The Aspen Institute proudly presents its fourth annual Aspen Cyber Summit.

This year’s summit, held in New York City for the first time, will be on October 2, 2019. Scroll below for this year’s agenda.

The Aspen Cyber Summit aims to engage leading policymakers and the boots on the ground—or the fingers on the keyboard – by discussing today’s most salient issues in cyber security and technological innovation. Please join us next month on October 2, 2019 as we host our fourth annual Aspen Cyber Summit in New York City.

 Joining us at the 2019 Aspen Cyber Summit are leading government officials, including U.S. Secret Service Director James M. Murray and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers, spearheading policy efforts in the rapidly-shifting cyber landscape. Emissaries from the private sector, a vital player in America’s evolving digital strategy, will share their perspectives, including insights from Verizon CISO Chandra McMahon, CrowdStrike President Shawn Henry, and CloudFlare CEO and Co-Founder Matthew Prince. Finally, we’ll tour the outer limits of the technological frontier with disruptive thinkers like Jigsaw Director of R&D Yasmin Green and Defense Innovation Unit Director for Cyber Jeff Kleck.

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The agenda for the 2019 summit is still forming and session timing is subject to change.


Welcome Remarks

  • John Carlin, chair, The Aspen Institute Cyber & Technology Program

9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Opening Keynote: Transnational Threats

The new head of the U.S. Secret Service — the first time that director of the nation’s storied financial law enforcement agency has ever spoken at an Aspen Institute event — will address how the rise the transnational organized crime groups online now rivals the threat posed by nation-states.

  • James M. Murray, Director, U.S. Secret Service

9:50 - 10:30 a.m. Disinformation

As the U.S. heads into in an election year, we face unprecedented threats from misinformation and disinformation—from both foreign actors and, increasingly, domestic ones. How should we police the challenge of malevolent speech online?

  • Richard Stengel, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. State Department

  • Nina Jankowicz, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center

  • Yasmin Green, Director of Research and Development, Jigsaw

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 - 11:30 a.m. The Enduring Costs of Ransomware Attacks

This year has seen a worrisome rise of crippling ransomware attacks, particularly targeting local governments from Texas to Baltimore, that pose expensive challenges and raise complicated ethical questions for the victims. What more can be done to combat the challenge—and is paying ransom actually the smart decision?

  • Matthew Travis, Deputy Director, CISA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Geoff Brown, Chief Information Security Officer, City of New York

  • Shawn Henry, President, CrowdStrike

  • Mieke Eoyang, Vice President for the National Security Program and Chairperson of the Cyber Enforcement Initiative

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Industrial Policy

  • Nazak Nikakhtar, Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies

  • Christopher Painter, Commissioner, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch

  • Breakout Roundtable Discussions

1:15 - 1:50 p.m. Transnational Supply Chains and Emerging Technology Threats

Perhaps no policy question over the last year has proved thornier than the increasing geopolitical divide between China and the United States—a complex interplay of politics, security, and technology with enormous ramifications for the future of the internet. How do we enable innovation while ensuring national security?  

  • John Demers, Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, U.S. Justice Department

  • Lisa Monaco, former White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers, and co-chair, Aspen Cybersecurity Group

  • Moderated by: David Sanger, national security correspondent and senior writer, The New York Times

1:50 - 2:30 p.m. Policing Tech

  • Glenn S. Gerstell, General Counsel, National Security Agency

  • Erika Brown-Lee, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Mastercard

  • Tim Wu, Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology, Columbia Law School

2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Solving the Internet: Solutions

The internet was never originally designed to play the integral role it does in global commerce—and it was never designed with security in mind. The Aspen Cybersecurity Group presents its research on identifying comparatively easy technical fixes that could reshape the internet security landscape.

  • Matthew Prince, CEO and Co-Founder, Cloudflare

  • Chandra McMahon, Chief Information Security Officer, Verizon

  • John Curran, President and CEO, American Registry for Internet Numbers

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Aspen Tech Policy Hub Fellow Presentation

Fellows from the Aspen Institute’s new incubator-style Tech Policy Hub in San Francisco will present their research and findings around key technology policy questions.

3:30 - 4:10 p.m. Moving Toward Action

Cybersecurity has seen years of thoughtful blue-ribbon commissions and industry reports—many of which offer similar conclusions. Leaders of the most high-profile covenings will discuss how to successfully translate thought into action—and how industry and government must move in lock-step together to advance security online.

  • Peter A. Altabef, Chairman, President, and CEO, Unisys

  • Kiersten Todt, former executive director, President’s Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity, and Resident Scholar, Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

  • Adm. Mark Montgomery (Ret.), Executive Director, U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission

  • Moderated by: Betsy Cooper, Founding Director, Tech Policy Hub, The Aspen Institute, and Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group

4:10 - 5:00 p.m Emerging Threats and Solutions 

This last year has seen the rise of threats far beyond the traditional four major nation-states, challenging questions around new technologies like AI, and underscored the need for comprehensive industry solutions like cloud security. Where is the industry heading and what does government worry about most next?

  • Kelly Bissell, Global Lead, Accenture Security

  • Candace Worley, Vice President and Chief Technical Strategies, McAfee

  • Paul Abbate, Associate Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Jeff Kleck, Director for Cyber, Defense Innovation Unit

Summit Ends