Dr Stephan Lechner, based in Luxembourg, is Director at the European Commission's Directorate General for Energy and co-ordinates the policy activities for the European Commission on cybersecurity in the energy sector. Before this appointment in 2016, he was Director of the Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, for more than 8 years. He worked as international department head for cyber security research at Siemens, Munich from 2002 to 2207 and spent 8 years as head of corporate security and information security in the telecommunications sector. He started his professional career in industry research in secure network communications in 1989 and has now 30 years of experience in cyber security. Dr Lechner holds a degree in mathematics and computer sciences and a doctoral degree in cryptography, and is Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP).