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Kurt Schoenmaekers

Cybersecurity Researcher

Kurt Schoenmaekers graduated with a master of science degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in digital automation from the University of Leuven, where he started his career as a research assistant. He then started as consultant for one of the first security companies in the world (Cryptech) and stayed in the IT security business for his now 30+ years career. He founded a security start-up in 1992 where amongst others the inventors of the encryption standard AES worked for some time . Kurt later worked in several other IT security companies like Uti-maco SafeWare (now Sophos), SafeBoot, McAfee, Intel and more, always in a leading role and focusing on IT Security. He has been living in France, Sweden and Belgium. Currently Kurt teaches Cyber Security Fundamentals at Howest, where he is also a cybersecurity researcher.