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


This year’s summit, held in New York for the first time, will be on October 2, 2019
in the Appel Room of Lincoln Center.

Much more than just policymakers, the Aspen Cyber Summit aims to engage the boots on the ground—or the fingers on the keyboard. Last year’s lineup brought some of the leading voices in cybersecurity and technology together to address the most salient issues in the field today. International intelligence and privacy leaders also joined our lineup, including Australian Cyber Ambassador Dr. Tobias Feakin; Andrea Jelinek, the chair of the European Data Protection Board; and leaders from all of the "Five Eyes" intelligence agencies—the NSA, Canada's Communications Security Establishment, the UK's GCHQ and National Cyber Security Centre, the Australian Signals Directorate, and the New Zealand GCSB. Other speakers included U.S. Army Cyber Command’s Brig. Gen. Jennifer Buckner, New York CISO Geoff Brown, Uber Chief Trust and Security Officer Matt Olsen, Symantec CEO Greg Clark, Verizon CISO Chandra McMahon, IBM senior vice president Dr. John E. Kelly, and Johnson & Johnson Global CISO Marene Allison, Booz Allen Hamilton Executive Vice President Brad Maiorino, as well as renowned technologist Bruce Schneier, author of Click Here to Kill Everybody.

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The agenda for the 2019 summit is still forming. Please see the 2018 agenda for last year’s lineup.


9:00 a.m.            Welcome Remarks

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

9:10 a.m.            Confronting the Chinese Cyber Threat
China’s aggressive use of cyber tools to advance its geopolitical agenda poses a threat to U.S. intellectual property, data, and global supply chains.

  • Greg Clark, CEO, Symantec, and Aspen Cybersecurity Group member

  • Elsa Kania, Adjunct Fellow, Center for a New American Security

  • Rob Joyce, senior advisor for cybersecurity strategy to the director, NSA

  • Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder and CTO, CrowdStrike

Moderator: Ellen Nakashima, reporter, The Washington Post

9:55 a.m.            Targeting Cyber’s Most Wanted
An inside look at recent international alliances that have targeted online aggression by Russia, North Korea, and other bad actors in cyberspace.

  • John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Department of Justice

  • Dr. Tobias Feakin, Australian Cyber Ambassador

Moderator: John Carlin, The Aspen Institute Cyber & Technology Program

10:20 a.m.            Break

10:35 a.m.           “Five Eyes” Threat Briefing
Leaders from the world’s leading intelligence alliance survey the 2018 cyber threat landscape, provide perspective on the year’s major cyber incidents, and discuss the top trends they’re seeing globally.

  • Paul Abbate, Associate Deputy Director, FBI

  • Mike Burgess, Director-General, Australian Signals Directorate

  • Andrew Hampton, Director-General, New Zealand GCSB

  • Ciaran Martin, Director, UK NCSC

  • Scott Jones, Head, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, CSE

Moderator: Nicole Perlroth, reporter, The New York Times

11:30 a.m.           A Cyber Agenda for 2019
Two of the Co-Chairs of the Aspen Cybersecurity Group discuss the state of U.S. cyber and technology policy and a policy agenda—including recommendations from the Cybersecurity Group—for the new Congress looking ahead to 2020 and beyond.

  • Lisa Monaco, Co-Chair, Aspen Cybersecurity Group

  • Rep. Will Hurd, Co-Chair, Aspen Cybersecurity Group

Moderator: Scott Rosenberg, tech editor, Axios

NOON          Lunch

  • Breakout Roundtable Discussions.

1:15 p.m.           Afternoon Keynote: A New Era for Data Privacy
The introduction of GDPR in Europe and the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act this year changed the playing field for companies and consumers online; the top enforcers of both the the General Data Protection Regulation and California’s new law discuss how implementation has unfolded and where data privacy concerns are heading.

  • Andrea Jelinek, Chair, European Data Protection Board

  • Xavier Becerra, Attorney General, State of California

Moderator: John Carlin, The Aspen Institute Cyber & Technology Program

2:00 p.m.         The Next Generation of Technology
Leading thinkers from the security and IoT industry discuss the challenge posed by emerging technologies and connected devices and react to the “IoT First Principles” recommendations released by the Aspen Cybersecurity Group.

  • Marene Allison, Global CISO, Johnson & Johnson, and Aspen Cybersecurity Group member

  • Brad Maiorino, Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton and Aspen Cybersecurity Group member

  • Bruce Schneier, Author, “Click Here to Kill Everybody”

Moderator: Garrett Graff, The Aspen Institute Cyber & Technology Program

2:45 p.m.         Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy
This year has seen both companies and the government struggle with questions around how artificial intelligence can and should be deployed, who has access, and even whether the private sector should partner with government at all. Public and private sector leaders discuss how companies, the government, and engineers should balance the perils and promise of AI.

  • Rumman Chowdhury, Lead, Responsible AI, Accenture

  • Brendan McCord, Chief Architect, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), Department of Defense

  • Candace Worley, Chief Technical Strategist, McAfee

Moderator: Kevin McLaughlin, reporter, The Information

3:30 p.m.            Break

3:50 p.m.         Reimagining Resiliency
The emergence of connected cities and the growing reliance of daily life on always-on devices has raised the stakes for government and private sector security leaders; ensuring that consumers, businesses, and citizens have confidence in the digital tools they use each day—and that the government and the private sector have plans to bounce back from inevitable cyber attacks—presents perhaps the biggest challenge ahead.

  • Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security

  • Geoff Brown, CISO, City of New York, and head of NYC Cyber Command

  • Chandra McMahon, CISO, Verizon, and Aspen Cybersecurity Group member

  • Sean Joyce, Principal, PwC, and Aspen Cybersecurity Group member

Moderator: Sheera Frankel, reporter, The New York Times

4:25 p.m.        Meeting the Cyber Talent Challenge
The looming skills and workforce gap in cybersecurity threatens both national security and the private sector’s ability to capitalize on where technology is heading. Panelists will discuss how to invest in the future workforce, including the findings of the Aspen Cyber Strategy Group’s year-long study of the cyber talent pipeline.

  • John Kelly, Senior Vice President, IBM, and Aspen Cybersecurity Group member

  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Member, House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security

  • Brig. Gen. Jennifer Buckner, Director of Cyber on the Army staff

  • Matt Olsen, Chief Trust and Security Officer, Uber

Moderator: Betsy Cooper, The Aspen Institute Cyber & Technology Program

5:10 p.m.        Election Security & Disinformation
Two days after the midterm election, leading voices on election security will take stock of the threat landscape and look ahead to how the country must secure its voting system heading into the 2020 presidential election.

  • Bob Lord, CSO, DNC

  • Kevin Mandia, CEO, FireEye

  • Kim Zetter, Author, “Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon”

Moderator: Garrett Graff, The Aspen Institute Cyber & Technology Program

5:50 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • John Carlin, The Aspen Institute Cyber & Technology Program

6:00 p.m. Summit Ends


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