Cybersecurity Panel: Some key challenges


One of the ACM Europe Conference main topic is covering Cybersecurity. The panel builds on the work started with EUACM’s white paper Advancing Cybersecurity Research and Education in Europe. The panellists are drawn from European Agencies, the USACM Public Policy Council and EUACM. The panellists will explain their own positions with respect to current trends in cybersecurity and engage in conversation touching upon issues in research, education and ethics of cybersecurity. There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussions with members of the audience.

The panel will be moderated by Chris Hankin, Imperial College (London) and will take place on the 7th of September from 18:00 until 19:30. It will be followed by a celebration of the ACM European Fellows.


Panel Composition

Prof Chris Hankin

Professor Hankin is a Professor of Computing Science at Imperial College London. He is co-Director of the College’s Institute for Security Science and Technology. His research is in data analytics and cyber security. He leads multidisciplinary projects focussed on developing advanced visual analytics and providing better decision support to defend against cyber attacks. He is Director of the Research Institute on Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems. From 2007-2013, he was Editor-in-Chief of ACM Computing Surveys. He is an elected member of the ACM Europe Council and a member of its policy group (EUACM) and the ACM Publications Board.



Prof Judith Gal-Ezer

Judith Gal-Ezer is a professor emerita of computer science at the Open University of Israel (OUI), the department of Mathematics and Computer Science. She developed numerous courses in Mathematics and Computer Science (CS) at the Open University, was one of the designers of the CS undergraduate programa and  served as Vice President of the University. She is the recipient of ACM SIGCSE 2007 “Special Contribution to computer science education” and of the IEEE 2015 Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award “For outstanding research and its practical application in the field of computer science education”. Professor Gal-Ezer serves now as a member of ACM-Europe Council, EUACM Steering Committee, the Advisory Council of CSTA (The international Computer Science Teacher Association) and on Google’s Education Advisory Council. She was one of the authors of the EUACM Cybersecurity Policy White Paper.


Mr Jeremy Epstein

Jeremy Epstein is Deputy Division Director for Computer and Network Systems at the US National Science Foundation, where he oversees NSF’s research funding in cybersecurity, networking, systems, cyber physical systems, computer science education, infrastructure, and other fields. Prior to his current role, he was a program manager at the US Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he led programs in privacy and software security, and lead program officer for NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program. He’s vice chair of the ACM US Public Policy Council (USACM), associate editor in chief of IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine, and founder/director of the ACSA Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) program. His research interests are broadly in the field of cybersecurity and privacy, and specifically in the areas of voting and elections.


Prof Manel Medina

Manel Medina is full Professor and Director of MsC Cybersecurity at the Politecnic University of Catalunya (UPC). He is founder and Dir. of esCERT-UPC, Spanish UPC Computer Emergency Response Team and advisor of ISMS Forum Spain, ENISA, CyberGreen and Stop.Think.Connect. In the past, he was Head of CERT relations Unit and Deputy Head of TCD at ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) and member of ESRIF, ESRAB, NIS Platform, to advise EU Commission in cybersecurity R&D&i topics. He has been founder of several spin-off companies as well as the cybersecurity advisor of several organisations as Safelayer Secure Communications, InetSecur / tb-segurity, SeMarket and Ready People.


Mr Gerhard Schimpf

Gerhard Schimpf is an independent consultant with experience in the banking, wholesale, airline, and utilities industries, where he helped large scale customers to implement Information Security Management Systems.. Prior to this role he was a Development and Product Manager with IBM and Senior IT-Security Manager with a German consulting firm. He is a member of the ACM SIGSAC and the German Chapter of the ACM where he initiated IT-Security live, an annual technical exchange conference for Information Security Managers and Researchers. He was a member of the ACM Europe Council until 2005. Currently he is chair of the Committee of European Chapter Leaders (CECL) a standing committee of the ACM Europe Council. He was one of the reviewers of the EUACM Cybersecurity Policy White Paper.