April 16, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security has announced its keynote speakers for the International Conference on Cyber Engagement (ICCE) 2019: Building Commonality in a Dynamic Global Domain. This will be the eighth annual ICCE, hosted on April 23, 2019, in Washington, DC, in partnership with Dentons, PKO Bank Polski, Texas A&M University and media partner The Cipher Brief.

This year, ICCE will feature the following keynote speakers:

Sec. Michael Chertoff, Former US Secretary of Homeland Security and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group;

The Hon. Christopher Krebs, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the US Department of Homeland Security;

Mr. David Koh, Commissioner of Cybersecurity, Chief Executive of the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, and Defense Cyber Chief of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Singapore;

Maj. Gen. (S) Timothy D. Haugh, USAF, Commander of the Cyber National Mission Force at US Cyber Command; and

Ms. Amy Hess, Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, & Services Branch at the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Organized since 2011 by Dr. Catherine Lotrionte, Brent Scowcroft Scholar at the Atlantic Council, the conference draws on the experience of government representatives, industry practitioners, and academic scholars to bring a multidisciplinary and global approach to challenges in cyberspace. The last time it was held in 2017, the conference attracted over 800 participants from nearly 400 organizations representing 43 nations.

“International engagement on cyber is critical to increasing understanding and building bridges among participants in this highly dynamic, rapidly growing, and sometimes volatile domain. The dialogue, relationships and expectations established now lay the groundwork for commonality during time of crisis,” says Dr. Lotrionte.

Honoring General Brent Scowcroft's legacy of service, the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and the world. By hosting ICCE, the Scowcroft Center seeks to look ahead to key trends shaping the future of cyberspace and to amplify expert voices to strengthen cyberspace governance to help manage growing challenges.

This year’s agenda will cover topics including:

  • Regional Perspectives on Cyber;
  • Enforcing Norms: Cyber Diplomacy and Law Enforcement;
  • The Geopolitics of 5G;
  • IoT and Operational Technology Cyber Implications;
  • The Challenge of Balancing Privacy and Security in a Rapidly Changing World;
  • Political Disinformation & Election Security;
  • The Implications of Artificial Intelligence;
  • Military & Intelligence Actions in Cyberspace;
  • Securing the Software Supply Chain.

Speakers at this year’s conference include:

Gen James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.), Former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, Executive Chairman Emeritus, Board of Directors and Chairman of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council;

Amb. Robert Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy at the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs of the US Department of State;

H.E. Karol Okoński, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Digital Affairs of the Republic of Poland and Government Plenipotentiary for Cybersecurity;

Ms. Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Director for Cybersecurity at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the US Department of Homeland Security;

The Hon. John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, US Department of Justice;

The Hon. Karen Evans, Assistant Secretary at the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response for the US Department of Energy;

Ms. Kim Zetter, Journalist and Author of Countdown to Zero Day;

H.E. Audrey Tang, Digital Minister, Taiwan;

Mr. Mohammad Altura, Chief, IT Sector, Communication & Information Technology Regulatory Authority of the State of Kuwait;

Ms. Edna Conway, Chief Security Officer, Global Value Chain, CISCO;

H.E. Tobias Feakin, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Commonwealth of Australia;

Col. Andres Hairk, Commander, Cyber Command, Estonian Defense Forces;

Mr. Robert Huber, Chief Security Officer, Tenable;

Dr. Reiko Kondo, Director of the Office of the Director-General for Cybersecurity within the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan;

H.E. Omar Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence of the United Arab Emirates;

MG Wolfgang Renner, Commander of the NATO Communication and Information Systems Group, and Deputy Chief of Staff of Cyberspace at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe; and

Sr. Col. Weidi Xu, PLA (Ret.), Former Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University, People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China.

For further information regarding the International Conference on Cyber Engagement and a full list of all speakers and panels, please visit www.atlanticcouncil.org/icce.

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The Atlantic Council would like to also thank its Diamond Sponsors, Tenable, Hewlett Foundation, and DXC Technology.

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