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Meet the Cybersecurity experts among us!

The new generation of Stone Soupers contributing to brain gain and cybersecurity! They have studied and worked abroad, and they are now back to their homeland contributing directly or indirectly to the Greek ecosystem.

Meet Orestis and Nikos, the Greek members of CyberLens, a company focused on cybersecurity and privacy technologies, based in London, UK, and Eindhoven, Netherlands. “Our job is to use data retrieved from research and apply them in everyday situations” they tell us. CyberLens acts and responds to the European Commission’s open calls for various topics that require a solution. They collaborate with several partners and stakeholders to bring competitive advancements to the European market. The fact that they now operate in Athens brings the opportunity for more collaborations with Greek partners and organisations on such projects.

Who is who?

Nikos has lived his life moving from Athens to Utrecht and then Brighton due to his studies and now he is back to Athens using all his knowledge and experience. Nikos speaks Greek, English and Italian and may help you if you need any clarification on the concepts of cybersecurity and privacy issues while browsing on the web. His passion is to scan research projects and deduct useful outcomes that can be utilised in the proposals they are working on. He thinks the most accurate approach of cybersecurity in filmography is Citizenfour, a national security documentation with Edward Snowden regarding one of the biggest news stories of our time.

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Orestis has studied and worked in England for 4 years and returned back to the Greek capital a year ago. Orestis speaks Greek, English and German. He is a master of disaster regarding all cybersecurity and privacy topics and when he is not busy saving the world, he is dancing latin dances! Orestis considers the way hacking is depicted on screen as misinformation. He agrees with Nikos’ view of Citizenfour, and he adds Zero Days documentary to the list.

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Tips from Cybersecurity experts

Being involved professionally with the web often makes you the ambassador of its proper and safe use among your company. Here are some tricks Nikos and Orestis shared with us on how you can protect yourselves when using the web.

  • Security incidents usually happen when you try to avoid paying for an online product (e.g. illegally downloading a game, streaming a movie/tv-series from non-official provider). But, hey! You know what they say; “if you don’t pay for a product, usually you are the product”. So, you better thoroughly consider the risks before you act.
  • When you create a password it is better not to use information such as date of birth, because they are very easily traceable. Instead, you could use password managers or use medium length sentences; such as “switch off the led lights tonight”.
  • And last but not least, try not to use the same password for all your accounts. But everybody knows that..right?..right! hmm..! Well, yes, it is wise to have that in mind as it makes us extremely vulnerable if one of our accounts is part of breach (such as the ones we hear on the news..).

#4 Tips for a junior software developer

Are you thinking about starting your career as a software developer? Here is a list of #4 advice that will help you embark on your trip!

If you want to code the first thing you should do is spend a good amount of time studying and practicing the basics of your field. Εqually important is communication. There is no way you are going to get good if you cannot effectively communicate with your coworkers and mentors and mingle with other devs who have similar interests to yours.

 

Almost half percent of the professionals in our workspace are technology oriented, which means that they either code for a living or that they are part of a team that builds a new digital product or service.

We talked with Panos, George and Alex, who are software engineers working on the greek division of Covis, an IT service company based in Düsseldorf, Germany. They were happy to share with us some of their experiences that may come in handy for anyone interested in the software industry.

Their impression is that the profession is on demand in Greece and the options vary. They all have worked in various sectors of the industry and they have accumulated some advice for people who are about to dive in.

Tip #1 Start your career in a big company.

There are more resources and better opportunities to be involved in more complex projects. No matter the company, you will have the chance to find inspiring people and expand your network while you get multiple exposure in valuable experience. Not experience in terms of learning some specific tools and get attached to them forever, but being familiar with generally the principles and practices that will help you better understand how new tools work and decide which one will better suit your needs each time.

Tip #2 Have a passion about coding.

If you don’t then no worries, you will have many alternatives that could satisfy you as well. For people of our expertise the pool is full of a wide range of opportunities these days. Being willing to experiment will get you wherever you want to be. Open a GitHub account if you haven’t done so already, push your personal projects, let others know about you and your work! 

Tip #3 Software development is a social process

The Greek capital may help you expand your horizons professionally-wise so you don’t want to miss any opportunities. Being full of interesting meetups, and strong communities is ideal for offering a first taste of concepts that interests you, finding mentors, and network expanding. For starters you could drop by our Monthly Networking Drinks and share some real time conversations with the people of our community. Joining community meetups is strongly recommended than only focusing on paid seminars. Developers’ meetups often keep an introductory level and they could help you understand without spending much time and money if the topic is something you would like to engage seriously in the long run. 

Tip #4 The age of super-hero programmers has passed, it’s all about teamwork.

How do you find the most suitable teammates? Choose from the people you have worked with, you have tested the dynamics between you in the past and you were excited about your collaboration. Working with people you know and have built some level of trust between you boosts the productivity and the beauty in worklife.

 

Learning opportunities between European Creative Hubs

 

Next week we will be flying to Spain to experience at first hand the coworking life in  Malaga and more specifically in the creative hub The Living Room (TLR).

Olga Paraskevopoulou (founder of Stone Soup) and George-Carey Simos (Digital Strategist, Stone Soup resident), will spend 5 days in the beautiful Andalusian city in order to learn and exchange best practices, engage in learning experiences and knowledge transfer as well as to co-create and present a joint event at the hosting hub.

Stone Soup was selected by the European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN) and the Goethe-Institut and was awarded the Peer 2 Peer mobility grant. During the exchange Stone Soup and The Living Room Coworking will share experiences on how to scale a hub from a small operation to a successful and profitable business with space management technology and automation as a key component. We will also look into the great synergies that can happen, if we operate an agency within our hub and work on impactful projects with our members.

The exchange programme is supported by the Creative FLIP project, which is co-funded by the European Commission. Creative FLIP supports healthy & sustainable ecosystems related to Finance, Learning, Innovation & Patenting for CCIs in Europe. The project is implemented by a consortium of six partners, spearheaded by Goethe Institut Brussel and the European Creative Hubs Network.