threats that are lurking undetected in a network. Cyber threat hunting digs deep to find malicious actors in your environment that have slipped past your initial endpoint security defenses
• Colonel Pawel DONIEC, H-CSIRT, Polish Cyber Command

Triage of Cyber Incidents

With threats on the rise, organizations must take steps to guard against cyber incidents and minimize damage when they do occur. This is where cybersecurity triage comes into play. Triage involves prioritizing incidents by severity level so that the most dangerous threats can be contained quickly.
• Mr. Rob HUBERTSE, Deputy Head of the Netherlands Defense Cyber Security Center