Troels Ørting Jørgensen has been named “Person of the Year” by Top Cyber News Magazine. The magazine also features an interview with Troels. He has been actively involved in law enforcement, security, and cybersecurity for 44 years. He is a member of the Belgian Board of Directors for the Global Cyber Alliance.
In the interview, entitled “Quo Vadis (Cyber) Security?”, Troels, knowing that his generation of cybersecurity experts will be replaced by new voices, shared learnings and insights to overcome challenges and problems in this field. First, avoid hype and fear mongering. “We in security should not promote fear, but project hope,” he explains. Second, implement proper risk assessment knowing that no such thing as absolute security exists. Third, the overall security goal should be resilience. Finally, prepare from a crisis management point of view, and make security attractive. “Cybersecurity should be an asset,” he recalls.
He declared on LinkedIn: “What an amazing honor for me to be awarded Person of the Year 2023 by this great magazine. And just weeks before I leave the cybersecurity community for good, and the ‘limelight’ disappears. Thanks a lot to Ludmila Morozova-Buss [Founder and Editor-In-Chief at Top Cyber News] for this prestigious mention and also for delivering a world-class magazine and for tirelessly working to support and enhance global cybersecurity. (…) I want to dedicate this great honor to the thousands of everyday heroes who work outside the limelight, at long hours to protect the perimeter, prevent attacks and catch cybercriminals and state-actors. You, and your colleagues, provide tangible reasons to keep hoping for a safe and secure Internet.”
Troels recently shared that he is retiring after over forty years working in senior positions in Danish law enforcement, security intelligence, Europol, EC3, Barclays, World Economic Forum, CBS, and numerous boards and advisory positions.
Edvardas Sileris, Head of European Cybercrime Centre at Europol, said: “I am genuinely inspired and deeply grateful for your extraordinary contributions to the cyber field, especially your visionary role in establishing the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). Your leadership and expertise in combating cybercrime at both European and global levels have not only set a high standard but also fostered a safer digital world for all of us. The legacy you’ve created through EC3 is a testament to your dedication and skill, providing a beacon of hope in our ongoing battle against cyber threats. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your invaluable and pioneering efforts.”
Philip Reitinger, President & CEO of GCA, added: “Troels is an incredible leader who deserves our admiration. He fosters a culture of constant teamwork wherever he goes, building trust and mutual support. Troels dedication to building the profession is legendary, not only through his individual efforts, but by fostering a community of people who have learned from him. He is always available for anyone who needs help.”
A profound believer that cybersecurity is teamwork, he is actively supporting GCA to promote the first Common Good Cyber workshop that will be held in February in Washington, DC.