In cybersecurity, professionals from all backgrounds come together to protect sensitive data and share their knowledge. It takes dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to safeguard critical data from cyber threats. Cisco is proud to recognize and celebrate exceptional cybersecurity advocates in each region with the Cybersecurity Defender of 2024 Award.

During a special ceremony at Cisco Live in Amsterdam, four outstanding advocates from the EMEA region will be honored, and one will be named the winner. Their stories are remarkable and serve as inspiration to the broader cybersecurity community. We’re grateful for their tireless efforts to safeguard critical data and commitment to keeping the internet safe. Let’s meet the nominees for the Cybersecurity Defender of 2024 Award in the EMEA region:

Giulia Moschini – Head of Cybersecurity for Leroy Merlin Italy

Giulia Moschini is a cybersecurity specialist passionate about reducing risk and protecting businesses and clients from threats. She started her career as a consultant before moving into a cybersecurity role at a major retailer. In her current role, Giulia is responsible for managing the company’s cybersecurity strategy, ensuring it is protected from attack, and helping to educate employees and clients about the importance of cybersecurity.

Giulia has worked with various cybersecurity solutions throughout her career. She was pivotal in executing the digital security strategy and vision designed by Alessio Settaro, Chief Digital Solutions and Digital Transformation Leader at Leroy Merlin Italy. Giulia’s relationship with Cisco and expertise were instrumental in effectively leveraging Cisco Vulnerability Management in support of Alessio’s vision for cloud security across Leroy Merlin.

Giulia’s exceptional skills and expertise helped to integrate Cisco’s Cloud Protection vision into Leroy Merlin’s cybersecurity infrastructure seamlessly. Giulia’s excellent execution of the strategy helped enhance Leroy Merlin’s reputation as a leader in cloud security, integrating Alessio’s belief that “Cisco’s Cloud Protection Suite is the complete puzzle for cloud protection, ensuring solutions are in the right ecosystem and communicating.”

Stuart Perkins – Operations Leader for Cyber Prevent at Vodafone

Stuart Perkins is responsible for the Network and Telco domain, which provides protection on the perimeter of the Vodafone Estate. In addition, he is the Operations lead for Cyber Prevent at Vodafone. His role is focused on securing Vodafone infrastructure and bringing value to Vodafone enterprise customers. With a team of over 100 resources, including graduates and apprentices, Stuart is proud of the significant youth cohort within the team.

Stuart’s passion for cybersecurity comes from his background in developing secure network solutions. His knowledge of network tools has led him to drive the development of the Device Operational Assurance Tool. The tool monitors the security status of all network devices in Vodafone’s infrastructure, primarily focusing on Cisco devices, to understand their hardening status as they are deployed. Stuart is proud of the tool his team has developed and its capabilities and sees opportunities to utilize it elsewhere.

Jeremy Couture – Head of SOC for the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Jeremy Couture is a seasoned cybersecurity professional with over ten years of experience. He currently serves as the Head of SOC for the Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, where he is responsible for overseeing the security operations center and ensuring the safety of the committee’s digital assets.

Jeremy’s career in cybersecurity began in 2011 when he worked as a Project Manager and Network Architect for the Crédit Agricole Group Infrastructure Platform. He has since managed complex cybersecurity projects and built strong relationships with industry leaders such as Cisco. In addition to his impressive career achievements, Jeremy is a passionate advocate for cybersecurity awareness and education. He regularly participates in conferences and events to share his knowledge and experience with others in the field and works tirelessly to promote its importance.

Magnus Jägevall, Network Solution Architect at Volvo Cars

Magnus Jägevall serves as a Network Solutions Architect at Volvo Cars, where he has been providing expert advice to his organization on how to protect their networks and data from cyber threats for over six years. Throughout his career, Magnus has held various roles in cybersecurity, including security analyst, security engineer, and security consultant. He has worked with many clients, from small startups to large corporations.

Magnus has developed a deep understanding of the unique cybersecurity challenges each client faces. He has provided invaluable feedback about Cisco Secure Access, helping to grow the product to new heights. He has also created a Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) fabric in a globally distributed manufacturing environment, demonstrating his innovative approach to cybersecurity. Magnus is an instrumental figure in driving innovation in cybersecurity.

These four nominees represent the best and brightest in the EMEA region’s cybersecurity community. Their dedication, expertise, and hard work have made them stand out, and we are proud to recognize them for their contributions to the field.

I invite you to join us in celebrating these remarkable cybersecurity advocates and the winner of the Cybersecurity Defender of 2024 Award.

Stay tuned for the winner’s announcement on the 7th of February on the Cisco Security Blog.

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