Full conference and workshop schedule

NIAS2017 will operate 4 parallel workshop tracks:

    • STREAM 1: Strengthening the weakest link – the weakest link is definitely people and their behaviour. This discussion stream will consider topics like cyber hygiene, insider threat, data leakage prevention, national cyber security programmes involving industry, compliance framework and legislations…and more


    • STREAM 2: Securing the connected soldier  – modern soldiers rely heavily on IT technology to accomplish their missions; for this reason these services have to be reliable and accessible at all times. This discussion stream will consider topics like the modernization of cryptos, Information Assurance practices and solutions, IoT devices enabling war fighters and their security aspects, secure communications with the mission (in operating?) theatre, …


    • STREAM 3: Increasing resilience and ensuring business continuity – The question is not IF we are going to be compromised but WHEN? How can we prepare for cyber-attacks and how can we maintain essential operational services while an attack is happening. How can we preserve the integrity of our critical systems and key data despite security breaches?


    • STREAM 4: Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Machine Learning – the future of cyber security ? – How have Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Machine Learning been applied to the defence sector? Where can they be useful?  How efficient and reliable are these new approaches? What is the impact of AI on the mindset and skills of security analysts?
STREAM 1 – Red Theatre

coordinator: Patrick Coumans


STREAM 2 – Green Theatre

coordinator: Diana Sapatoru


STREAM 3 – Orange Theatre

coordinator: Brian Bottesini


STREAM 4 – Blue Theatre

coordinator: Yucel Alver


Shuttle Bus Schedule

Best Western Casteau Resort and Hotel Lido only!

Tuesday 17/10/2017


07h45 – Depart Best Western Casteau

08h00 – Best Western Lido

08h15 – Arrive LOTTO Mons


19h45 – Depart LOTTO Mons Expo

20h00 – Best Western Lido

20h15 – Arrive Best Western Casteau



Wednesday 18/10/2017


07h45 – Depart Best Western Casteau

08h00 – Best Western Lido

08h15 – Arrive LOTTO Mons Expo


17h45 – Depart  LOTTO Mons Expo

18h00 – Best Western Lido

18h15 – Arrive Best Western Casteau


19h00 – Depart Best Western Casteau

19h15 – Best Western Lido

19h30 – Arrive VAN DER VALK


22h45 – Depart VAN DER VALK HOTEL

23h00 – Best Western Lido

23h15 – Arrive Best Western Casteau



Thursday 19/10/2017


07h45 – Depart Best Western Casteau

08h00 – Best Western Lido

08h15 – Arrive LOTTO Mons Expo


12h15 – Depart LOTTO Mons Expo

12h30 – Best Western Lido

12h45 – Arrive Best Western Casteau


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Kevin J Scheid

Kevin J Scheid

General Manager, NCI Agency.


Mr Kevin J Scheid of the United States has served the Federal Government for over 30 years in a number of progressively senior positions at the White House, Intelligence Community, and the Department of Defense. In November, 2016, Mr Scheid was selected by the 28 Nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to serve as General Manager, NATO Communications and Information Agency, effective 1 July 2017.

For the past two years, Scheid was on assignment from DOD to the MITRE Corporation as the special advisor to the CEO and President. He led a corporate-wide project to expand MITRE’s international engagements with US allies and partner nations. MITRE is a not-for-profit corporation that provides strategic and technical support to the US Department of Defense and other agencies throughout the Federal government.

From 2009 to 2013, Scheid was seconded to NATO as the Deputy General Manager (DGM) of the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency. He simultaneously held the positions of DGM, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Acquisitions. Based in The Hague, Mr. Scheid oversaw C4ISR capabil- ity development programs and major acquisitions for NATO Commands, Headquarters, Agencies and its 28 member nations.

Prior to NATO, Scheid served as the Deputy Comptroller for the Department of Defense (2006 to 2009). He supported the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and the Deputy Secretary with advice and analysis on funding for defense activities including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, major defense acquisitions, intelligence programs, and effectiveness of the budget processes.

