Aspen Cyber Summit Presents John Demers, Lisa Monaco, and James M. Murray on October 2; Watch Live or Follow Online

October 2, 2019

Nation’s leading cyber security experts and policymakers to appear in New York City, with coverage provided by exclusive media partner CNN

Contact: Jon Purves
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Aspen Institute

New York, NY, October 2, 2019– The fourth annual Aspen Cyber Summit, organized by the Aspen Institute, takes place on Wednesday, October 2nd from 9:00am – 5:00pm ET in New York City. Leading policymakers, private sector experts, and innovators will discuss today’s most pressing issues in cybersecurity and technological innovation. Sessions from the Summit, at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, can be viewed via an Aspen Institute livestream and on

The keynote will be delivered by U.S. Secret Service Director James M. Murray, and topics addressed as part of the policy agenda will include disinformation in an election year, transnational supply chains and national security, securing internet infrastructure, and emerging threats. The full agenda is available at

Speakers include U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers; Jigsaw Director of R&D Yasmin Green; Hathaway Global Strategies President Melissa Hathaway; CrowdStrike President Shawn Henry; former White House Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, now a partner at O’Melveny & Meyers, distinguished senior fellow at NYU Law School, and co-chair of the Aspen Cybersecurity Group; Defense Innovation Unit Director for Cyber Jeff Kleck; Nazak Nikakhtar, the Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Cloudflare CEO and Co-Founder Matthew Prince; and Richard Stengel, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, as well as CISA Deputy Director Matthew Travis from the Department of Homeland Security.

CNN, the exclusive media partner to the Aspen Cyber Summit, is providing moderators and covering reporters. Pamela Brown and Brian Stelter will drive discussion from the stage, with additional journalists present throughout the day.

The Summit will also be covered on social media. Follow @AspenCyber on twitter and @AspenInstitute on Facebook, and join the conversation using #AspenCyber.

The 2019 agenda is posted in full below with session titles. Detailed descriptions of specific sessions are available here.

9:00 – 9:05 a.m. Welcome Remarks

  • John Carlin, Chair, The Aspen Institute Cyber & Technology Program

9:05 – 9:30 a.m. Opening Keynote: Transnational Threats

  • James M. Murray, Director, U.S. Secret Service

9:30 – 10:05 a.m. Supply Chain and Emerging Technology Threats

  • John Demers, Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, Department of Justice; Lisa Monaco, Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; Partner, O’Melveny & Myers; Co-chair, Aspen Cybersecurity Group

10:20 – 11:00 a.m. Disinformation

  • Yasmin Green, Director of Research and Development, Jigsaw; Nina Jankowicz, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Richard Stengel, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. State Department; Moderated by Pamela Brown, Senior White House Correspondent, CNN

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Ransomware

  • Geoff Brown, CISO, City of New York; Mieke Eoyang, Vice President, National Security Program, Third Way; Shawn Henry, President and CSO, CrowdStrike; Matthew Travis, Deputy Director, CISA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

11:45 – 12:30 p.m. Industrial Policy

  • Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies; Nazak Nikakhtar, Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Chris Painter, Former Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State; Moderator: Jenna McLaughlin, National Security and Investigations Reporter, Yahoo News

1:30 – 2:10 p.m. Policing Tech

  • Erika Brown-Lee, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Mastercard; Glenn Gerstell, General Counsel, National Security Agency; Tim Wu, Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science, and Technology, Columbia Law School; Moderated by Brian Stelter, Host, Reliable Sources, CNN

2:10 – 2:55 p.m. Solving the Internet: Solutions

  • John Curran, President and CEO, American Registry for Internet Numbers; Katie Jordan, Senior Policy Advisor, North America, Internet Society; Matthew Prince, CEO and Co-Founder, CloudFlare; Moderatd by Lily Hay Newman, Staff Writer, WIRED

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Aspen Tech Policy Hub Fellow Presentation

  • Fellows from the Aspen Institute’s new incubator-style Tech Policy Hub in San Francisco will present their research and findings around key technology policy questions. With Steven Buccini, Ginny Fahs and Ora Tanner

3:30 – 4:10 p.m. Moving Toward Action

  • Peter A. Altabef, Chairman, President, and CEO, Unisys; Kiersten Todt, former Executive Director, President’s Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity, and Resident Scholar, Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security; Adm. Mark Montgomery (Ret.), Executive Director, U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission; Moderated by Betsy Cooper, Founding Director, Tech Policy Hub, The Aspen Institute

4:10 – 5:00 p.m Emerging Threats and Solutions

  • Kelly Bissell, Global Lead, Accenture Security; Candace Worley, Vice President and Chief Technical Strategist, McAfee; Paul Abbate, Associate Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Jeff Kleck, Director for Cyber, Defense Innovation Unit; Moderated by David Sanger, National Security Correspondent and Senior Writer, The New York Times

Editor’s Note: Press inquiries and requests for media assets should be directed to Discussions will be available via livestream here:; media are not preauthorized to embed or share recorded content. Please credit the Aspen Cyber Summit, organized by the Aspen Institute, in any coverage.

The annual Aspen Cyber Summit began in 2016, and has previously been held in Cambridge, MA, and San Francisco, CA. It is organized by the Aspen Institute Cyber & Technology Program, chaired by John Carlin. 2019 Aspen Cyber Summit sponsors are Accenture, McAfee, and BluVector.

The Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. Based in Washington DC, the Institute also has campuses in Aspen, CO, and on the Wye River in eastern Maryland, and maintains offices in New York and several other cities. For more information, visit


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