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E-mail: pece at predragtasevski.com

Web page: http://predragtasevski.com

Nationality: Macedonian and Bulgarian (EU Citizen)

OBJECTIVE RESEARCH INTERESTS

In the field of cybersecurity, cloud security, information security, cyber risk-insurance, security audit (risk assessment and management), security standards, security architecture, incident response, digital forensics, awareness-raising, education, data mining, blockchain technology, data scientist and so on.

EXPERIENCE

October 2018 - Present

Senior Cloud Security Engineer, VERIMI, Berlin, Germany

February 2018 - October 2018

Senior Security Consulting Consultant, Accenture, Berlin, Germany

Project 1: Role - Project: Cloud Security Advisor, Global Bank - Frankfurt - Support project in migrating from on-premises into hybrid cloud solution in developing a sustainable and compliant security architecture and cloud readiness - Establish IaaS Security support inside the Cloud Foundation Cluster - by defining Cloud Computing Security Controls and establishing team work with multi-stakeholders

Project 2: Global E-Commerce Traveling Agency - GDPR HR assessment for global e-commerce traveling agency focusing on organizational, application and access management (IAM) gap findings and provide remediation actions to improve compliance - Key assessed applications are: Workday, SAP HR, and Greenhouse

September 2017 - Present

Cyber security partner, XZEN Wallet, Moscow, Russian

  • Design a state-of-art security solution for blockchain hardware wallet

August 2016 - January 2018

Business Functional Analysis External, Abakus, Eschborn, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • Global Bank - Non Financial Risk Operation Team
  • Deploying, maintaining and managing two Non-Financial Risk Operation applications, role of Information Technology Application Owner (ITAO)
  • Migrating Oracle database servers from IBM to HP
  • Working with business stakeholders in ITIL and Agile process to meet the regulatory, compliance and technical requirements
  • Managing the change assurance lifecycle - systems development life cycle (SDLC)

March 2016 - July 2016

Security Controls Manager External, Abakus, Eschborn, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • Global Bank - Security Configuration Control Management
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) for creating Business Requirement Document (BRD) for the new prioritization framework according to NIST Common Configuration Scoring System (CCSS)
  • Improvement of Security Configuration Control Management (SCCM) tool for the security compliances.
  • Enhance implementation of security policies, technical implementation from security feeds: CyberArk, IDS/IPS solutions, server access control and vulnerability scanners

June 2012 - Present

Founder, CyberSecurity.mk, Kumanovo, Macedonia

  • Established a startup company, within main cyber security services: Training, Consulting, Audit, Forensics, Data Recovery, Standards Implementation and Security Intelligence.
  • Clients: governments, public and private sectors, NGOs, NPOs, banks, etc.

July 2014 - December 2014

Intern: Cyber Security Researcher, iWE, Sophia Antipolis, France

  • Developing cyber security services: Incident Response, Digital Forensics, Cyber Audit and Cyber Risk Assessment and Pentesting
  • Research of a novel approach and tool for cyber risk assessment and audit projects within critical information infrastructure (CII)
  • Design and Develop a Cloud Security Architecture – zero knowledge data at REST ecosystem

Feb 2014 - Sep 2015

Visiting/Remote Lecture, University of Donja Gorica, Podgorica, Montenegro

  • Develop, design the scope and delivered a course study on two subjects: cyber crime and digital forensics
  • Two semesters spring 2014 and 2015

May 2009 - Aug 2010

Teacher/Admin, Narodna Technika Kumanovo, Macedonia

  • Designed and delivered programming and computer courses for different age groups.
  • Performed System Administration tasks and involved in building security solution for ISP and Radius technology.
  • Developing dynamic (WordPress, Drupal, CodeIgniter) and static web sites.