Prior to joining the Department of Defense (1996 to 2006), Mr Scheid served in the Office of the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He performed oversight and made recommendations to the DCI on a variety of intelligence agencies including the National Reconnaissance Office and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. During this period (2003-2005), Scheid was the senior advisor to the independent US “9-11 Commission,” leading a team of investigators in a review of the performance of United States Intelligence in the years prior to the terrorist attacks, and worked with the Commission on reforms of United States Intelligence.

Scheid began his career at the White House Office of Management and Budget as a budget examiner overseeing the programs of the Department of Commerce (1985 to 1988) and the Central Intelligence Agency (1988 to 1996).

Scheid earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and European Studies (1982); and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs (1985); both from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a mountaineering enthusiast having climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mt. Elbrus in Russia and made a first attempt to summit Denali in Alaska, USA (May 2016). He was born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Rose Gottemoeller

Rose Gottemoeller

NATO Deputy Secretary General.


Gottemoeller took up her position in October 2016, after serving nearly five years as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. Department of State. As Under Secretary, Gottemoeller advised the Secretary of State on arms control, nonproliferation and political-military affairs. She was acting in this position from 2012 to 2014, while concurrently serving as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (2009-2014). In this capacity, she was the chief U.S. negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation, which entered into force on February 5, 2011 and is currently in implementation.

During her time as Undersecretary of State, Gottemoeller focused on defense and security cooperation in Europe and Asia, peacekeeping policy and training, and weapons and mine abatement in post-conflict locales around the world.

Prior to the Department of State, beginning in 2000, she was a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, with joint appointments to the Nonproliferation and Russia programs. She served as the Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center in 2006-2008.

From 1998 to 2000, as Deputy Under Secretary of Energy for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation and before that, Assistant Secretary and Director for Nonproliferation and National Security at the U.S. Department of Energy, she was responsible for all nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and the Newly Independent States.

Prior to her work at the Department of Energy, Gottemoeller served for three years as Deputy Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. From 1993 to 1994, she served on the National Security Council staff as Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs, with responsibility for nuclear threat reduction in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. Previously, she was a social scientist at RAND and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. She has taught on Soviet military policy and Russian security at Georgetown University and is fluent in Russian.

Gottemoeller was born in Columbus, Ohio. She received a B.S. from Georgetown University, and an M.A. from George Washington University. She is married to Raymond Arnaudo, a retired diplomat and expert on polar policy. They have two grown sons, Daniel and Paul, who work in information technology.

RADM Thomas Daum

RADM Thomas Daum

Deputy General Manager and Chief of Staff NCI Agency

RADM Thomas Daum was appointed Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer for the NATO Communications and Information Agency as of 25 January 2016. He also acts as the Location Principal for Bâtiment-Z in Brussels, Belgium.

Prior to joining the Agency, RADM Daum was assigned Head of the Division for Information Technology in the Federal Office of the Bundeswehr for Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support in Lahnstein, Germany in October 2012. From 2010 to 2012, he served as a branch head in the Navy Staff, Ministry of Defence in Bonn, Germany, followed by an appointment as a branch head in the Strategy and Operations Division, Ministry of Defence in Berlin. From 2009 to 2010, he performed as the Head of Division for Communications and Information Systems in the German Fleet Command Staff in Gluecksburg.

In 2006, he was appointed as the Branch Head for Communications and Information Systems and the NATO C3 Representative of the staff of the German Military Representative at NATO an European Union in Brussels, Belgium.

Prior to assuming this position, he served as the Branch Head for IT Requirements Management at the Federal Office of the Bundeswehr for Information Technology and Information Management from 2004 to 2006.

Within Information Technology business, he served as a scientist staff officer in the Computer Science Department of the Armed Forces University Munich, as a section head in the German Fleet Command in Gluecksburg and as a staff officer in the Navy Staff, Ministry of Defence in Bonn.

From 2003 to 2004, he commanded the 2nd Fast Patrol Boat Squadron in Rostock. During this appoint- ment, he commanded a Fast Patrol Boat Task Unit during NATO Operations ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR.

