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Aspen Tech Policy Hub Demo Day – Protecting Your Digital Reality

The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the cybersecurity risks for everyone, including large companies, small businesses and individuals. What steps can individuals take to help protect our digital realities?

Join four Aspen Tech Policy Hub Fellows as they showcase their projects concerned with Protecting Your Digital Reality. Following the presentations of the projects, Raj Shah, Chairman at, will give further remarks. The projects to be presented are:

Big Security for Small Business: How are small businesses supposed to keep their cyber assets safe when they do not have the resources of large companies? Matthew Schroeder and Matt Sievers will present their work to tackle this challenge. They recommend the adoption of curated tools designed to help small businesses meet a minimum standard for cybersecurity and help business owners protect their digital assets.

Digital Afterlife Project: How can individuals recover, access, or delete the digital lives of their loved ones after their passing? Olivia Erickson and Cecilia Donnelly Krum teamed up to recommend how state governments and technology companies can change their laws and products to help facilitate this painful process. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the cybersecurity risks for everyone, including large companies, small businesses and individuals. What steps could individuals take to help protect our digital realities?

We will be joined by:

Cecilia Donnelly Krum is a developer at the Minnesota Senate. Previously, Cecilia worked at Open Tech Strategies as an open source consultant for clients such as the American Red Cross, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the World Bank. She graduated from the University of Chicago. Cecilia enjoys Minneapolis’ parks in all seasons, particularly for canoeing and cross-country skiing.

Olivia (Liv) Erickson is an open source engineer and Senior Product Manager in Mozilla’s Emerging Technology group. She has spent her career developing virtual and augmented reality software applications with a focus on exploring shared 3D environments. Previously, she worked at Microsoft and co-founded a virtual reality educational non-profit. In her free time, Liv enjoys SCUBA diving in Monterey Bay and snowboarding at Lake Tahoe.

Matthew Schroeder is currently a security engineer at Salesforce. Previously, Matthew served in a variety of Security engineer and management roles at Facebook, Gap Inc., Visa, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Matthew has a MS and BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. In his free time, Matthew enjoys escaping the digital world (briefly) to go on long runs.

Matt Sievers recently finished 12 years of military service where he specialized in cybersecurity and network operations. In his last position, he taught and developed curriculum for the undergraduate computer and cyber science programs at the US Air Force Academy. Matt has a MS in Cyber Operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a BS in Computer Science from the US Air Force Academy. He can often be found running the trails around Pikes Peak and other Colorado mountains.

Raj Shah is the chairman of, a cyber-security start-up. Raj is also a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Most recently he was the managing partner of the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), reporting to the Secretary of Defense. Raj led DIUx in its efforts to strengthen U.S. armed forces through contractual and cultural bridges between Silicon Valley and the Pentagon. Previously, Raj was senior director of strategy at Palo Alto Networks, which acquired Morta Security, where he was chief executive officer and co-founder. He began his business career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Raj serves as an F-16 pilot in the US Air Force and has completed multiple combat deployments. He holds an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

This conversation is part of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub’s Demo Day Video Series. Please visit our website to learn more about our series and RSVP for other events.

Event information
Wed Jun 24, 2020
9:00am - 10:00am PDT