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AthCon was founded in 2009 by Cyberdefend Limited under premise of introducing a hard core IT Security Conference within the Hellenic IT Security Sector.


What is AthCon

AthCon is an annual IT security conference that takes place in Athens Greece designed to give a technical insight to the world of IT security. A realistic, practical view of current and evolving threats and security trends presented by top international security experts.


Athcon is by no means a common IT Security conference. Sessions include highly technical demonstrations of security threats and exploitation techniques. Our overarching aim in founding AthCon was and still is to increase
IT Security awareness in Greece. The first AthCon was successfully organised in June 2010 and our hope is to make
AthCon every years' must-see hot security event.


Who is behind AthCon

AthCon is the brainchild of two noted security professionals; Kyprianos Vasilopoulos and Christian Papathanasiou.

Kyprianos is a Information Security consultant for Trustwave Spiderlabs. SpiderLabs is the advanced security
team at Trustwave responsible for incident response, penetration testing and application security tests for Trustwave’s clients.
Kyprianos has 13 years of experience within the IT Security sector. He possesses a BSc from Manchester Metropolitan
University in Electronic Engineering. Kyprianos was the lead penetration tester for three olympics events(Athens 2004,
Torino 2006 and Beijing 2008). He is Offensive Security OSCP certified. Kyprianos's IT security insight is frequently
called upon by leading Greek media.


Christian works as a Senior Application Security Architect for a large Investment Bank based in London. Previously he was managing the global on-going assurance penetration testing programme for Royal Bank of Scotland.
Christian has consulted internationally in the space/defense/commercial and financial sectors in all matters relating to Information Security.
Christian's research is particularly aligned with mobile, rootkits and application security and has been featured by many news organizations including:Forbes, Reuters, Slashdot, Tech Herald, Computerworld, ZDNet, CSO Magazine, Dark Reading, Threatpost, CNET and eWeek.
Christian has presented to public audiences at thought-leading conferences such as Black Hat and DEF CON including a keynote at OWASP AppSec Research 2012 and private audiences such as the Met Police and FBI. He is the co-creator of AthCon -the first and foremost technical IT Security conference in Athens, Greece http://www.athcon.org
For OWASP, Christian is a member of the Global Industry Advisory Board, a contributor to the OWASP Mobile Security project and a contributing author of the OWASP Top 10 Mobile Controls/European Network Information Security Agency (ENISA) Smartphone Secure Development Guidelines for App Developers.
Christian graduated from the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway with a MSc with Distinction in Information Security where he pioneered Linux kernel networking techniques to achieve multi GB/s layer 7 threat detection within Intrusion Protection Systems.
Christian holds a CISSP and passed the CISM exam. In a previous life Christian also read Chemical Engineering and graduated with a MEng(Hons) in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis on Nuclear fuel re-processing from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and spent a brief stint as a site engineer contracted to QAPCO in Mesaieed Qatar.



AthCon contact list
Contact Name Email
Conference Director Kyprianos Vasilopoulos kyprianos@athcon.org
Technical Director Christian Papathanasiou chris@athcon.org
Coordination Director Anna Manousaki anna@athcon.org
Call for Papers CFP cfp@athcon.org
Press/Media Relations Strategy Manager Nikos Iliopoulos marketing@athcon.org
Registration/Sponsorship queries Register register@athcon.org
Web Design Yiannis Litsas yannislitsas@athcon.org
Logo Design Dimitris Svarnias dimsvarn@hotmail.com
Telephone enquiries: +44 (0)208 123 6509