Within Operational business, he served as an operations officer and executive officer on several fast patrol boats and commanded FGS S41 TIGER from 1990 to 1991. Later, he served as Deputy Commander of the 3rd German Fast Patrol Boat Squadron in Flensburg and as a section head in the Bundeswehr Operations Command in Potsdam.

RADM Daum joined the German Navy in 1981. He studied Computer Science at the Armed Forces University in Munich from 1982 to 1985 and participated in the 38th Admiral Staff Course at the Armed Forces Staff College in Hamburg from 1996 to 1998.

RADM Thomas Daum was born in Hagen, Germany, on 17 July 1962. He is married to Anke and resides in Brussels, Belgium.

Milica Jankovic

Milica Jankovic

General director for Electronic management and Information security, Deputy Minister of Public Administration.

Mr Alexander De Croo

Mr Alexander De Croo

Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services Belgium.

MGEN Walter Huhn

MGEN Walter Huhn

Commander of the NATO CIS Group / Deputy Chief of Staff CIS & Cyber Defence.


Major General Walter Huhn was born in Walsrode, Germany, on 14 May 1958. He joined the German Airforce in 1976 and, following officer training, studied Electrical Engineering at the Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg and graduated in 1981. After training as a Tactical Radar Control Officer, he served from 1981 to 1989 in different positions in Tactical Air Control Battalion 34, Schleswig.  From 1989 to 1991 he took part in the German Air Force General Staff Officers’ Course (34th).  His following appointments include:
1991-1993, Commander of 121st Tactical Air Control Unit in Goch.
1993-1994, Staff Officer in the German Air Force Command in Cologne.
1994-1996, Staff Officer in EU/WEU affairs Armed Forces Staff, Federal Ministry of Defence.
1996-1999, Staff Officer for NATO Internal and External Adaptation, Policy Branch, SHAPE.
1999-2000, Secretariat of the Commission “Common Security and Future of the Bundeswehr”
2000-2001, Commander Tactical Air Control Battalion 24, Freising.
2001-2003, Branch Chief Long Term Conceptual Objectives and International Affairs, German Air Force Conceptual Development and Inspections Division.
2003-2006, First Counsellor and Military Adviser. Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN, New York, including Germany’s membership in the UN Security Council.
2006-2009, Head Crisis Management Branch (International Situation, Crises & Conflicts, Terrorism), Policy Planning and Advisory Staff, Federal Minister of Defence.  In 2009 was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and served as its Deputy Director until 2011.
2011-2014, Senior Military Adviser in the Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, European External Action Service, Brussels.
2014-2015, Senior Political Military Adviser, Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU.
Major General Huhn assumed his current position on 24 July 2015. He was awarded the Bundeswehr Cross of Honour in Gold.
He is married to Elisabeth (neé) van Eycken. They have four daughters.
Sporting interests include skiing, snowboarding, cycling and long-distance running.
MGEN Carlos Gomez Lopez de Medina

MGEN Carlos Gomez Lopez de Medina

Commander of the Joint Cyber Defence Centre, Spain



Spanish Air Force Academy Graduate, class of ’81.

As a Lieutenant, he served at the Royal Guards Regiment, in His Majesties´ residence.

As a telecommunications specialist, he has served in technical posts both in the Spanish Air Force and in NATO.

He served as Commander of the Air Force´s Signals Group prior to being appointed as aide-de-camp to His Majesty King Juan Carlos I.

For the better part of his career as an Officer he was involved in the planning, implementation, operation and maintenance of the different Command and Control systems of the Spanish Air Force.

As a full Colonel he was assigned to the Air Force Staff and later as the Chief of the Control and Reporting Center (CRC) at Torrejón AFB.

He was promoted to Brigadier General in July 2011 and posted to the Logistics Support Command (Weapon System Directorate).

He was promoted to Major General in July 2014.

He is graduated from the Air Force C2 Technical School, the Air Force War College and the High Studies National Defence Centre (CESEDEN).

He is in possession of several national and international civilian and military awards and decorations.

MGen Medina is married to Encarnacion and they have one son and one daughter.

LGEN Jeffrey Lofgren

LGEN Jeffrey Lofgren

Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability Development, Allied Command Transformation.


