Kim Larsen & Povl Hessellund Pedersen

“Building Security Culture” and “Spyware Discovery”



Aarhus University
Peter Bøgh Andersen Auditorium
Finlandsgade 23, Nygaard-bygningen
8200 Aarhus N


16:30 Doors open
17:00 Welcome
17:05 Kim Larsen: Building Security Culture
17:50 Break
18:15 Povl Hessellund Pedersen: Spyware Discovery
19:00 Meetup ends

“Building Security Culture” and “Spyware Discovery”

At this meetup we have invited Kim Larsen, Group CSO at Systematic, and Povl Hessellund Pedersen, IT Security Expert, CISSP at Salling Group A/S, to share their thoughts about ‘Security’ matters, which affects all of us both at corporate and individual levels.

No.1: Building Security Culture

– By Kim Larsen, Group CSO at Systematic

Kim is Group Chief Security officer at Systematic, and as such responsible for their global security. Kim has in his past spent 23 years in the police, finished as CISO for the Danish Security and Intelligence Service(PET), he has also played security roles in NATO and EU, and worked for global providers such as Huawei and Verizon.


Kim will talk about todays threat with IT as an integrated part of society, how to build a security culture in an organization, and how to protect yourself both as a company and an individual.


Kim’s talk primarily has a corporate focus, however, it is also relevant for individuals interested in the implications of IT in our society.

No. 2: How We Discovered Spyware by Accident  – and How We Handled it

– By Povl Hessellund Pedersen, IT Security Expert, CISSP at Salling Group A/S

Povl is IT Security Coordinator / Expert / Architect at Salling Group. He has lots of experience in getting the best security feasible with the available resources. Povl is working with the business users, developers, operations, and upper management, where he is doing everything from writing policies, managing projects to auditing, scripting and pen-testing.


Povl will talk about how they by accident discovered that lots of their users with Android phones were using a spyware App, disguising itself as a legitimate app. The App is quite popular, has 10+ mio downloads, and is marketed through the Android Play Store with multiple names through multiple companies with addresses in different countries.


In his talk Povl will look at how they came to the conclusion that the software is likely state operated spyware, and how they stopped it accessing their data. Looking at login IP addresses, and how this can/can’t be used to detect potential breaches. Multiple devices, private VPN to avoid geofencing etc.


Any persons with interests in security will benefit from this talk, including end users of mobile apps.


Registration is closed!


This is a closed meetup for employees from Destination AARhus partner companies and students at Aarhus University.


There are 250 seats, which will be distributed by a first-comes-first principle.



If you have signed up for the workshop but need to cancel your reservation, please notify us as soon as possible by writing an email to: maria_thing@destinationaarhus.com