ECHO session

ECHO is a consortium of 31 partners covering western and central Europe, spanning academia to large and medium enterprises. Our mission is to foster the creation of the EU Network of Cybersecurity Centres and develop governance models, research, technologies and services supporting EU Cybersecurity Strategic Autonomy. Within this session, we will introduce ECHO at 360 degrees, focusing on the results of its first two years of work and providing a concrete overview and demo of some of the products and services we are working on: the ECHO Early Warning System and the ECHO Federated Cyber Range. The session will conclude with a complete summary of the demonstration cases we are preparing to validate our general approach and the services we are implementing.

The ECHO session is here with the speakers’ bios below:

  • Wim Mees, Royal Military Academy
  • Matteo Merialdo, RHEA Group
  • Fabrizio De Vecchis, RHEA Group
  • Kaarel Hanson, Guardtime
Professor Wim Mees

Wim Mees is Professor in computer science and cyber security at the Royal Military Academy and is leading the Cyber Defence Lab. He is also teaching in the Belgian inter-university Master in Cybersecurity, and in the Master in Enterprise Architecture at the IC Institute.

Wim has participated in and coordinated numerous national and European research projects as well EDA and NATO projects and task groups. He is currently project coordinator for ECHO.




Matteo Merialdo

Matteo Merialdo works as R&D manager in the Security Business division at RHEA Group and is responsible for the security product portfolio of the company, leading a large, multinational team of software engineers, architects and security experts.

He has wide experience on cybersecurity product development, including cyber ranges, dynamic risk assessment and information sharing systems. As project manager, he led multiple wide research projects for the European Commission and the European Space Agency. Among other activities, he is currently technically lead for ECHO.



Fabrizio De Vecchis

Fabrizio De Vecchis is technical project manager at RHEA Group, leading work packages in ECHO and PANACEA H2020 projects and playing the role of project manager in ESA projects, like EM-SAT, a project intended to propose a cybersecurity solution for critical infrastructure within the Artes IAP Programme.  PMI Project Management Professional, Scrum Master and Product Owner certified, Fabrizio has 20 years of experience in system/software engineering.

Having graduated in Informatics Engineering at La Sapienza University (Rome, Italy), he worked on projects within different sectors, i.e. government, banking, logistics, space, maritime and healthcare, which widened his technical and managerial competencies.



Kaarel Hanson

Kaarel Hanson is a technical project manager and product owner, with more than 10 years IT experience. Kaarel has worked in various roles during his career, most notably as a business manager and project manager for more than six years, specialised in space and cyber security domains. Within ECHO, Kaarel is product owner, planning and leading the development of the Federated Cyber Range.