Lt. Gen. Jeffrey “Jeff” Lofgren is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability Development, Headquarters Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, VA. He acts as the Allied Command Transformation’s Director for NATO capability development providing guidance, direction and coordination to a directorate consisting of 26 branches that are functionally grouped to focus on NATO Defence Planning, Capability Engineering and Innovation, Command and Control, Deployability and Sustainability capabilities. The general supports the commander with emphasis on improving alliance interoperability in order to enhance NATO’s operational capabilities to meet NATO’s current and future requirements.

General Lofgren entered the Air Force in 1984 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, he has served as an F-16 instructor pilot at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. and Luke AFB, Arizona. In 1992, he was selected to be one of the initial cadre for the standup of the composite wing at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.

The general’s staff assignments include Headquarters U.S. Air Force as Joint Requirement Oversight Council coordinator, the Joint Staff J8, in the Force Structure, Resources and Assessment Directorate and as Deputy Director of Operations for USNORTHCOM, Peterson AFB, Colorado, where he was responsible for all homeland defense, defense support to civil authorities and theater security initiatives in Mexico, Canada and the U.S.

The general commanded the 14th Fighter Squadron, Misawa Air Base, Japan, deploying to Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia, in support of Operation Southern Watch where he flew combat sorties in the F-16. He has also commanded the 388th Operations Group at Hill AFB, Utah, the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea and the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia.

He further commanded the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nevada, where he was responsible for shaping the way our force fights through operational testing, tactics development and advanced training, in air, space, and cyberspace at the operational and tactical levels. His most recent assignment was as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, and Deputy, Combined Forces Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia. As the deputy, the general is responsible for the command and control of a 20-nation area of responsibility covering Central and Southwest Asia.

He is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours in the F-16, KC-10 and training aircraft.

Earl D Matthews

Earl D Matthews

Vice President of Enterprise Security Solutions Group, HPE-DXC Technology.


Major General (Ret) Earl D. Matthews is vice president of Enterprise Security Solutions Group for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, U.S. Public Sector. In this role, General Matthews leads a team of cybersecurity experts who deliver strategic, end-to-end solutions to help HPE clients anticipate, overcome and reduce security threats and vulnerabilities while achieving their missions.

Most recently, General Matthews served as the Director, Cyberspace Operations and Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, DC. He provided oversight for the Cyberspace Operations and Support Career Field Functional Manager, responsible for the development of 42,000 officers, enlisted and civilian personnel.

One of General Matthews’ notable positions was his tenure as Chief Information Officer, US Transportation Command, where he executed a $500M annual budget in support of a $15.4B multi-modal transportation business.

General Matthews earned his Bachelor of Science degree Computer Information Systems from Northern Arizona University, followed by a Master of Arts in Computer Resource Management from the Webster University and completed the Executive Business Program, Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, Earl completed 6-Sigma AFSO Leadership at the University of Tennessee and Executive Logistics and Technology Program, University of North Carolina.

Dr Gregory Edwards

Dr Gregory Edwards

Director Infrastructure Services, NCI Agency.


On 1 December 2014, Dr Gregory Edwards assumed the post of Director Infrastructure Services in the NATO Communications and Information Agency. He is responsible for the life cycle aspect of the Telecommunications Networks and IT Infrastructure; Core and Enterprise Services; Information Technology Modernization Program Executive oversight; in addition to comprehensive solutions for Cyber Security and System Management and Control for the entire NATO Alliance.

Prior to joining NATO, Dr Edwards held various positions at the Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA) (2010 –2014). As the Vice Director of Joint Information Environment (JIE) Technical Synchronization Office he led the architectural engineering and design to develop the JIE for the Department of Defence (DoD). He orchestrated activities with Combatant Commands, Services and Agencies to realize a JIE comprised of shared IT infrastructure, enterprise services, and a sin- gle security architecture goal. As the Deputy for Command Centre Operations for DISA, he led day-to-day operations for an $8.7M, 263 person staff, global Command Centre responsible for DoD Information Enterprise operations and executing global cyber security defence for US Cyber Command. In 2013 he was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, under the DoD Civilian Expeditionary Workforce program to serve as a Senior Telecommunications Advisor to the Afghanistan Minister of Communications and Information Technology. In 2008, Dr Edwards joined Qwest Government Services Inc. as a Senior Program Manager responsible for managing a $150M fiber optic transport and $500M provisioning services contract portfolio.

