Head of Organization and Support, Executive Agency of Information Technologies | Data Protection Officer, Ministry of Digital Policy

Athanasios Kosmopoulos

Athanasios Kosmopoulos was born in Thessaloniki. He attended the Corps Officers Academy (SSAS), from whom he graduated as military lawyer with the rank of second lieutenant, leader of the class of 1987.
During his parallel studies at the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, he specialized in International Law. He studied at the Academy of Computer Programmers of the Armed Forces, in which he later taught. He was trained at the Paratroopers School as a static belt parachutist as well as in other military intelligence and Special Forces schools in Greece and abroad.
He taught as a lecturer at the Department of Information and Communication Systems of the University of the Aegean in Karlovasi, Samos, and served in field and executive positions of the Armed Forces, Hellenic National Defense General Staff, the Special Forces of Paratroopers and the National Intelligence Service.
He holds an LL.M in European Law and Politics from the Uninettuno University in Rome.
In 2000 he resigned at his request with the rank of Major and was recruited by the Department of Organization and Management of European Funds of the Ministry of Development, as a legal adviser.
He served as Governor and Chairman of the BoD at the largest hospital in the Balkans, at the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica in Dafni, between 2004 and 2010 with 3,300 employees and 1,500 active beds.
Since 2010 he has been the Head of Organization and Support of the Executive Agency of Information Technologies of the Ministry of Development, transferred to the Ministry of Digital Policy by the moment of its establishment.
In May 2018 he was appointed as Data Protection Officer of the aforementioned Ministry. Visiting Lecturer and Evaluator at the Hellenic National Defense College.
He speaks English, French and Italian and is formerly elected Vice President of the Hellenic MENSA.
His research interests concern hybrid threats, geopolitics and legal issues of data protection and disinformation.

Presentation Title:

“Hybrid Threats in The Maritime Domain: Building Resilience”

What is it about ?
• Hybrid Warfare involves multiple instruments of power to target specific vulnerabilities and create effects against an opponent.
• Hybrid Threats are not easy to detect and analyze in time because it is not possible to correlate individual events and identify the actors.
• The current maritime security scenario is characterized by an immense number of Hybrid Ops,
•Targets are: commercial vessels and ports, navigational systems, intranet and cyber, energy & supply chain.

What we need?
• A comprehensive approach in which all nations work in cooperation with international organizations and entities such as NATO, EU, UN and civil society, collaborating and coordinating in order to face these challenges on a common ground.
• A national approach, where ministries, armed forces, agencies, academics and civil society stakeholders join forces.
• A review of national legal frameworks.
• To discriminate vessels acting as hybrid actors from other commercial vessels.
• To operate in a divergent public information, cyber and commercial space.

Contact Us

Myrsini Monacheli, Τ: +30 210 6617777 (ext.162), M: +30 6982 187488, E: [email protected]
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Konstantinos Mantzios, M: +30 694 888 9080, E: [email protected]
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