Lecturer Information Security at Thomas More Hogeschool Mechelen (since 1999)
DPO in the healthcare sector
Member of the Flemish Supervisory Commission (Vlaamse Toezichtcommissie – VTC)
Active in data protection and information security since 2003
What does Peter do?
Peter Berghmans is one of the pioneers in data protection in Belgium. In 2012 he founded Data Protection Institute (DPI) to prepare future Data Protection Officers from the public and private sector for the introduction of the GDPR. He is mainly working as DPO in the health sector and member of the Flemish Supervisory Commission.
Peter at the Data Protection Institute
Peter started his career as a teacher at the Thomas More University College in 1999. Teaching is in his blood. Around 2003, he started working actively with information security and data protection in local authorities. His expertise and insight in educational approaches brought him to the Data Protection Institute.
“As a neutral player, we at DPI are good at coaching, preparing and encouraging people to get started as DPO,” says Peter Berghmans. “Every week we train 20 to 70 people to become DPOs and in total more than 2000 participants have already followed our training programmes.”
Peter as a teacher
Peter does not start from a theoretical/legal framework, but takes a pragmatic approach to the GDPR guidelines. He translates these into practical and realistic advice that is suited to smaller organisations.
With more than 20 years of hands-on technical and executive leadership experience in IT security architecture & technology, Security Operations Centres, Managed Security Services (MSSP), and Industrial Control security, Gert is convinced that you can make your cybersecurity working for you as a gain instead of a pain.
He has always been an advocate of IT security solutions that are business-aligned, focused, and cost-effective, hence he founded together with Tom Van den Eynde Cybervalue. We are passionate about security solutions that provide value to an organisation’s performance, reliability, agility and its reputation.
Prior to his current role, Gert was CTO at a dedicated security ‘scale-up’ in London focused on providing Managed Detection and Response services, and before that Gert acted as Verizon’s Subject Matter Expert in security analytics, SOC, SCADA/ICS protection, and led a global team of Practice Leaders focused on designing and delivering threat management solutions.
With more than 20 years of hands-on technical and executive leadership experience in IT Security Architecture & Technology, Security Operations Centres (SOC), Managed Security Services (MSSP), Information Security Strategy and Governance (CISO), Incident Response and OT Security, Tom is convinced that you can make Cyber Security working for you as a gain instead of a pain.
Prior to his current role as co-founder and managing partner at Cybervalue, Tom was technical operations executive and CISO at a dedicated security ‘scale-up’ in London focused on providing Managed Detection and Response services. Before that, Tom was CISO at Worldline and performed strategic consulting roles at both HPE and IBM. Tom led Verizon’s global consulting practice focused on security analytics, SOC, SCADA/ICS protection and threat management solutions.
Christian holds a PhD in Sciences from the University of Brussels and works as an independent consultant, auditor and coach.
Since more than 25 years, he is supporting executives and leaders looking to increase their own resilience as well as the resilience, continuity and sustainability of their enterprises.
He’s been working in very diverse and international environments abroad and in Belgium (BNPParibasFortis, Record Bank / ING, Sibelga, PwC, NMBS, Baloise, Etablissements Français du Sang, Roche pharma, Hamon, …).
Christian’s vision and experience from the field is that best resilient enterprises stay in business and grow by also caring about their people, technologies and environment. Hence the need for a winning sustainability strategy supports fight against climate change and reduction of the environmental footprint.
On a more personal touch, he is the proud father of 2 teen girls, and that’s another strong thrive for developing resilient paths on a daily base and offering his family a better future.
Stephen has some 25 years of experience in IT and 12 years in OT cyber risk management, with experience in business strategy, competitive analysis and cyber risk management. He has been working as an independent consultant for 22 years.
Stefaan’s professional journey started way back in 1988 as an engineer in the R&D unit of Agfa Gevaert. After some intermediate company changes, Stefaan joined IBM in 1997 as Architect for Systems management solutions first, and since 2001 for (cyber)security solutions. In his role as Security Architect, he fulfilled several positions in Benelux, Europe and at global level. Also, he achieved in 2015 his Level 3 Architect Certification (Open Group Distinguished Architect) and since 2021 he is the Benelux Architect Profession leader (across all IT domains). In his current role as member of a WW team, he assists IBM Clients with security innovative projects.
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