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Marc Vael

Security & Privacy Officer / Mentor / Author using real cases & solutions to simplify information protection

Dutch, English, French


Speaker, Trainer, Consultant


security & privacy compliance, CISO, cybersecurity awareness, Privacy, Hacking, Cybercrime Prevention, Security incident handling



Technology, transformation & innovation


Marc Vael is a known security and privacy expert from Belgium with 20+ years of experience. He is currently Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Esko. Marc has certifications in Infosecurity (CISM/CISSP), IT risk management (CRISC) and is a certified board director (GUBERNA). Marc is a visiting lecturer at Antwerp Management School, Solvay Brussels School, TIAS Tilburg and KdG Antwerp. Marc was elected Fellow of the Hogeheuvelcollege at KUL in 2012 for his contributions to the IT industry. Marc is a popular international keynote speaker and panelist who inspires with practical solutions and examples based on his experiences. He can cover security and privacy from the 10,000 feet level down to a step-by-step process. His talks range from a 30-minute inspirational keynote to a full five-day workshop. His engagements have taken him to 20+ countries around the world speaking to 15,000+ people.

Presentations and Topics

Technology, transformation & innovation

Ransomware risks and solutions

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How does ransomware work and how to protect against it?

Technology, transformation & innovation

Handling privacy breaches the smart way

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Technology, transformation & innovation

EU Cybersecurity Legislation

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How to comply with EU cybersecurity legislation?

Technology, transformation & innovation

A prediction of the future of cybersecurity

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What will it look like in 2030?

Technology, transformation & innovation

Is it be online today and tomorrow?

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How to create a secure climate by embracing technology and change

Technology, transformation & innovation

How to design rock-solid security

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Security by design

Testimonials & References

"Marc is one of the most inspiring individuals I came across along my career. What's so unique about Marc is this rarity of honesty, top professionalism, sense of humor, humanity, humility, and wisdom. A real Mensch."  

Eh'den Biber, former IT Risk & Compliance Officer at Opel Vauxhall Finance UK  

"From Pandemic Risk to Information Security, I've attended numerous seminars, training sessions and classes Marc has held. Course content is always of the highest standard. I've called on his professional council on behalf of my employer and found the service to be of the same Quality, both Effective and Efficient. Marc is at the top of his profession and I would answer his call anytime." 

Michael Sim, former Security Officer at INCERT GIE Luxembourg  

"Marc is very dedicated, has lot's of energy and enthusiasm to share with his team and to meet his goals. I really enjoyed working together with him and respect him for his expertise and experience in the field of security, business continuity, privacy and risk management. I also had the opportunity to cooperate with him on various management subjects during strategic practice meetings and was always pleased with his markets driven thinking. Marc is simply fantastic in sharing knowledge and his opportunism invigorates others to undertake complex and first-time project experiences. He is also very strong in relationship building and gained a strong reputation as lecturer in the fields of his expertise."  

Peter Sarasyn, CEO at Recor Group  

"Marc is an excellent communicator, has extraordinary skills, works hard, leads people effectively and builds long-lasting relationships. Hence Marc develops real teaming with both colleagues and clients generating high-class results that bring real value to both clients and company. I am happy and proud having had the opportunity to work with Marc across and despite country organisation borders." 

Markus Bittner, Offizier at Bundeswehr Deutschland  

"Marc's knowledge of IT, Information Security and IT Management and organisation make him a reference in the Business and a valued advisors. Marc is also an excellent trainer, facilitator and organiser and a genuinely nice person." 

Denis Neuforge, Information Security Consultant at Euroclear

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