18 November 2021

Community Perspectives On The Future of Cybersecurity in Europe

CyberSec4Europe presents national cybersecurity community representatives discuss their hopes and expectations for the future of cybersecurity


18 November 2021


The Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union

As plans for the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network are being fulfilled, the wider cybersecurity community continues to play an important role in helping to shape requirements and processes.

Each Member State has its own set of cybersecurity-related priorities or agenda relevant to the specific strengths of its key sectors, many of which have a common set of challenges. Of particular interest is the degree of connectedness of the communities with each other, both at national and supranational levels, which plays into expectations relating to the governance and decision-making processes of the national coordination centres and their relationship with the new European Cybersecurity Competence Centre in Bucharest. In the evening’s roundtable, national cybersecurity community representatives from across Europe shared their experiences, challenges and their aspirations for the future of cybersecurity in Europe.

Here is a report on the evening discussion.

Mark Weinmeister’s Welcome Address:


The CyberSec4Europe Roundtable Discussion:



Keynote speakers

Miguel González-Sancho

Since July 2018, Miguel has been Head of Unit for Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building in DG CONNECT at the European Commission, where he has worked for over 20 years, particularly on policy files, as well as research and innovation programmes, focusing on the social and economic impact of digital technologies. His previous responsibilities include Head of Unit for eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing; Head of Unit for Administration and Finance; Deputy Head of Unit for Policy Coordination; Deputy Head of the Unit for Technologies and Social Inclusion, and member of cabinet of a European Commission Vice-President. Miguel holds degrees in law, business administration, international relations and European policies.



19.00 Welcome:

  • Mark Weinmeister, Secretary of State for European Affairs of the State of Hessen
  • Kai Rannenberg, Goethe University Frankfurt, CyberSec4Europe Co-ordinator

19.10 Roundtable: Community perspectives on the future of cybersecurity in Europe

Keynote speaker:

  • Miguel González-Sancho, Head of Unit, Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building, DG CONNECT, European Commission


  • Eddy Boot, Director at dcypher, cooperation platform for cybersecurity innovation (The Netherlands)
  • James Caffrey, Staff Engineer, Cyber Security & Internet Policy Division, Department of Environment, Climate & Communication (Ireland)
  • Juan Díez González, Head of support to research and innovation, Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute (Spain)
  • Silje Johansen, Advisor at the Norwegian Digitalisation Agency, responsible for following cybersecurity under DIGITAL Europe (Norway)
  • Natalia Kadenko, Postdoctoral Researcher, Cybersecurity Governance and Disinformation, TU Delft (CyberSec4Europe)
  • Matteo Lucchetti, Director, CYBER 4.0 – National Cybersecurity Competence Center (Italy)
  • Christian Mrugalla, Head of Division, International Cybersecurity and Cybersecurity Research, Federal Ministry of the Interior (Germany)
  • Ioannis Alexakis, Head of Directorate for Cybersecurity Strategic Planning, General Secretariat of Telecommunications and Posts, Ministry of Digital Governance (Greece)


  • David Goodman, Senior Consultant, Trust in Digital Life

20.30 Session end