European Cyber Defence Industry Conference

26 February 2019, Tallinn

09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee
09:30-09:35 Welcome
09:35-09:55 Keynote

09:55-11:15 Panel session I: European Cyber Defence Market

This session will look into opportunities and challenges of the Cyber Defence industry in Europe. It will also explore the boundaries between Cyber Defence and Cyber Security, technological priorities for the EU and cooperation between small and large companies.

  • Moderator:
    Heli Tiirmaa Klaar, Estonian Ambassador for Cyber Security
  • Speakers:
    Angelo Tofalo, Undersecretary of State for Defence, Italy (tbc)
    Martin Ruubel, President, Guardtime
    Pablo Gonzales, NATO & EU Defence Programs director, Indra
    Jean-Manuel Erades, Vice-President & Cybersecurity Program Director, Naval Group (tbc)

11:15-11:45 Coffee break and Networking

11:45-13:00 Panel session II: EU Funding for Cyber Defence 

This session will focus on opportunities for funding research and development projects offered by programmes such as the European Defence Fund and European Structural and Investment Funds. It will feature some successful case-studies and examples of regional cooperation.

  • Moderator:
    Paul Anciaux, Policy Officer Defence Industry, European Commission
  • Speakers:
    Oliver Väärtnou, CEO, Cybernetica
    Nicolas Imbert, Policy Officer on Defence and Cyber Defence, European Commission
    Fabio Cocurullo, Head of Engineering, Leonardo (tbc)
    Annie Audic, Project Director, Regional Council of Brittany (tbc)

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Panel session III: Cyber Defence Skills

This session will gather insights on the skills needed by European Cyber Defence companies. It will also look at instruments and programmes available to improve the skills pool through cross-country and EU-level cooperation.

  • Moderator:
    Lauri Almann, CEO, BHC Laboratory/CybExer
  • Speakers:
    Christina Balis, Director Services and Products Strategy, Group Strategy & Planning, QinetiQ
    Elektra Tsigaridas, Policy Officer Defence Industry, European Commission
    Jaak Aaviksoo, Rector, TalTech

 15:30-16:00 Coffee break & Networking


16:00-18:00 TechTalks and B2B meetings
We will provide 10 minute slots for presentations during TechTalks. To take part of the session, please send us a short idea or onepager on the topic you would like to present to

18:00-20:00 Reception & Networking 

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Accommodation information

All participants are responsible for their own accommodation booking.
Special rates have been negotiated for this conference at the Radisson Blu Olümpia.

  • Price: Standard room with a rate of 95€/night

Accommodation period: 25-27.02.2019.
We kindly asking you to book a room as soon as possible to ensure space by clicking here.

 All rates of 95€ include breakfast and VAT per day and per person.

Cutoff 1 month prior to the arrival date. After 25 January all the rooms will be released.

Cancellation terms for individual reservations: