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RIPE NCC Open House: Exploring Cybersecurity

Wednesday, 19 April | 13:00 - 14:30 CEST (11:00 - 12:30 UTC)

We hosted a RIPE NCC Open House highlighting the selected projects from last year's RIPE NCC Community Projects Fund (CPF).

In recent years, cybersecurity has attracted a large amount of attention, especially with the rise of high-profile data breaches we have seen happening. Organisations all over the world are having to gain an understanding of the cybersecurity threats and challenges they might encounter on the Internet. Cybersecurity professionals know that cybersecurity training is essential to keeping their organisations safe from attacks.

We hosted an Open House to talk about cybersecurity, the threats that are out there and the possible solutions that are available. We were joined by some cybersecurity experts who shared their knowledge and tried to answer your questions.


  • Eleonora Petridou, Chief Information Security Officer, RIPE NCC
  • Srijith Nair, CISO, Careem
  • Irfaan Santoe, CISO

Speakers' Bios

Eleonora Petridou

Eleonora is a passionate information security professional with extensive experience in helping organisations implement security and risk management strategy that brings business value and is increasing customers’ trust. Taking a pragmatic approach to security, Eleonora has developed and successfully implemented security improvement and risk reduction programmes at scale, in agile environments, while maintaining the speed to market.

Eleonora specialises in complex security testing and cyber attack simulations and has a track record of training organisations within Europe and Asia on cyber crisis management, focusing not only on the the technical side of security but also on the human factor and the user security awareness. Using her professional skills Eleonora is able to translate technical security risks into business risks, bridging the gap between the management and the technical layers.

Being an approachable individual, Eleonora builds strong relationships with key stakeholders within the organisation to ensure that the appropriate security information and guidance are reaching the right people at the right time. With a track record of building and managing high-performing teams, Eleonora strongly believes in the hand in hand development of security professionals to become trusted advisors to their business partners.

Srijith Nair

As Careem’s CISO, Dr. Srijith Nair leads the team that keeps Careem secure and ensures trust between Careem’s Customers, Captains, Colleagues, merchants and partners. Srijith is an accomplished cyber and information security leader whose career has spanned industry verticals (tech, telecom, security, e-commerce), geographies (Middle East, Europe, USA), and sizes (startups, scale-ups, MNCs).

Srijith has previously led the security product development at He also worked as the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Product Officer of Axiomatics and as Principal Researcher at British Telecom. He is the holder of several patents, a contributor to security industry standards, keynote speaker and the author of various widely-cited journal articles and conference papers. Srijith holds a Ph.D. in Computer Security from Vrije Universiteit, the Netherlands.

Irfaan Santoe

Irfaan is a senior Security Executive (CISO) and Thought Leader on secure DevOps. It is his mission to close the gap between the world of Application Development, IT Operations, and Security. He fulfilled several information security Leadership roles for global and listed enterprises and helped numerous multinationals in solving complex information security challenges. He is a published author, a public speaker, and a contributor of opensource security. Irfaan is the OWASP Chapter Leader in the Netherlands. He holds a Master’s in Computer Science (a programmer by heart) and is fascinated by the Inner Science of Yoga & Meditation.