Prior to assuming this position, he served as an officer in the active duty Air Force, Communication and Computer Systems for 26 years. His career of distinguished and honourable service included communications and electronic leadership, management, operations, planning, engineering and integration responsibilities. Highlights are serving as the Senior US Joint Service Communications Director and Information Officer in South Korea. He also led DISA’s unclassified Data Network Services Branch in executing a budget of $200M for global data network program management, provisioning, sustainment and life-cycle support. As the Executive Assistant to the Director of DISA, he helped translate a command, control, communications, computer and intelligence system vision into actions focused on revolutionizing military affairs. He also served as a DISA liaison with the National Security Agency to integrate Public Key Infrastructure technology into the Defense Message System. As a military Foreign Area Officer, he was a skilled linguist and served as the Director of a Korean Language translations division.

Dr Edwards earned Bachelors degrees in both Computer Science and Management, Masters degrees in National Resource Strategy from the National Defence University and Information Resource Management from Webster University. In 2011, he received a Doctorate in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, Information Technology Systems from Walden University. He is a graduate of Yonsei University’s Korean Language Centre. He earned several military medals and awards of distinction, as well as, official commendations from the Republic of Korea’s Chief of Staff of the Army and Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff for C4ISR interoperability accomplishments. Publication: Doctoral thesis, “Federal Government Information Systems Security Management and Governance are Pacing Factors to Innovation”.

Lorena Marciano

Lorena Marciano

Data Protection and Privacy Officer, CISCO.

Lorena has joined Cisco as Senior Corporate Counsel two years ago . Prior  to  joining Cisco , she has been working eight years for top tier national and international law firms in  Italy, Belgium and US with main focus on Data Protection and Privacy and Competition law. She has actively participated in an Italian Data Protection and Technology Law Think Thank, providing independent policy advice on regulatory framework. Lorena is an Italian qualified lawyer and holds a Law Degree from University of Rome and a LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law from the University of Akron, US.

Matthew Rapier

Matthew Rapier

Vice President and CTO for Security and Information Systems Division, Leonardo.

Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson

Vice President Enterprise Security Group, Microsoft .


Ann Johnson leads the Enterprise Cybersecurity Group in their mission is to accelerate customers’ digital transformation with trusted solutions and expertise to build the secure modern enterprise.
Before joining Microsoft, Ann was CEO at Boundless, an open source geospatial software and services provider. Prior to Boundless, Ann was with Qualys, Inc., as president and chief operating officer, a provider of cloud security and compliance solutions that enable organizations to identify security risks to their information technology infrastructures, help protect their information technology systems and applications from cyber-attacks and achieve compliance with internal policies and external regulations. Prior to Qualys, Ann was vice president of World Wide Sales/IPV and Global Accounts at RSA Security LLC, a subsidiary of EMC Corporation which provides solutions to protect customer online identities and digital assets.
Ann is a recognized cybersecurity industry leader with a proven track record for building and leading high-performing global enterprise software operations. Ann has a background in cybersecurity, infrastructure and storage and is a frequent speaker on topics of online banking fraud, information security, healthcare security, mobile security, privacy and compliance.
Ann is a graduate of Weber State University in Utah where she completed a dual major in political science and communications. Ann is passionate about horseback riding, skiing and any water-related activity as well as cooking and organic gardening. She lives with her husband, son, and three rescue dogs in the Puget Sound area.
Christophe Crous

Christophe Crous

Head of Security Solutions, Proximus.

Leslie Anderson

Leslie Anderson

Chief Security Officer, BT.


Les Anderson comes to BT from GCHQ, the UK government’s signal intelligence and security agency, where he developed and delivered complex various IT security capabilities.

