Keynotes

Keynote - Day 1

"Cyber Fragility in 2019"

The keynote will provide an overview of Cyber Fragility, its importance and the drivers of Cyber Fragility in 2019. The talk will encourage audience members to consider approaches modern organizations are taking to reduce risk and build trust in technology and to analyse how emerging attacks may impact themselves and their organizations. 

Mike Aiello is a Cybersecurity Executive at Google where he is the Director of Product Management for Google Cloud Platform Security. Additionally, Mike serves as a Board Director or Board Advisor to cybersecurity, technology and investment companies in New York, California and Maryland. At Google, Mike's risk management, data protection, and privacy products help secure thousands of businesses and billions of people every day. In 2017 and 2018, these products unblocked more than one billion dollars of revenue for Google Cloud. Before joining Google, he served as Chief Information Security Officer at Goldman Sachs, where he helped secure Marcus, the company's digital retail bank and established the company's Consumer Trust and Technology Risk Committee. Mike has spent the last 20 years as a technology innovator and entrepreneur. Mike was the founder and CEO of DIFRwear, a leading manufacturer of radio-frequency identification (RFID) blocking wallets, passport cases, and badge sleeves. The company and products have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and others. Mike also founded LifeEnsured, a company which allowed customers to privately manage their online identities after death, which was acquired in 2012 by DSwiss. Mike has spoken for a variety of audiences from large cyber events like the Gartner Information Security & Risk Management Conference to policy discussions at the Council on Foreign Relations. He regularly works with CEOs, CIOs, and CISOs advising on technology and security risk management. Mike serves on the U.S. Leaders Council for Cordaid, an international relief organization. Mike has an MBA from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Computer Science focused on Information Assurance from New York University's Tandon School of Engineering and has authored several patents related to cybersecurity and privacy.

 

Keynote - Day 2

"The importance of international alliances in strenghtening cybersecurity: the case of information superiority and technology dependence."

Cybersecurity has been seen as a purely technical matter for far too long. Although cybersecurity is inherently about protecting infrastrucure and information, it has reached the realms of diplomacy, geopolitics, strategic balance of power. Apart from talking about the importance of international alliances based on shared values and diplomacy, I would like to discuss two state actors, Russian Federation and PRC - and how allies across the Atlantic work on mittigating some of the challenges posed by the actions coming from these two actors.

Daniel P. Bagge was appointed as the Cyber Attache of the Czech Republic to the United States and Canada as of August 2018. In this capacity, he is responsible for government to government relations in the field of cyber security. He works for the National Cyber and Information Security Agency, and is based at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington D.C. Among his duties are strengthening relations among partner organisations and entities such as the FBI, DHS and other federal agencies, also including U.S. Congress, Department of State and the National Security Council with his parent organisation. His mandate however is broader than G2G. He is also reaching out to private industry and academia, forging partnerships with stakeholders that are essential in cybersecurity.

Until August 2018 he was the Director of Cyber Security Policies, first in the National Security Authority and later in the National Cyber and Information Security Agency. In this capacity he was responsible for the implementation of the National Cyber Security Strategy which he co-authored, as well as overseeing the process of Critical Information Infrastructure Protection of the country.  While being responsible for creation of the first national and international policies on cyber security in the Czech Republic, he founded the Strategic Information and Analysis Unit, Education and Exercise Unit, International Organizations and Law Unit, National Strategies and Policies Unit and the Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Unit.  As part of international outreach and cooperation, he provided the expertise of his department to ACT NATO, USCYBERCOM, USAFRICOM, the U.S. Congress and others. 

He deals with the conceptualization of threats and since 2013 has worked as the Secretary of the Cyber Security Council, chaired by the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. He is regularly invited to speak at cyber security events around the world. In 2015 he became intrigued by the use of cyber enabled activities to influence decision making on all levels of governance. This lead to publishing his book called Unmasking Maskirovka: Russia's Cyber Influence Operations (2019).

He holds M.A. from the Bundeswehr University in Munich / George C. Marshall Center in Germany and studied in the Czech Republic and Israel.