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 take place in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room and Ertegun Atrium on October 2, 2019.

This event is at capacity; walk-in registrations will not be accepted tomorrow at the 2019 Aspen Cyber Summit.

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 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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Please note that speakers and times are subject to change


9:00 - 9:05 a.m. Welcome Remarks

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

9:05 - 9:30 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

9:30 - 10:05 a.m. Supply Chain 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, Department of Justice

  • Lisa Monaco, Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; Partner, O’Melveny & Myers; Co-chair, Aspen Cybersecurity Group

  • Moderator: TBA

10:05 - 10:20 a.m. Break

10:20 - 11:00 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?

  • Yasmin Green, Director of Research and Development, Jigsaw

  • Nina Jankowicz, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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

  • Moderator: Pamela Brown, Senior White House Correspondent, CNN

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Ransomware

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 the smart decision?

  • Geoff Brown, CISO, City of New York

  • Mieke Eoyang, Vice President, National Security Program, Third Way

  • Shawn Henry, President and CSO, CrowdStrike

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

  • Moderator: TBA

11:45 – 12:30 p.m. Industrial Policy

Recent events have underscored the nexus between national security and market competition in the technology sector. As transnational supply chains continue to create systemic risks for U.S. infrastructure, how can the government ensure that agencies and companies have access to trusted alternatives to risky, foreign-sourced technology

  • Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies

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

  • Chris Painter, Former Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State

  • Moderator: Jenna McLaughlin, National Security and Investigations Reporter, Yahoo


12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

  • Breakout Roundtable Discussions

1:30 – 2:10 p.m. Policing Tech

The last year has seen an intensifying debate about the power of tech companies, questions around consent and the use of consumer data, and the balance between privacy, convenience, free speech, and the role of government regulation. How do we positively shape the rules of the internet for the 21st century?

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

  • Glenn Gerstell, General Counsel, National Security Agency

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

  • Moderator: Brian Stelter, Host, Reliable Sources, CNN

2:10 – 2:55 p.m. Solving the Internet

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.

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

  • Katie Jordan, Senior Policy Advisor, North America, Internet Society

  • Matthew Prince, CEO and Co-Founder, CloudFlare

  • Moderator: Lily Hay Newman, Staff Writer, WIRED

2:55 - 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.

  • Steven Buccini

  • Ginny Fahs

  • Ora Tanner

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, Managing Director, The Cyber Readiness Institute

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

  • Moderated by: Betsy Cooper, Founding Director, Tech Policy Hub, The Aspen Institute

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 Strategist, McAfee

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

  • Jeff Kleck, Director for Cyber, Defense Innovation Unit

  • Moderated by: David Sanger, National Security Correspondent and Senior Writer, The New York Times

Summit Concludes



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