Cyber security, technological impact and associated policy: the European strategy

In this “Secure In Mind” podcast episode, Despina Spanou, Director of European Commission for Cybersecurity, ePrivacy and more, discusses the complexities of keeping pace policy-wise in an ever-changing landscape

08 Mag 2019

I’m trying to blend “a can of sardines” in its proverbial sense with my schedule toward the end of last month but am coming up short… “time-slots and hard-stops squished together like sardines in a can”. We’ll go with that.

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Cyber Security in Europe is a Top Priority

Anyway, preamble over, the above point’s purpose was to illustrate that during a jam-packed mini-road trip traversing several countries late last month, I dropped by Brussels to the European Commission HQ to catch up with Despina Spanou, Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity, European Commission. It was an absolute pleasure speaking with Despina; our conversation touches on her background prior to moving into public office and the associated policy-making complexities and considerations across the 28 country EU market in a perennially evolving landscape. We also discuss her more recent initiative as co-founder of the Women4Cyber initiative where community, job markets and more will be incorporated into EU policy-shaping for the future.

So hats off to a remarkable woman at the top of the tech policy game – plug your headphones in and check it out!!

P.S. At the beginning of the podcast, literally seconds after Despina reiterated the pronunciation of her name to me before we hit the record button, I gleefully say that I nailed the pronunciation. After we finished the recording, my hubris came crashing down in one big pile of last name blunder!

Despina Spanou, Director of European Commission for Cybersecurity, ePrivacy and more.

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