Dec 2008 - April 2009

Technical Author, INACON GmbH, Kriegsstrasse 154, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany

  • Designed and write technical product documentation for GPRS/UMTS & LTE telecommunication protocol and implementation in Wireshark application for troubleshooting

May 2007 - Oct 2008

Team Manager Class, Stream International Bulgaria, Business Park Sofia Building 3, Bulgaria

  • Design, develop and delivered trainings for more than 100 personnel for: customer (tier 1), technical (tier 2 & 3), tools and process training for Microsoft products.
  • Coaching and deliver first help support for advanced troubleshoot issues

EDUCATION

2013 - 2015

Post-Master (Diplôme d’Ingénieur de specialisation) in Security in Computer Systems and Communications

Institution

EURECOM – Campus Sophia Tech, Biot France

Scholarship

Awarded with scholarship Labex UCN@SOPHIA

2010 - 2012

Master of Science in Engineering, Concentration: Cyber Security

Institution

Tallinn University of Technology (TTU) and Tartu University, Estonia

Scholarship

Awarded with scholarship DoRa 9

Title of Thesis

Interactive Cyber Security Awareness Program - ICSAP

2003 - 2009

Bachelor degree in Informatics

Institution

New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria

Title of Thesis

Messenger-Pigeon

2002 - 2003

High School in Informatics

Institution

Champlin Park High School, Minnesota, USA

PROJECTS

Messenger-Pigeon

Is an application developed in Java platform programming language as on purpose of no additional requirements of library or platform independence. Messenger-Pigeon is an application with client-server software architecture. The interface it is very simple and easy to use for all different ages. It is simple and easy of configuration and setup the server with the two different database sources (ODBC and MySQL). Messenger-Pigeon as an LAN Chatting Messenger can be used in business and home environment.

Course Management System

ICSAP is prototype web based application for the management of the syllabus. CMS or in other words Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application for administration, documentation, tracking records, scoreboard and reporting of training program and training content. The prototype system is developed in CodeIgniter, PHP framework and additionally MySQL relation database management system.

Security Guru

Is an awareness wizard application to deliver to any end-users, companies, mobile providers, etc. security solution for their mobile and portable devices that run Android.

NATO Advanced Research Workshop: Encouraging Cyber Security Awareness in the Balkans

  • Co-director of Advanced Research Workshop (ISEG.EAP.ARW.984799) held on 17-19 of March 2015, Skopje, Macedonia
  • Write the project and gather a scientists and experts from academy, social societies and well-known experts in the field of cyber security, cyber warfare, information security from the region and NATO partner countries

Cybersecurity in the Western Balkans: Policy gaps and cooperation opportunities (Researcher)

  • Author on the report on cybersecurity cooperation in the Western Balkans implemented with the support of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, in partnership with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). Full report available at DiploFoundation

NATO Advanced Research Workshop: Benchmarking Telemedicine: Improving Health Security in the Balkans

  • Co-director of Advanced Research Workshop (ISEG.EAP.ARW.985183), held on 15-17 of November 2016, Skopje, Macedonia
  • Write and design the project, and collect and gather a Scientists and experts among well-known healthcare leaders from: government, military, NGOs and public and private sector from NATO members and partner countries

Implementation and improvement of e-Health system in Macedonia

  • Design and improve implementation of current e-health system in Macedonia, within PKI support and smartcard
  • Deliverables:
  • Analysis of current – As-Is analysis,
  • Benchmarking with international solutions,
  • To Be with cost-benefit analysis and
  • Technical specification

NATO Advanced Research Workshop: Fundamental readiness in Cyber Defence in the Balkans (FRCDB)

  • Co-director of Advanced Research Workshop (ISEG.EAP.ARW.G5515), held on 17-19 of October 2018, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Write and design the project, and collect and gather a Scientists and experts among well-known Subject-matter experts from: government, military, NGOs, research and development, education and public and private sector from NATO members and partner countries

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Aug 2010

Messenger-Pigeon; ISBN-10: 3838391314; ISBN-13: 978-3838391311

Aug 2013

Interactive Cyber Security Awareness Program; ISBN 978-3-659-20798-3

Research/Journal

May 2011

Password Attacks and Generation Strategies, Tartu University, Estonia.

Aug 2012

Security Risk Assessment article, PenTest Magazine Audit and Stand: IS Risk Assessment Measurement; Issue 07/2012 August; ISSN 2084-1116; page 70.

Nov 2012

Web Servers Analysis under DoS Attacks, Secure Your Mobile, Protect Your Network and Hack More with Hakin9 11/2012!; ISSN 1733-178; page 66.

Apr 2013

Frequently-Occurring Security Incidents, The 10th Conference for Informatics and Information Technology (CIIT 2013) , Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Macedonia.

Dec 2013

Methodological Approach to Security Awareness, CyberSecurity for the Next Generation. Politechnico di Milano, Italy.

Sep 2015

Macedonian Path Towards Cybersecurity, Information & Security: An International Journal, vol. 32, issue 1, 2015, In Press.

