Rob Joyce, who spoke at the 2017 Summit, at an Aspen Institute panel.

Rob Joyce, who spoke at the 2017 Summit, at an Aspen Institute panel.

2017 Cambridge cyber summit

Last year’s slate of speakers represented many of the most influential leaders in the cybersecurity industry, including a keynote address by White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce. Other speakers included Catherine P. Bessant, Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Bank of America; Mike Gregoire, CEO CA Technologies; Jason Matheny, Director, IARPA; and Joe Sullivan, CSO, Uber; former FCC chair Tom Wheeler; NSA General Counsel Glenn GerstellRobert Hannigan, who just stepped down as the head of GCHQ; John Carlin, Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Cyber & Technology Program and former Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Lisa Monaco, Homeland Security Advisor to President Barack Obama; and Monika Bickert from Facebook. Read more.



8:00 – 9:00 a.m.     Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:05            Welcome Remarks
Tyler MathisenCo-anchor, “Power Lunch” and “Nightly Business Report,” CNBC


9:05 – 9:35            Global Threat Briefing
Sue GordonPrincipal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
Andrew McCabe, Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Interviewer: Eamon Javers, Washington Correspondent, CNBC

9:35 – 10:05            The View from the White House
Rob Joyce, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator

Interviewer: John CarlinChairman, Cybersecurity and Technology Program, The Aspen Institute; Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice

10:05 – 10:35          Russia and Ukraine: The Canary in the Coalmine?
Oleh DereviankoChairman, Information Systems Security Partners (ISSP)
E.W. “Bill” Priestap, Assistant Director, Counterintelligence Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Elizabeth Sherwood-RandallSenior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center; Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

Moderator: Andy GreenbergSenior Writer, WIRED

10:35 – 10:55   Break

10:55 – 11:25        North Korea: The Bank-Robbing Evilest Empire
John CarlinChairman, Cybersecurity and Technology Program, The Aspen Institute; Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice
Jeff Greene, Senior Director, Global Government Affairs and Policy,Symantec
Chris InglisManaging Director, Paladin Capital; Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency

Moderator: Suzanne Kelly, CEO and Publisher, The Cipher Brief

11:25 – 12:05       Good Offense, Better Defense: Toward a New National Cybersecurity Posture
Tom Fanning, Chairman and CEO, Southern Technologies
Mike GregoireCEO, CA Technologies
Robert HanniganFormer Director, GCHQ (U.K.)
Rob JoyceCybersecurity Coordinator, White House

Moderator: Jon ForttOn-Air Editor and Co-Anchor, “Squawk Alley,”CNBC

12:05 – 12:20 p.m. Cyber Crime and Punishment
Rod RosensteinDeputy Attorney General, Department of Justice

12:20 – 1:35         Lunch Session: Hosted Roundtables

1:35 – 2:05       Right Hand, Left Hand: Transparency, Communication and Conflict
Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management, Facebook
Glenn GerstellGeneral Counsel, National Security Agency
Tom WheelerFormer Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

Interviewer: Andrew Ross Sorkin, Co-anchor, “Squawk Box,” CNBC



 2:05 – 2:45            Cybersecurity Disruption: What’s Next?
Mark McLaughlinChairman and CEO, Palo Alto Networks

Mark McLaughlinChairman and CEO, Palo Alto Networks
Sarah Guo, Principal, Greylock Partners

Moderator: Eamon Javers, Washington Correspondent,CNBC

2:45 – 3:00            The Cognitive Answer & Lessons from “The Range”
Marc van ZadelhoffGM, IBM Security

3:00 – 3:30            Rise of the Machines: AI, for Good and Evil
Dan Geer, CISO, In-Q-Tel
Jason MathenyDirector, IARPA
Mark Maybury, Vice President, Intelligence Portfolios, MITRE

Moderator: Thomas RidProfessor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced Studies

3:30 – 3:50            Break

3:50 – 4:20            Smart(er) Connections: Building a Safer Internet of Things
John FlynnChief Information Security Officer, Uber
Matt MoynahanCEO, Forcepoint
Phyllis SchneckFormer Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security

Moderator: Tyler MathisenCo-anchor, “Power Lunch” and “Nightly Business Report,” CNBC

4:20 – 4:45            Financial Security: Defending the Global Banking System
Catherine BessantChief Operations and Technology Officer, Bank of America

Interviewer: Andrew Ross SorkinCo-anchor, “Squawk Box,” CNBC

4:45 – 5:15            Platforms, Patches, Privacy: Balancing Business, National Security and Liberty
Brad SmithPresident and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

Moderator: Jon ForttOn-Air Editor and Co-Anchor, “Squawk Alley,” CNBC

5:15 – 6:30            Reception

Aspen's then-President and CEO, Walter Isaacson, interviews Admiral Michael S. Rogers, then-Director of the NSA.

Aspen's then-President and CEO, Walter Isaacson, interviews Admiral Michael S. Rogers, then-Director of the NSA.

2016 cambridge cyber summit

On October 5, 2016, the Aspen Institute, CNBC and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory hosted a groundbreaking summit, bringing together top leaders in business, government and academia to combat urgent cyber threats and secure America’s future. Speakers included then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and then-NSA Director Admiral Michael S. Rogers


2016 Agenda

8:00 - 9:00 AM            Registration and Breakfast

9:10 - 9:20 AM             Welcome Remarks
Polina Golland, Professor and Associate Director, MIT CSAIL

Host: Tyler Mathisen, Co-Anchor, "Power Lunch" and "Nightly Business Report," CNBC

9:20 - 9:50 AM            National Security: Are We Already at War? 
Admiral Michael S. Rogers, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency; Chief, Central Security Service

Moderator: Walter Isaacsonthen-President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

9:50 - 10:15 AM            National Security: Hacking Democracy
Rajesh DeFormer General Counsel, National Security Agency
Michele Reagan, Secretary of State of Arizona
Mark Testoni, President and CEO, SAP National Security Services

Moderator: Eamon Javers, Washington Reporter, CNBC

10:15 - 10:45 AM            A Conversation with the Deputy Director of the FBI

Andrew McCabe, then-Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Moderator: Walter Isaacsonthen-President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

10:45 - 11:00 AM           Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:30 AM            Privacy vs. Security: Beyond the Zero-Sum Game
Stewart BakerFormer Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security
Cindy Cohn, Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Glenn Gerstell, General Counsel, National Security Agency
Daniel Weitzner, Founding Director, Internet Policy Research Initiative, MIT; Principal Research Scientist, MIT CSAIL

Moderator: Ellen Nakashima, National Security Reporter, The Washington Post

11:30 - 12:00 PM            Live Demonstration: Ransomware and the Dark Web
Etay Maor, Executive Security Advisor, IBM
Srini Devadas, Edwin Sibley Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT CSAIL

Moderator: Tyler Mathisen, Co-Anchor, "Power Lunch" and "Nightly Business Report," CNBC

12:00 - 12:30 PM            Where Business and Cyberterror Collide: The View from the Justice Department
John Carlinthen-Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Department of Justice

Moderator: Andrew Ross Sorkin, Co-Anchor, "Squawk Box," CNBC

12:35 - 1:55 PM             Luncheon

1:55 - 2:15 PM               Live Demonstration: The White Hat Hacker
David Kennedy, The White Hat Hacker; Founder, Principal Security Consultant, TrustedSec

2:15 - 2:45 PM              Mission Critical: Protecting What Makes our Country Run
Tom Fanning, President and CEO, The Southern Company
Dr. Tom Leighton, Founder and CEO, Akamai
Suzanne SpauldingUnder Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security

Moderator: Jon Fortt, Co-Anchor, "Squawk Alley," CNBC

2:45 - 3:00 PM             Firestarter Presentation: Blockchain, Opal, and Enigma - The Arms Race in Cybersecurity
Alex Pentland, Director, Internet Trust Consortium; Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab

3:00 - 3:15 PM              Coffee Break

3:15 - 3:45 PM              Keynote Presentation
Sarah Bloom Raskin, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Brief Q&A following presentation with Tyler Mathisen, Co-Anchor, "Power Lunch" and "Nightly Business Report," CNBC

3:45 - 4:15 PM             Mission Critical: Securing the Global Financial System
Jeremy Allaire, Founder and CEO, Circle
Don Anderson, Senior Vice President and CIO, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Stuart Madnick, John Norris Maguire Professor of Information Technologies, MIT Sloan School of Management; Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT School of Engineering

Moderator: Andrew Ross Sorkin, Co-Anchor, "Squawk Box," CNBC

4:15 - 4:45 PM             Solve, Share, Secure: Confronting an Evolving Threat
S. Leslie Ireland, Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Matt Olsen, Co-Founder and President, IronNet Cybersecurity; Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center
Howard Shrobe, Director, Cybersecurity@CSAIL; Principal Research Scientist, MIT CSAIL
Starnes Walker, Founding Director, University of Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative; Former CTO and Technical Director, Fleet Cyber Command and 10th Fleet, US Navy

Moderator: David SangerChief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

4:45 - 6:30 PM Reception @ Kresge Auditorium


The attacks of the last decade by nation-states, organized-crime groups, and even individual hackers threaten to undermine trust in not just our institutions but also in the very information that powers our society, from financial and medical records to the media that keeps us informed. Launched in 2017, the Institute’s Cybersecurity and Technology Program offers educational resources, shares knowledge across industries and sectors, and brings together government and private-sector leaders to discuss challenges and to offer policy solutions that will help create a safe and secure online environment.

The program hosted its annual cybersecurity summit in Boston last year, as well as panel discussions with leaders from the White House, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Justice. The program also convenes a closed-door strategy group comprised of thinkers from Washington, Silicon Valley, academia, journalism, and the private sector, which aims to protect the future of our nation’s security online and ensure that the internet remains a key driver of American innovation.