Before joining GCHQ, Anderson spent 10 years at the UK Ministry of Defense’s research agency in Malvern, Worcestershire, where he developed IT security capabilities and managed large scale defense procurements.

BT has built a sizeable security business that includes a global team of 1,300 security practitioners, 600 global security specialists and a professional services team of approximately 4,000.

The division has been going through its own leadership transition. In December, Bruce Schneier, a prominent security researcher and BT’s CTO of Managed Security Services, left the company.

Anderson comes at a time when cyberattacks have been on the rise at large multinational corporations. According to Websense Security Labs, 85 percent of malicious links used in web or email attacks were located on compromised legitimate websites.

Anthony Grieco

Anthony Grieco

Trust Strategy Officer, CISCO.


As Senior Director and Trust Strategy Officer at Cisco, Anthony Grieco leads the Trust Strategy Office and is responsible for ensuring Cisco and its customers embed security, trust, data protection and privacy in to future strategies, products and business models.

Under his leadership, Cisco’s Trust Strategy Office builds strong cyber security partnerships with customers, governments, and partners globally to enable business growth and transformation by accelerating the use of trusted technology, development and implementation of secure processes, policies and culture.

Anthony’s organization is also responsible for Cisco’s security and trust efforts related to the Internet of Things (IoT). Risk governance, next generation architectures, as well as working with the larger IoT ecosystem, are all efforts focused on ensuring security, trust, data protection and privacy – and core to the future success of IoT.

Over his 18 years at Cisco, Anthony has held a variety of leadership roles in development engineering, product management, marketing, and strategic planning. He is on the board of the National Cyber Security Alliance and is a trusted security advisor to industry and Cisco customers around the globe. Anthony also advises multiple startups and serves as a member of the Wake Forest Technical Advisory Board.

Anthony holds a Master’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Sophie Houssiaux

Sophie Houssiaux

Group SVP and Head of R&D Big Data & Security, ATOS.

Bill Bradley

Bill Bradley

Senior Vice President, Cyber Engineering and Technology Services, CenturyLink.


Joined CenturyLink


Positions Held

  • Vice President and Chief Technical Officer – 1999
  • Chief Information Officer – 2009
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer – 2010
  • Senior Vice President, Cyber Engineering and Technology Services – 2016


  • Bachelor’s Degree/Computer Science – Louisiana Tech University/Ruston, Louisiana

An industry-leading executive with more than 31 years at CenturyLink, Bill Bradley has a depth of experience in driving information technology and cyber security, transforming the company from a rural telephone provider to a global leader in advanced IP-enabled network, cloud/hosting, IT services and cyber security.

Currently Senior Vice President of Cyber Engineering and Technology Solutions, Bradley’s roles at CenturyLink have ranged from software developer to Chief Technology Officer to Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for managing, maintaining and developing CenturyLink’s internal cyber security and engineering function and is helping grow CenturyLink’s cyber-based technology services portfolio. He leads a global workforce to ensure the company is protected and its cyber technology services customers receive support from a trusted partner with deep technical experience.

During his tenure as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer, Bradley’s leadership was fundamental in CenturyTel’s acquisition of Embarq in 2009, creating CenturyLink, successfully integrating hundreds of applications, converting millions of customers to a single consumer billing system and tripling the scale of the IT organization. Building on this experience, he also contributed to CenturyLink’s acquisition of Qwest in 2011, doubling the scale of the IT organization to support millions of customers and more than 40,000 employees. Bradley’s focus on creating a “one company” mindset, following these acquisitions, helped set the foundation for the technological and cultural transformation at CenturyLink.

Bradley has a passion for innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, illustrated by his efforts to establish CenturyTel as an Internet Service Provider in 1997. Bradley is also recognized externally for his ability to develop collaborative relationships between industry and academic organizations. He provides his expertise to academic advisory boards at several universities, including Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University, promoting the growth of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). He also serves on the board of cyber security company RiskSense. Bradley believes the foundation of a well-balanced and productive life is to follow your passion, work hard and give back to your community.

Phil Quade

Phil Quade

Chief Information Security Officer, Fortinet.


