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.
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.
Active in the field of information security and data protection since 2002
Security advisor/auditor with broad knowledge of all aspects of information security and with extensive eGov experience (social security, ehealth, military, …) in various roles (security consultant/officer, IT security researcher, CISO/DPO as-a-service)
Since 2022 Expert Cybersecurity & Certification at the Centre for Cybersecurity Belgium (CCB).
Commissioner-investigator at the Belgian Supervisory Body of Police Information
Employed for more than 20 years in the Belgian Federal Police in different positions both at national and regional level, always related to the management of operational police information, including public order and judicial police
Involved in the development of a national ANPR network
Head of service at the Communication and Information Service of the District of Halle Vilvoorde
Worked as chief operations for the Belgian Air Support Unit and for the Intelligence Department of the National Public Order Directorate.
Involved in the functional development of several police applications, and acted as a representative in working groups with regards to police law and national guidelines for the processing of police information
Occasionally sent abroad to participate in international information exchange centers established at the occasion of large scale international events such as G8 Summits and NATO meetings
Participated to several international seminars and trainings
Participate to several international courses and seminars
Sent to Burundi twice in order to contribute to the training of local police officers and in order to develop a national communication center with regards to the 2015 national elections
Guest lecturer at different police academies with regards to police information matters
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