December 2015

IT and Cyber Security Awareness – Raising Campaigns, Information & Security: An International Journal, vol. 34 (2015).

Sep 2016

Cybersecurity in the Western Balkans: Policy gaps and cooperation opportunities, DiploFoundation, Geneva, Research report under the project "Cybersecurity Capacity Building and Research Programme for South - Eastern Europe" implemented with the support of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Mother tongue

Macedonian

Advance

English, Bulgarian, Serbian & Croatian

Basic

French, Russian, Estonian, German

Technical Skills

Languages & Libraries

  • Proficient: Python (Numpy, Scipy, Matplotlib, Beautiful Soup), Emacs Lisp, C++, Bash, HTML, Java, Javascript, CSS, PHP, MySQL/ Oracle PL/SQL, R, JIRA

Authoring

  • Text :: Org-mode, LaTeX, Markdown, Emacs, Lyx, Libre/MS Office
  • Graphics :: Gimp, Inkscape, FreeMind, Dia

Version Control

  • Git

Sys Admin

Good experience with system administration on Debian & RPM based systems and Bash scripting.

Certificates

Audit

Lead/External Auditor for Information Security Management Systems /ISO/IEC 27001:2005/, June 2013, Certificate No. 026/ISMS/2013

Microsoft

MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) Mar 10, 2009 Microsoft Certified Professional ID 6083756:

  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional Apr 08, 2008

  • Enterprise Support Technician Apr 08, 2008

  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Apr 08, 2008

  • Microsoft Windows Vista: Configuration Apr 08, 2008

  • Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician Feb 29, 2008

  • Microsoft Windows XP Feb 29, 2008

Others

  • Contact Coaching Coach Jun 06, 2008, School of Leadership Training in Stream University Stream Super Stars from Colleague
  • Starting a Business v2.1, Yes Incubator, November 2012

Webinar

  • The Cybersecurity Imperative: An Agency’s Toolbox for Secure Data July 26 2013

Online Courses

  • Coursera, University Leiden. Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice. Feb. 26, 2014
  • Coursera, University Leiden. Terrorism and Counter-terrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice. Feb. 26, 2014
  • Coursera: Google Cloud. Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure. Sep. 2018
  • Coursera: Google Cloud. Essential Cloud Infrastructure: Core Services. Sep. 2018
  • Coursera: Google Cloud. Essential Cloud Infrastructure Foundation. Sep. 2018
  • Coursera: Google Cloud. Elastic Cloud Infrastructure: Scaling and Automation. Sep. 2018
  • Coursera: Google Cloud. Elastic Cloud Infrastructure: Containers and Services. Sep. 2018
  • Amazon training: Introduction to AWS Lambda. Aug. 2018
  • Amazon training: Introduction to Amazon Elastic Load Balancer - Classic. Aug. 2018
  • Amazon training: Introduction to Amazon Elastic Load Balancer - Application. Aug 2018
  • Amazon training: Introduction to Amazon Elastic Container Service. Aug 2018
  • Amazon training: Introduction to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Aug. 2018
  • Amazon training: AWS Compute Services Overview. Aug. 2018
  • Amazon training: AWS Security Fundamentals. Sep. 2018
  • CyberArk Training: Introduction to CyberArk Privileged Access Security Course. Aug. 2018
  • CyberArk Training: CyberArk Certified Trustee. Aug. 2018

Talks/Speaker & Community Service

Speaker

March 2013

ACTA - ACTIVE CITIZENS TAKE ACTION, Maribor, Slovenia. Presenting topic: Bullying of digital divide or not?.

Sep 2013

Belgrade Security Forum 2013, Belgrade, Serbia. Topic: Assuring Cyber-Security in the Western Balkans and the Rest of Europe: Roles and Responsibilities of Institutions, Industry and Users? (in cooperation with DCAF)

Nov 2013

Smart Defense and Open – Door Policy – New Synergies for Euro – Atlantic Security, Sofia, Bulgaria. Topic: Collective Cyber Defence – The Role of Newer Members and Opportunities for Specialization of Bulgaria in the Alliance Questions and answers. Organized by representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria.

