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Cyber security presentation in Greece

The presentation was hosted by UKTI and ICAEW outlined risks and opportunities for business.

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UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Greece and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) hosted a presentation on cyber security for businesses.

The event took place on Thursday, 15 October 2015 at the British Residence. Ambassador John Kittmer welcomed delegates and introduced ICAEW.

He said,

Without a doubt technology represents a rapidly changing landscape - and actions are needed to secure the benefits of a trusted digital environment for businesses and individuals.

Speakers at cyber security presentation

Mr Marios Kyriacou, from KPMG and ICAEW contact member for Greece spoke about the move to digital technology which presents businesses with both risks and opportunities.

The main speaker, Mrs Kirstin Gillon, represented the ICAEW IT Faculty noted :

  • businesses are increasingly relying on technology and digital information for their operations which has resulted in increased cyber security risks
  • companies need to improve their cyber security practices and resilience to attacks
  • need to manage traditional risks more effectively, through greater automation, prediction and risk identification.

Mrs Gillon highlighted important technology trends and business practices, and considered how businesses can apply them to improve their management of risk in a digital world.

The panel of speakers consisted of:

  • George Patsis, CEO, Obrela Security Industries,
  • Kirikos Faraklas , Lloyd’s Register Greece,
  • Despina Andreadou, Group Audit Director, Eurobank

The panel reflected on these issues and how their organisations are reacting from a business and risk-management perspective.

The event concluded with a networking reception during which delegates and speakers had the opportunity to exchange views on how these ideas can be implemented in their respective organisations.


ICAEW is the UK’s leading professional accountancy body and an international organisation with over 144,000 members worldwide.

It recently launched its Accredited Membership Scheme with Greece’s national body SOEL. This means businesses can now train Chartered Accountants locally with Greek audit signing rights.

If you are a UK company interested in doing business in Greece please contact:

Department for International Trade Greece

British Embassy
Ploutarchou 1
106 75

Published 26 October 2015