As Chief Information Security Officer for Fortinet, Philip Quade has responsibility for Fortinet’s information security, leads strategy and expansion of Fortinet’s Federal and Critical Infrastructure business, and serves as a strategic consultant to Fortinet’s largest enterprise customers. Prior to Fortinet, Phil was the NSA Director’s Special Assistant for Cyber and Chief of the NSA Cyber Task Force, with responsibility for the White House relationship in Cyber. Previously, Phil also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Information Assurance Directorate at the NSA, managing day-to-day operations, strategy, and relationships in cybersecurity. He held a variety of roles earlier in his tenure at the NSA, including as the head of the Information Operations Technology Center’s Advanced Technology Group, as a professional staffer to the U.S. Senate, and in the Office of the Director for National Intelligence.

Peter Scaruppe

Peter Scaruppe

Director Acquisition, NCI Agency.


Mr Peter Scaruppe took up the post of Director Acquisition for the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency on 1 October 2013.

Previously, from May 2011 to September 2013 Mr Scaruppe was Industry and Market Director at the European Defence Agency (EDA). There he was in charge of EDA’s work to develop a globally competitive European Defence Equipment Market and a capability driven European Defence Technological and Industrial Base.

Before assuming this position, he was Assistant Director for Defence Market at the EDA Industry and Market Directorate from 2009. His responsibilities encompassed the coordination of the Agency’s initiatives to increase transparency, competition and fair opportunities in the European Defence Equipment Market, develop Security of Supply arrangements and address the specificities of the defence market.

Prior to that, he served as Head of Division, Analyses and Armaments Economics in the Directorate General of Armaments of the German Federal Ministry of Defence, Bonn. There, among other duties, he was in charge of defence industrial affairs and he represented Germany in the Letter of Intent (LoI) Executive Committee, which he chaired in 2004.

From 1999 to 2004 he served as Counselor for Defense Cooperation and Economics at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C.

From 1995 to 1999, he worked in various capacities in the Directorate General of Armaments of the German FMoD. During that time he was on the team representing Germany in Panel III (Procedures and Legal Affairs) of the Western European Armaments Group (WEAG).

From 1985 to 1995, Mr Scaruppe worked for the Federal Office for Military Technology and Procurement in Koblenz, Germany. Within that period, he participated in the Scientists and Engineers Exchange Program between the German Federal Ministry of Defence and the US Department of Defense and was assigned as a Cost and Price Analyst to the US Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, USA.

He graduated Diplom-Kaufmann (equivalent of a Master’s Degree in Business) from the University of the German Armed Forces, Hamburg.

Mr Scaruppe is a member of the European Peace and Security Studies Academic Advisory Council at Vesalius College, Brussels, and a member of the Presidency Committee of the German Association for Defence Technology.

Ian West

Ian West

Cyber Security Chief, NCI Agency.


The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) Cyber Security (CS) Service Line (SL) is responsible for planning and executing all life cycle management activities for cyber security.

The Cyber Security Service Line provides specialist cyber security-related services covering the spectrum of scientific, technical, acquisition, operations, maintenance, and sustainment support, throughout the life cycle of NATO information communications and technology, enabling secure conduct of the Alliance’s operations and business in the NNEC environment and in the context of NATO’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance (C4ISR).

The Service Line provides cyber security services to NCI Agency customers and users, as well as to all other elements of the Agency, including all Service Lines, Programme Offices, CIS Support Units/Elements, and the Agency Ops Centre.

Cyber Security is responsible for providing the broad spectrum of services in the following specialist security areas: CIS Security, Cyber Defence, Information Assurance, Computer Security & Communications Security.

In executing its responsibilities, the CS SL provides support to the development and implementation of cyber security-related policy, strategy, and provides lifecycle security risk management services for all NATO ICT.

Cyber Security leads in the development of new capabilities and innovation in cyber security. Cyber Security incorporates the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC) Technical Centre, providing specialist services to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from cyber security incidents.

Matt Roper

Matt Roper

Chief, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, NATO Communications and Information Agency and NIAS2017 Moderator.