ISACA Arctic Conference

Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Spitzbergen), Norvegia
Manifesto Arctic Conference
Mercoledì, 21 Aprile, 2021
Giovedì, 22 Aprile, 2021
Venerdì, 23 Aprile, 2021

A meno di 1400 km dal Polo Nord, in una terra dove gli orsi polari sono molti di più degli esseri umani e le motoslitte più delle auto, dove il buon senso non è più tanto buono, dove lasciare la rete idrica fuori terra è più sensato che interrarla, i Chapter ISACA di Norvegia, Svezia e Finlandia, con il supporto degli altri Chapter europei ci invitano alla prima


Radisson Blu Polar Hotel

Longyearbyen, Isole Svalbard (Norvegia)

21-23 Aprile 2021

L'aeroporto di Longyearbyen (LYR) è collegato con voli giornalieri con l'aeroporto di Oslo Gardemoen (OSL) da SAS e da Norwegian. Durante il periodo della Conferenza, alle Isole Svalbard sarà perennemente giorno


Per maggiori informazioni puoi contattare:
 Luca Pertile
 Vicepresidente AIEA
 luca.pertile @
oppure direttamente (in inglese, norvegese e svedese)
 Bjørn Watne
 ISACA Norway Past President


Dove sono le Svalbard


* program might be subject to change up until the start of the conference, due to unforeseen events.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, April 21th

Conference introduction by the arrangement committee.
Opening Keynote

Rolf von Rössing, Vice President of ISACA International Board of Directors

Quantum Computing: A Re-Evolution
Quantum Computing modifies many of things we take for granted in businesses today. The way we create and keep secret is challenged and quantum technologies disrupt different vertical, many sectors. Built on the theory of quantum physics, if quantum computers would exist they would represent a gigantic leap in computing power and the way we use technology.

But do they exist and what can we do with them? There are massive investments around the world in this discipline and, in the very same way that the space race and the fight for nuclear power have been instrumental in recent decades, we are experiencing now not an era of changes but the change of an era.

By attending this session attendees will understand the actual situation of quantum technologies and what they mean for organizations, the challenges we will encounter and, most importantly, the impact it has on the way we govern the Enterprise IT. Since quantum computing is not an evolution. It’s a Re-Evolution.

Ramses Gallego, Security, Risk & Governance Intl. Director with MicroFocus and former ISACA Board of Directors

H@cking for Everybody
Tobias Schrödel introduces his audience to the world of hackers and gives them a sneak peak into the dirty secrets of IT. In that, he uncovers various security gaps of personal computers and mobile phones that concern all of us – all while being entertaining. Not only are there many “aha“-moments, but at least equally as many “ahahaha“-moments.

Passwords are being cracked within seconds, discrediting information from the "darknet" is made public, information gathering is explained and a smartphone gets hacked aside all that.  All examples shown on stage are real and live, but anonymized. For information on risks and side-effects ask your data security officer - or Tobias Schrödel.

Tobias Schrödel, IT Comedian and professional speaker

Break - make sure you change into (warm) and comfortable clothing in preparation for..
Wilderness Evening - the Arctic Experience
Camp Barentz boasts an amazing location right below Mine 7, at the foot of the mountain Breinosa. One of the buildings at the camp, Barentz Hus, is a copy of the cabin that the discoverer of Svalbard, Willem Barentz, overwintered in on Novaya Zemlya in 1596. At Camp Barentz, one often see Svalbard reindeer, and even grouse and foxes if you are lucky, and the hosts are prepared in the unlikely event a polar bear should get close.
As we arrive at the cosy wooden cabins we will be met by the evening’s host. Good drinks and a delicious homemade reindeer stew will be served, together with campfire coffee and dessert. Welcome to a real Svalbard meal!
After a tasty dinner, it is time to learn more about the King of the Arctic. Whilst sitting around the bonfire, the host will share information and photos about our most famous residents. Here you’ll learn lots of new fun facts about polar bears.
We recommend wearing comfortable, warm outdoor clothing and warm shoes, since there can be a cold draught from the floor. Remember that we will spend some time outdoors also. Clothes may smell of smoke after the tour.
Thursday, April 22th
Topic will be announced!

Speaker will be announced! 

