Pascal Steichen: Information Security Personality of the year

During the “Information Security Days” organized by IT One, Pascal Steichen received on March 29th the “Information Security Personality of the year” award. This is a real achievement for the CEO who, for the last 7 years, leads SECURITYMADEIN.LU, the “Groupement d’intérêt économique (GIE)”, which brings together the State’s cybersecurity initiatives for the benefit of the economy. For several years, SECURITIYMADEIN.LU has provided advice and services to businesses, citizens and information society professionals, including:

  • Information files, brochures and articles on information security;
  • Events and conferences;
  • Services enabling companies and organizations to assess and enhance the security of their information assets;
  • Hotline and support services for victims of incidents or attacks of their information systems;
  • Events and tools to federate cyber security actors in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Concretely, Pascal Steichen has gathered under the banner of SECURITYMADEIN.LU the CASES initiatives (knowledge based and services enabling companies and organizations to improve the security of their information through diagnostics, training and risk analysis tools ) and CIRCL (Computer Incident Response Center Luxembourg): a team of cybersecurity experts to help victims of incidents or attacks on their information systems. They help and assist the victims by analyzing incidents, to contain the disaster and, if possible, to repair the damage.
In recent years, the services have developed and are increasingly recognized as references in this field. This includes the “MONARC” (Optimized Risk Analysis) tool, enabling companies and administrations to carry out a complete risk analysis at a reduced cost, by pooling the risk profiles of current assets in the majority of enterprises.

On the CIRCL side, the same (anonymized) sharing spirit animates the malware information sharing platform MISP, which allows each person to reinforce his defenses by using the malware databases and attack scenarios that have been listed by all who participate in the platform. CIRCL has also developed a “first aid kit”, the Digital First Aid Kit, which includes tips and tricks to deal with the most common incidents.

In addition to these valuable tools, SECURITYMADEIN.LU brings together the cybersecurity ecosystem in Luxembourg through events such as the monthly “Cybersecurity Breakfast”. This kind of animation and dynamization of the community deserves to be emphasized because it is unique and very useful to break the isolation of the actors of cybersecurity.

Pascal has also marked the cybersecurity landscape by his numerous public interventions, ensuring to promote concrete actions, to encourage fruitful cooperation between the actors and to shed a visionary light on the exciting challenges that await us.

His trophy in hand, Pascal doesn’t intend to rest on its laurels. “It’s not the end, it’s just the beginning,” he told us with a spark in his eye.

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