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Wed, Nov 17


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Symposium: The threat of crime to critical and cyber infrastructure

A symposium on cybersecurity.

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Symposium: The threat of crime to critical and cyber infrastructure
Symposium: The threat of crime to critical and cyber infrastructure

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Nov 17, 2021, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

U-Residence - VUB, Boulevard General Jaques 271, 1050 Elsene, België



Lately, our country has been shaken by several attacks on our critical infrastructures. On August 5th, 2014, an individual opened a safety valve of an oil tank at the nuclear plant Doel 4. The production was halted for 4 months. On March 22nd, 2016, Brussels was torn by terrorist attacks on the airport and the metro. On May 4th, 2021, a massive DDOS attack on Belnet put several administrative and health operations out of work.


And elsewhere in the world, in February 2016, we had the Bangladesh Bank cyber heist and in May 2021 the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline in the US. These are only a few of the known incidents. Most of them are never known by the general public.


The topic of our symposium is therefore more current than ever.


For members of BrEA-EPBA-OSB, students VUB/ULB and VUB/ULB staff the access to this Symposium is free. Everybody else is also welcome, however at an entry fee of 10 EURO. This fee can be paid on BE24 0010 9651 1238, with a comment that states 'Symposium2021 + Name+Surname'.


Don't forget to put yourself as attending on Facebook, so you won't miss any updates! Feel free to share this invitation with your friends, colleagues and interested persons.


We hope to welcome many of you to this Symposium on 2021 November 17th at 19h30 on VUB Campus Elsene.



  • 19h30: Introduction by ir Luc De Mondt, Predisent BrEA
  • 19h35: The global approach to security by ir Yvan De Mesmaeker, ECSA
  • 20h15: The situation at NMBS by ir Tim Groenwals, NMBS
  • 20h35: The situation at Financial Institutions by ir Dirk Dirix, KBC
  • 20h55: Round table & discussion amongst guest speakers & VUB Professor Coen De Roover
  • 21h30: Reception drink


  • Luc De Mondt : President BREA
  • Yvan De Mesmaeker : Secretary General European Corporate Security Association (ECSA)
  • Tim Groenwals: Head of ICT strategy, Network & Corporate Information Security Office, CISO NMBS
  • Dirk Dirix: Cyber Crisis Manager - KBC Business Unit Belgium


  • 5 minutes

    Introduction - ir Luc De Mondt, BrEA President

  • 40 minutes

    The global approach to security - ir Yvan De Mesmaeker, ECSA

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