Dr. George Sharkov

National Cyber Security Coordinator, Security Council, Bulgaria
Advisor on Cyber Defence, Ministry of Defence, Bulgaria
Dr George Sharkov

Since September 2014, Dr. Sharkov is an adviser on Cyber Defense for the Minister of Defense, and appointed as a National Cybersecurity Coordinator (Cyber Czar") at the Security Council, Government of Bulgaria, responsible for the development of a National cybersecurity strategy and action plan. Member of NIS Platform of ENISA, representing PIN-SME (European small and medium IT industry).

George graduated Mathematics/Computer Science at Sofia University, obtained his PhD in Artificial Intelligence, with specialization in applied informatics, biophysics, thermography and genetics, enterprise intelligent systems. Since 1994 he was leading international software projects and companies for banking and financial systems, e-business, online markets and innovative e-trading solutions (in France, Spain, USA, Israel, and worldwide).

Since 2003 he is managing ESI - Center Eastern Europe (www.esicenter.bg), the regional excellence center of the European Software Institute (ESI) for Eastern Europe and Caucasus region. Qualified trainer and coach in Software Process Improvement (SPI), software engineering quality management (CMMI - CMMI Institute, Carnegie Mellon), IT Mark (ESI) appraiser. Leading the CyResLab (Cyber Resilience Lab) at ESI CEE, and a research network in cryptography, cybersecurity and resilience. Lead appraiser (apprentice) with CERT-RMM (Resilience Management Model, CERT-SEI, Carnegie Mellon).

George is lecturing on software quality and design, cybersecurity and resilient business at Sofia University, Plovdiv University, and New Bulgarian University. He leads a Program for modernization of Software Engineering education (SEMP) in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University and 6 Bulgarian universities. Vice Chairman of the EC CEN Workshop in ICT-skills and e-competences. Among the founders of BASSCOM (Bulgarian Association of Software Companies, also the first Chairman), and the Bulgarian ICT Cluster. Pioneer in new digital ecosystems development, startup and accelerator programs, and initiatives for cyber resilient internet society.


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