AIT (Athens Information Technology) and Microsoft jointly organized last Friday, a “Security Conference” which took place at the premises of AIT located in Athens, Greece.

Professor C. Halkias, AIT Dean and Mr. P. Theodossopoulos, Director Developer & Platform Group of Microsoft Hellas welcomed the large number of participants who attended the conference. Following, Mr. D. Eckert, Microsoft Chief Security Advisor for Europe, Middle East and Africa mentioned the increasing challenge of cyber crime and all the technological and societal factors that constitute security difficulties.

Moreover, Professor K. Voudouris ENISA Board Member (European Network and Information Security Agency) focused his speech on the European Union which has already taken firm steps to fight harmful and illegal content on the internet, protect intellectual property and personal data, promote electronic commerce, protect electronic signatures to enhance the security of transactions, and to improve the security of information infrastructures. He underlined that the challenge for ENISA is to deliver high EU-wide level of security in electronic communications, and to further contribute to the establishment of a “culture of security”, necessary for the single market to deliver its full benefits to European citizens, consumers, enterprises and public sector bodies. This culture should combine the rapid and responsible take-up of technical innovation with good security practices.

AIT is a world class education and research centre founded in 2001 by Intracom and INTRALOT. Placing great emphasis on education, AIT has an agreement with Carnegie Mellon University to operate a joint Carnegie Mellon-AIT Master in Information Networking (MSIN) Program. The program is designed to attract gifted graduates from Greek Universities and other SE European Universities, and also, to trap the interests of professionals seeking to improve job skills and economic status. The Master of Science degree is awarded to qualifying students directly by Carnegie Mellon University.