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How to ensure management and control of identities and rights

Monday, 10 December, 2018

Privacy & Trust: How to ensure management and control of identities and rights

Connectivity ensures all aspects of our online selves — from social media posts to usernames and passwords — are easy to harvest on a global scale. There’s no need to follow anyone around town. Just task an algorithm to sort through digital details and you can find out all you need to know about anyone. At the end of 2017, an estimated 4.1 billion people had access to the internet, roughly 54% of the world’s population. One thing all of these people have in common is an accessible digital identity.

Digital identities and access systems are foundational elements of our shared digital future. Multistakeholder dialogue is needed on how to pursue the opportunities that come with digital identities and ensure protection of rights in a sustainable and responsible manner. To empower individuals, identity systems need to enhance security and convenience, preserve privacy and uphold individual rights and freedoms. With the use of digital technologies across the world at an all-time high, and with the adoption of the internet of things expected to connect over 200 billion devices to the internet by 2020, the scope of identity management is also fast expanding to devices and legal entities.

Taking such steps to secure digital IDs, and the personal details associated with them, will become more important as they are used in ever-increasing ways. In this webinar we will analyze the most important topics related to safe and secure management and control of  digital identities and rights.

Who should attend

The webinar is open to all interested in the cybersecurity landscape, especially those concerned with privacy, privacy & access management (IAM) and trust management.


  • 16:00  16:10 - "Introduction & Cyberwatching project" - Nick Ferguson, Trust-IT & moderator (Presentation)
  • 16:10 – 16:15 - "How are SMEs addressing privacy and trust today and what do they need to know?" - Norman Röhner, Digital SME Alliance (Presentation)
  • 16:15 – 16:30 - "Legal tips and compliance requirements" - Anastasia Botsi, ICT Legal (Presentation)
  • 16:30 – 16:45 - "ARIES – trust and ethics" Dave Fortune, ARIES project (Presentation)
  • 16:45 – 17:00 - "Zero Privileged Accounts: Removing the human threat." Jorge Marcos, Simarks Software (Presentation) (Simarks Presentation Info)
  • 17:00 -  17:10 - Q&A

Who are the speakers?

  • Norman Röhner (Technical Program Manager at European DIGITAL SME Alliance) will present needs of European SMEs in privacy, access management and trust, concentrating mostly on SME vendors.
  • Anastasia Botsi (Associate of ICT Legal Consulting) will present GDPR Compliance Requirements and Practical Legal Tips.
  • Dave Fortune (Saher Ltd Director and Partner in ARIES project) will outline how ethics and trust were embedded into the ARIES project and how societal acceptance / trust and ethics have been at the centre of thinking as this innovative R&D project has developed. He will update participants with the latest pilot rests and emerging results.
  • Jorge Marcos (CTO at Simarks Software) will demonstrate the benefits of BestSafe, an ideal solution for the Privilege Management and Security of Applications for companies of any size, whether B2B or B2C, developed by Simarks.


Anastasia Botsi

Anastasia Botsi is trained in European law, and has Professional University Certificate (ECPC-B DPO) from the European Centre of Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC) in Maastricht University. She has also been sponsored by the Dutch Science Foundation to conduct research on the legal issues of managing cyber-security risks and cyber-attacks.

Dave Fortune

Dave is a former UK senior police officer with experience is working at an EU level on organized crime and Counter Terrorism matters. He now is a founding director of Saher a UK based SME and leads on their R&D activity ensuring “research meets reality”  by lining his operational awareness to the research. He also ensures that the golden tread of ethics run throughout the projects he and his team work on.

Jorge Marcos

Jorge Marcos is a professional with more than 30 years of experience in the architecture of information systems. He has led numerous highly qualified development teams in multiple R&D projects. Today he is the CTO of Simarks Software company.

Norman Röhner

Norman Röhner is Technical Program Manager at the European DIGITAL SME Alliance, the first European association of the ICT sector exclusively focused on representing the interests of SMEs. He has worked as a Digital Policy Analyst promoting open standards and open source principles in the ICT market, and advocating for standardisation and certification processes in cybersecurity.


Nicholas Ferguson

Nicholas Ferguson, Digital Communications Strategist & Project Manager. Nicholas has an MSc in Educational Management and a BA Hons in Politics and Sociology. He is the coordinator of the Common Dissemination Booster (CDB) as well as the coordinator of cyberwatching.eu. Previously, he was the coordinator of the CloudWATCH2 project and deputy coordinator of CloudWATCH, SLA-Ready, SIENA and OGF-Europe. He excels in building & promoting innovative tools and services in the ICT innovation landscape. His work focuses on raising awareness of novel tools and services in ICT, in the private, especially SMEs and public sectors as well as providing contributions to the adoption of ICT Standards. Since its launch in 2009, Nicholas managed the Cloudscape Series, www.cloudscapeseries.eu that grew from a funded initiative by the EC to becoming a self-sustaining event attracting international thought leaders in the cloud space in Europe. Nicholas has also played an instrumental role in the evolution of the yearly concertation meetings of the CloudWATCH & CloudWATCH2 projects.



On the event of the adoption of the draft regulation laying down measures for a high common level of cybersecurity at the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union, the AI4HealthSec project kicked off a process to provide its opinion.