Audit Committee - How to critically assess your current and future GRC strategic investment.
In the last century most of the boards could rely solely on management to oversee and manage risk, not directly dealing with risks involving social media, cyber security and other technology related matters, or risk management beyond financial risk. The nature of risk enterprises are facing today in everyday business means that boards must factor risk as an integral part of organizational strategy incorporating technology as well as other environmental factors.

In many of my assignments, executives and boards were facing challenges of “doing more with less”. Whilst managing complex business transactions, managers struggle to strike a balance between adding value while managing risks. The most common methodologies they wanted to see in the recommendations relate to productivity improvement, capacity building or employee engagement. However, these methodologies are not always an appropriate response.

If so, how do you critically assess your current and future GRC strategic investment? How can you develop your own insights and create pragmatic guidance for when to stop and when to accelerate in your digitalisation journey?

Today’s businesses operate with business complexities we have never managed before—facing operational risks that hold the potential to destroy them overnight. In this session we will cover one approach to developing the GRC strategy by strategic sorting of priorities.

Lilliana Grbic, VP Cloud Engagement & Communications at SAP

How to break into any company: Tales from a (professional) hacker
Rob Shapland is an ethical hacker with 11 years of experience of planning and executing full-scale criminal attack simulations against all types of companies.

Rob specialises in dressing up as various different characters in order to break into buildings, and in this session will tell stories of how the attacks unfolded and teach valuable lessons on how you can protect your company.

Rob Shapland, Head of Cyber Services at Falanx Cyber 
Cybercrime - a real threat to society

Jan Olsson, Swedish Police Authority

Is lack of women in Cybersecurity making us less secure?
Did you know that women represent only 14-20 percent of the cybersecurity workforce – and that there has been no real progress in increasing that percentage over the last few years?
Did you know that by 2021, the number of cybersecurity job opening will grow to 3.5 million? Are Women an answer?
The presentation will discuss how Women are making a difference in cyber-security and what should we do to attract and retain them.
Ausra Gustainiene, Head of PMO at McKesson Europe AG
Topic to be announced!

Jarno Limnell, Professor of Cybersecurity at Aalto University

Protecting your enterprise with Human Risk Intelligence
With over 90% of information security incidents caused by human errors or behaviour, the effectiveness of cybersecurity culture program becomes paramount for a successful cybersecurity program. 
Improving cybersecurity culture is always challenging, as it is a long-term project that has to go beyond the classical Security Awareness. This session focuses on importance of using objective data to measure human risk and on how it can be used to unleash the power of your security culture program. It also covers available methods of measuring human security risk and most effective security culture program enablers.
Vadim Gordas, Head of IT & Cyber Risk at Zopa
When Russian Trolls and Fake News become Security Threats - How to Counter Them
 Jessikka Aro is a Finnish journalist working for Finland's public service broadcaster Yle. In September 2014, she began to investigate pro-Russian Internet trolls, but became a victim of their activities herself.
This harassment led to three people being convicted in October 2018. In 2019 she was notified that she was to receive an International Women of Courage Award but this was rescinded just before the ceremony.
Jessikka Aro, awarded reporter and public speaker
Break - have a drink at the bar, and get your groove on in preparation for..
Gala Dinner
A full, five course dinner, carefully paired with wine from the well renowned wine cellars of Svalbard will be served as we go into our last evening of the official program. Following the dinner, we might get lucky to see the sponsors have something planned at one of the few hot-spots of Longyearbyen..
During dinner, we'll be subject to these two interesting performances from the stage:
Robot Drone Hacking 
Old vulnerabilities have new consequences when code and hardware meet the physical world. In this session, Carsten from Transcendent Group, will demonstrate how wireless network vulnerabilities make a robotic drone vulnerable to hijacking while operating in the air. In addition, he will talk about how both toy drones and semi-professional robots can be vulnerable to manipulation and hacking.

Finally, the audience will have the opportunity to hack a robot drone live on stage. If you want to hack, you need a mobile phone with the following app installed (the winner gets the drone!):
Android: (and optionally a mac with macOS or PC with Linux.)

Friday, April 23th
Workshop: COBIT - Transition into 2019.
Released way back in 2012, COBIT 5  was finally uptdated again to it latest version - COBIT 2019. The 2018 winner of John Kuyers award for best speaker, Bruno Horta Soares, will through this workshop take us through the major changes coming with this latest version, and how to best adapt the new framework to governance of IT in todays digital businesses.
Bruno Horta Soares, President ISACA Lisbon Chapter
Conference ends.