The Malta International Cyber Awareness Seminar included local and remote international keynote presentations from Brasil, the USA, UK and France.

And a LIVE bi-directional link with Security Leaders Congress, Brasil.

The keynote speakers were: 


Rodney Naudi (Information Security Department Manager at Malta Information Technology Agency). MITA is the Maltese government's in-house ICT agency which is the primary Government body driving ICT development and the provider of all ICT services to Government. Mr Naudi joined MITA (then MITTS) in 1999 working in the field of quality management, compliance and assurance. He was appointed as Department Manager for Information Security in 2008, responsible for the agency’s ISO27001 accreditation process and information security strategy. Since 2010 Mr Naudi is a management board member on ENISA. Mr Naudi is also an assistant lecturer at the University of Malta’s Faculty of ICT.

Fabian MartinsProf. Fabian Martins (Scopus/Bradesco Bank) – addressing our seminar LIVE from the Security Leaders Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Fabian is Systems Manager responsible for Productisation in the Security & Innovation Department of Scopus Technology.  Scopus is the IT subsidiary of Bradesco Bank (one of the Big Four banks in Brasil) and one of the main IT innovation and service companies with 11 laboratories and 150 service points across all the Brazilian market.  Prof. Martins is an IT professional with specialization in software engineering, M.Sc. degree in information processing and MBA in management, with strong expertise in software and business processes/systems design and information security.  He has a strong background in Cyber Security and is also a Professor at the University’s Faculty of Technology, Sao Paolo.

Brian SnowBrian Snow, (Maryland, USA) is best known for his many years as a Technical Director at the United States National Security Agency.  Recognized mathematician and computer scientist, with several patents, awards and honours attesting to his creativity, Brian Snow’s early work spans from teaching mathematics and laying the groundwork for a computer science department at Ohio University in the 1960’s, to working as a cryptologic designer and architect at the National Security Agency (NSA) in the 1970s.  In the 1980s, he helped create and manage NSA’s Secure Systems Design division, contributing to nuclear command and control systems and developing tactical radios for the battlefield.  Brian Snow’s later contributions included serving as NSA’s senior technical director in three major mission components: research directorate; Information Assurance Directorate, and Directorate for Education and Training.  Brian Snow has been a strong advocate for Synaptic Labs over several years.

Robert QuickBob Quick, CEO BlueLight Global Solutions (London, England), leading providers of Consulting/Resourcing/Solutions in Police, Justice and International Security.   Bob is a highly respected and well-known figure inside and outside of policing in the UK and overseas. During a highly successful career as a UK police officer Bob established a reputation as a key strategic thinker leading the ACPO Workforce Modernisation and Development Portfolio.   He was Chief Constable of Surrey Police, one of the UK’s highest performing police forces and as Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police New Scotland Yard he oversaw many of the UK’s largest terrorism cases.   Bob is widely recognised as a specialist in organised crime, counter terrorism and anti-corruption.   BlueLight Global Solutions has extended its scope of operations to include next generation Cyber Security and recently taken up a representative role on behalf of Synaptic Laboratories Limited in the UK.

Benjamin GittinsBenjamin Gittins, CTO of Synaptic Laboratories Limited and chief architect of the company's designs as listed on the ICT Gozo Malta Project Roadmap.  Benjamin will be participating in the Brasil Security Leaders Congress LIVE from the Malta seminar.  Mr Gittins was invited to the US Presidents' (NITRD) National Cyber Leap Year Summit 2009 where 6 of his proposals were taken forward.  Mr Gittins presented at the IEEE Key Management Summit in 2010, Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Cyber Security and Information Intelligence Research Workshop 6 in 2010, and several times at CARTES & IDentification Congress in France.  He has contributed to the US National Institute for Standards and Technologies' (NIST) Cryptographic Key Management Project, NIST's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), and NTIA (NTIA is the US President's principal adviser on telecommunications and information policy).  Since 1999 has been progressively working on overcoming the many logistic barriers to create a global secure Network of the Future (NoF) protocol.  Developed global-scale identity management and cryptographic key management trust models that, among other things, can advantageously leverage irreconcilable distrust between traditional adversaries (organisations, nations, regions) to create high-assurance trust systems both for the adversaries and for users of the system.  Developed a proposal for a privacy enhanced, malware resistant, trustworthy and dependable computing proposal designed to protect against both outsider and insider attacks located from within any software or hardware module of the computing platform.  This computing proposal is targeted for general purpose ICT, hard real-time applications, and high-assurance information security applications.

