Getting smart with IoT and security (X-change)

Location:Roularta Conference Centre, Zellik


Would you build your house with a strong front door, then leave the back window open? Probably not. Yet introducing IoT into your buildings, devices and networks can have exactly that effect. Regardless of the firewalls, scanners and more that you implement, connected devices – wherever they may be – can create unplanned and unsecured gates and entrances.


In this X-change, we’ll start by learning about the reality of ‘smart’ buildings from Koen Matthijs of Cobundu: what are the questions to ask yourself and how do you evaluate the possibilities? Then we dive into the security aspects, as Guido Franck of Nextel reveals how to prepare for the biggest IoT security challenges.


Lore Mattelaer and Bart Van den Branden of Telenet Business then discuss standards and policies, and how to handle the massive amounts of data created by IoT. Finally, Alain Van den Broeck of Securitas will take us through cyber security pillars needed to provide the necessary support for services.


Please note that in order to guarantee an interactive discussion, we are keeping the number of attendees limited, so be sure to book your spot in time.


Roularta Conference Centre
 Z.1. Research Park 120
1731 Zellik




13:00 Welcome coffee


13:30 Introduction: Participants’ expectations around the table


Ann Guinée, Project Manager, Beltug (English)


13:45 To IoT or not to IoT: that is the question – for your building


From managing buildings to the user experience, Koen Matthijs tackles key topics and questions, such as:

  • Is Smart Building all hype or does it make sense?
  • What are the main drivers to go for Smart in real estate?
  • How to translate tangible business cases, and what lessons learned can you expect in the road towards a Smart Building?

Three years of hands on Smart Building experience are shared – both the ups and the downs.


Koen Matthijs, CEO, Cobundu (English)


14:15 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


14:30 Does the lack on IoT security scare you? It should!


Today, everyone is connecting ordinary devices to the internet without much thought. By 2020, we expect growth towards more than 30 billion devices. If even a small percentage of those devices were compromised and used for a DDoS attack, would that generate chaos in “the cloud”? Actually, it might be already happening!


Do you believe that IoT manufacturers always implement a strong security base on their devices? Or is there a case of collective ignorance?  In this session, we find out about preparing for the biggest IoT security challenges faced by businesses today.


Guido Franck, Technology Manager, Nextel (English)


15:00 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


15:15 Coffee break


15:30 How to secure the IoT within your organisation


Lore Mattelaer and Bart Van den Branden will present a clear overview of the security challenges in IoT, and draft an approach to enable a higher maturity.  They will share a high-level interpretation of OWASP standards and policies, and introduce you to designing and building network infrastructures that can handle massive amounts of new data.


Lore Mattelaer, Security Business Development Manager, Telenet Business (English)
Bart Van den Branden, Business Development Manager IoT, Telenet Business (English)


16:00 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


16:15 Enabling the IoT-connected world through advanced cyber security.


The proliferation of IoT devices creates endless possibilities for new business models and services in numerous industries. But it also creates a growing attack surface for all kinds of malicious actions.  IoT devices may have various inherent security flaws, unknown to their users.  Organisations must consider a number of cyber security pillars that are crucial to providing a successful service.


Alain Van den Broeck, Director Sales, Business Development & Innovation, Securitas (English)


16:45 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


17:00 Wrap up & Closing drink


18:00 End