What can we learn from cyber attacks? Picanolís real-life experience (Debate room)

Location:virtual meeting


On Monday 13 January 2020, the virtual servers at Picanol rebooted automatically, displaying the message of a ransomware attack. Production went down. It was the horror scenario many Beltug members train against but still fear, becoming reality.


It took 1 week for Picanol to restart production, and much longer before the entire ICT environment was fully operational. In fact, this was faster than the average: 3 weeks to restart and a full year before all systems are checked, cleaned or replaced, and restored.


Since the attack, many people have contacted Picanol’s CIO, Philip De Bie, for guidance on how to make their organisation more resilient. In this Debate Room, he will kick off by sharing the details of what happened, and what other organisations can take away from his experience. 


Then, share your own experiences, tips and challenges. What have you learned from comparable experiences? How can you keep staff aware? How can security and the business work hand in hand? And how can you find enough security people?







This event will be held as an interactive virtual meeting. The link will be provided in the Confirmation email.








13:30 Welcome and introduction


Ann Guinée, Communication Manager, Beltug (English)


13:40 Looking back and forward: What did Picanol learn from the January 2020 cyber attack?


When looking back, several questions come to mind for Philip De Bie. What could the organisation have done better to avoid the attack? What lessons were learned, and what did Picanol reinforce after the attack? But it is just as important to look forward. What has changed in the cyber malware landscape since then, and as a consequence, what are the next steps in the security roadmap, for Picanol, but also for other organisations?


Philip De Bie, VP IT, CIO of Picanol (English)


14:10 Panel discussion: Your questions and your experience


Let's have a look at each other's best practices, tips and challenges. We’ll open the floor for discussions, and also call upon you to share your own experiences.


15:00 Wrap up & End


We will keep the session open after the end to enable those who wish to continue the discussions.