Green Hills Software LogoRolland Dudemaine is the Technical Solutions Manager for Green Hills EMEA.  He has extensive experience in the software industry, including embedded, high security and real-time systems development.  At Green Hills Software, Rolland is the EMEA region technical lead for industry partnerships.  He has a Master's Degree in Real-Time Systems and Networking from UTBM, France.  –– Green Hills Software, founded in 1982, is the largest independent vendor of embedded development solutions.  In 2008, the Green Hills INTEGRITY-178B RTOS was the first and only operating system to be certified by NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership comprised of USA NSA & NIST) to EAL6+, High Robustness, the highest level of security ever achieved for any software product.  Green Hills' open architecture integrated development solutions address deeply embedded, absolute security and high-reliability applications for the automotive, military/avionics, medical, industrial, networking, consumer and other markets that demand industry-certified solutions.

WITTENSTEIN High Integrity Solutions Dr. David Cowling (Managing Director).  David Cowling graduated in Aeronautical engineering at the University of Bristol and worked for the UK Ministry of Defence until returning to Bristol University to complete his PhD in control engineering.  After working as technical director for an independent aerospace R&D company he set up WITTENSTEIN aerospace & simulation limited as a subsidiary of the WITTENSTEIN group in 1999.  He is presently Managing Director of this company.  WITTENSTEIN High Integrity Systems is based in Bristol UK, and develops systems and software for certified applications where functional reliability is essential.  In particular, the company develops embedded software for use in industrial, medical, and aerospace applications.  It offers OPENRTOS, an embedded kernel for professional software development; and SAFERTOS, a deterministic operating system.  The company also provides middleware for communications and file systems access.  WITTENSTEIN High Integrity Systems is a subsidiary of the German industrial technology group, WITTENSTEIN AG.  

David PaceDavid Pace is a Fellow of the British Computer Society - The Charted Institute of IT, and was for 20 years a senior data recovery engineer working for global corporations in the UK.   Dave is Project Manager of the ICT Gozo Malta project which is actively drawing together the information and resources necessary to assist promote Gozo and Malta ICT innovation, skills and resources to the international community.  The project also has a strong emphasis on raising Cyber Security awareness.

Brasilian FlagBrasil Consul to Malta.  Honorable Chevalier Louis Scerri Montaldo shall speak briefly to the seminar while we are linked LIVE to the Brasil Security Leaders Congress.


Participants at our Seminar via the LIVE bi-directional video link to the Brasil Security Leaders Congress Panel:

(Please note, the Brasil links below open a little slowly from Malta.)

GSGraçe Sermoud
Director Editorial
Decision Risk Report

Celia SarauzaCélia Saruza
Consulting Manager

Ulysses-MachadoUlysses Machado
Manager Information Security
Brasil Government SERPRO (About)


Coordinator of Information Security
DASA (About)

Fabian-MartinsFabian Martins
Manager of Systems 
SCOPUS (About) See speaker details above) 
Benjamin GittinsBenjamin Gittins
Chief Technical Officer
Synaptic Labs (See speaker details above)

Paulo-SantosPaulo Roberto PiresManager IT
Group Bandeirantes (About)


Rodrigo-BrancoRodrigo Branco
Director of Research
Qualys (About)


Stephan-KovachDr. Stephan Kovach
University of San Paulo

MarceloRibeiroMarcelo Ribeiro
Director of IT
Catho Online


More Information on the Brasil Security Leaders 2011 event can be found here.



COMNET.  A delegate from COMNET will be present to answer questions and provide a very brief update on ICT relevant outcomes of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held recently in Australia. COMNET is a foundation established by the Commonwealth Secretariat and The Government of Malta. Its function is to promote ICT collaboration by way of capacity building and technology transfer between Commonwealth member states.

GBC1 SLL-Logo_150  A Collaborative Project co founded by
PaceIT & The Gozo Business Chamber and
Synaptic Laboratories Ltd

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Eco-Gozo – a Better Gozo Action Plan 2010 – 2012
Project part-financed by the Government of Malta - Ministry for Gozo