Dec 2013

Topic: Methodological Approach to Security Awareness, Kaspersky - CyberSecurity for the Next Generation 2014, EU Round. Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Oct 2014

NATO ARW, Strengthening Cyber Defense for Critical Infrastructure, Kiev, Ukraine. Presented topic: Standards for Information Security are inappropriate fashion to assess the risk in private companies and elsewhere.

Dec 2014

DCAF Young Faces Network 2014. Young Faces Network Cybersecurity Winter School for the Western Balkans. Petnica, Serbia, 1 to 5 December 2014. Delivering lectures on two topics: How the Internet works and Introduction to cybersecurity threats and risks.

March 2015

  • NATO ARW (ISEG.EAP.ARW.984799), Encouraging Cyber Security Awareness in the Balkans, presenting: /Cyber security awareness among the Balkan Countries and the rest of the world/, 17-19 March 2015, Skopje, Macedonia.

  • Geneva Internet Platform (GIP): Fighting Cybercrime through closer International Cooperation, presenting at Cybersecurity Lab

August 2015

  • Internet governance in Bangkok, presenting DoS/DDoS attacks at Cybersecurity Lab.

September 2015

  • TEDxBASSalon topic Open Data & the Hacking Movement, 24 September at Business Academy Smilevski, Skopje.

October 2015

December 2015

November 2016

  • NATO (ISEG.EAP.ARW.985183), Benchmarking Telemedicine: Improving Health Security in the Balkans . Panel discussion: Cyber security for the implementation of telemedicine: threats, best practices, information sharing, presenting: Telemedicine: Cyber Security Threats and Best Practice, 15 - 17 November 2016 Skopje, Macedonia.

May 2017

  • SEEDIG - South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance. 24 - 25 May 2017 Ohrid, Maceodnia. Presenting: Mobile security and pentesting.

March 2018

  • SECOND REGIONAL INTERNET FREEDOM SUMMIT, AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION RULE OF LAW INITIATIVE’S (ABA ROLI’S). Development and Enhancement of Legal Frameworks in Eastern Europe and Eurasia to Protect Internet Freedom Program. 21 - 25 March, Struga, Macedonia. Presenting: Cybersecurity Challenges for 2018.

May 2018

  • 4TH SEEDIG MEETING, 23–24 MAY 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Session 5: Securing all data. Cybersecurity: National frameworks and regional cooperation.

September 2018

October 2018

  • NATO ARW, Fundamental readiness in Cyber Defence in the Balkans (FRCDB), 17-19 October 2018, Belgrade, Serbia. Cyber Security in the Western Balkans: Policy Gaps and Cooperation Opportunities.
  • IGF MKD, SECOND ANNUAL INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM MACEDONIA, 31.10.2018, Skopje, Macedonia. Cyber Security retrospective in Macedonia (Technical community).

Participant

May 2011

Organized and participate at Eurocrypt 2011, Tallinn, Estonia

June 2011

3rd International Conference on Cyber Conflict, organized by NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Tallinn, Estonia.

May 2013

Stockholm Internet Forum 2013, Stockholm, Sweden.

Aug 2013

Regional Euro Atlantic Camp – REACT 2013, Plav, Montenegro. /Moderator/.

May 2014

Stockholm Internet Forum 2014, Stockholm, Sweden.

November 2015

EvoCS: Evolving Concepts of Security – Values, Perceptions, Threats across Four European Regions, Final conference 10 November 2015, Brussels, Belgium.

October 26-30, 2016

ABA ROLI Regional E&E Internet Freedom Summit. Ohrid. Macedonia.

Membership

  • Founder of Internet Governance Forum Macedonia (IGFMKD)

  • ICAN Southeast Europe

  • Cyber Security Expert at Research Centre for Security Defence and Peace, Macedonia.

  • Drupal Community Macedonia. Profile link.

  • Mentor at Startup - Academy for Young Entrepreneurs.

  • Macedonian representative of DiploFoundation.

  • Blogger at ResPublica Macedonia - academical blogging platform.

  • Bulgarian Euro - Atlantic Youth Club, Bulgaria.

  • Cyber Security Advisor at Kyberturvallisuus RY - Finland Cyber Security Association.

  • Internet Society Member ID: 130447.

  • IEEE, Member Number: 93817940.

  • Cybersecurity Community, IEEE.
  • Security and Privacy, IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on
  • e-Government, IEEE Computer Society Technical Community on
  • Cloud Computing Community, IEEE
  • Internet Technology Policy Community, IEEE