2021 Aspen Cyber Summit to Feature Key Leaders from CISA, DoJ, NSA, the White House, Security Industry, Nonprofit Sector, and More, September 29 and October 6

September 16, 2021

Centered on the theme of systemic cyber risk, the virtual summit will take place across two days and is free to attend online for the public. 

Contact: Jon Purves
Senior Media Relations Manager
Aspen Institute

Washington, DC, September 16, 2021 The Aspen Cyber Summit is returning for its sixth year to convene top innovators and leaders from government, business, academia, and civil society on the theme of systemic cyber risk. The Aspen Digital program today confirmed the speaker lineup for the event, which will take place on Wednesday, September 29, as a virtual convening with a limited in-person component and on Wednesday, October 6, entirely virtually, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET both days.

This nonpartisan, high-level setting provides one of the most significant stages for discussions on cybersecurity policy, strategy, and operations. Media are encouraged to register in advance here.

Speakers on September 29 will include: the Department of Justice’s Deputy Attorney General, Lisa Monaco; FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate; Red Balloon Security CEO Ang Cui; Cyber Threat Alliance CEO Michael Daniel; Comcast CISO Noopur Davis; Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly; Mastercard CSO Ron Green; Columbia University Senior Research Scholar Jay Healey; PwC Global Cyber and Privacy Leader Sean Joyce; the National Security Agency’s Director of Cybersecurity Directorate, Rob Joyce; Veracode CEO Sam King; Former CISA Director and Aspen Digital Senior Fellow Chris Krebs; Forescout CEO Wael Mohamed; Amazon Web Services CISO Stephen Schmidt; and RAND Corporation Researcher Jonathan Welburn, among others.

The lineup for October 6 will feature: the country’s first-ever National Cyber Director, Chris Inglis; Senator Angus King (I-ME); the U.S. Department of Energy’s Deputy Secretary, David Turk; American Public Power Association CEO Joy Ditto; AIG’s Global Head of Cyber Risk Insurance, Tracie Grella; Rep. John Katko (R-NY-24); Hawaiian Electric CEO Connie Lau; and Edison International CEO Pedro Pizzarro, among others.

Session topics will include White House cyber and tech priorities, artificial intelligence, protecting the electrical grid, finding solutions in Congress, how innovation can keep us safe, and much more. Visit AspenCyberSummit.org for further information.

Programming for the 2021 Aspen Cyber Summit is free to the public online. Participants must register to attend. In addition, the event will be covered on social media. Follow @AspenDigital and @AspenCyber on Twitter, and join the conversation using #AspenCyber. A full recording of both days will be posted online after-the-fact.

The media is invited and encouraged to cover this event, crediting the Aspen Cyber Summit. Should newsrooms need assistance in pulling footage, please contact the staffer listed on this press release.

This year’s Summit is made possible by presenting sponsor PwC, as well as Autodesk and McKinsey & Company.


Aspen Digital empowers policy-makers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and media in the service of an informed, just, and equitable world. Part of the Aspen Institute, it shines a light on urgent global issues across cybersecurity, the information ecosystem, emerging technology, the industry talent pipeline, tech and communications policy, and innovation. The program then turns ideas to action and develops human solutions to these digital challenges.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.

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