13 June 2018: High Level Day – setting the requirements for rapid response

08:30 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:10 Opening ceremony and welcome speech

09:10 – 10:00 The operational challenges of rapid response

Keynote speeches:

  • Mr. Martin KONERTZ, European Defence Agency (EDA)

  • Brigadier General Vasil SABINSKI, European Union Military Staff (EUMS)

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 12:30 Panel I: Cyber Education, Training and Exercises- Building the Cyber Response workforce.

Moderator: Mr. Salvador LLOPIS, EDA CAT

  • Mr. Ilias KATSAGOUNOS, European Security and Defence College (ESDC)
  • Ms. Chelsey SLACK, NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Luis António Salomão DE CARVALHO, EUMTWG Cyber Discipline
  • Prof. Dr. Todor TAGAREV, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Panel II: Cyber Defence Rapid Response Capability: The R&T dimension.

Moderator: EDA ESI Mr. Panagiotis KIKIRAS

  • Mr. Fabio MARTINELLI, European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)
  • Mr. George SHARKOV, ESI Center Eastern Europe
  • Alessandro ZANASI, Zanasi & Partners


15:00 – 15:30 Transportation to the National Military Museum

15:30 – 18:00 Visiting the National Military Museum

18:00 – 18:30 Free time

18:30 – 21:00 Gala dinner in National Military Museum


14 June 2018 Workshop Day: Rapid Response Solutions

09:00 – 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 10:00 Building an EU Rapid Response

Keynote speeches:

  • Mr.  Edvinas KERZA, Vice-Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania, PESCO PROJECT: “Cyber Rapid Response Teams and Mutual Assistance in Cyber Security”

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00 Panel III: Exercising the Rapid Response Force.

Moderator: Prof. D.Sc. Yantsislav Yanakiev, Bulgarian Defence Institute “Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov”, Bulgaria

  • Mr. Frederic GARNIER, CERT-EU
  • Mr. Paolo Jorge Soares DOS SANTOS, CEPOL
  • Mr. Douglas WIEMER, RHEA Group
  • Otylia Bieniek, War Studies University Poland, The Geopolitics of Cyberspace. Nationwide Cyber Security Review


12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:30 Panel IV: Research on Cybersecurity and Cyberdefence: Cyber Situation Awareness

Moderator: Col. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nikolai Stoianov, Deputy Director, Bulgarian Defence Institute “Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov”

  • Dr. Margaret Varga, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (remote)
  • Ricardo Baretzky, CYBERPOL & ECIPS, Why we are here today!
  • Mr. George SHARKOV, Adviser on cyber defence to the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria
  • LtC Prof. DSc. Ruslan Hryshchuk, Sergei Korolev Zhytomyr Military Institute, Ukraine
  • Mr. George Talev, BIANOR, Preventing Cyber Threats: Building secure solutions from the bottom up


14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 16:30 Panel V: Training and developing a Rapid Response Force.

Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Velizar SHALAMANOV, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

  • Prof. DSc Yantsislav Yanakiev, Bulgarian Defence Institute “Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov”
  • Andrzej Stempień, War Studies University Poland,Threats in the media in the context of the creation of Territorial Defence Forces and Polish experiences during mission in Afganistan
  • Dr. Yehuda Hamovitz, DH&A - Dr. Hamovitz & associates, Advanced behavioral approaches in building the excellent rapid response force
  • Telelink PLC

16:30 – 17:00 Closing remarks