Aspen Cyber Summit to Feature Top Leaders from Capitol Hill, CISA, Secret Service, NSA, and NGA, as well as Senior Executives from Facebook, Cloudflare, and more, December 1st Through 3rd

November 30, 2020

Three-day virtual event, free and open to the public, to cover cybersecurity issues amid an unprecedented year of crises

Carner Derron
Marketing and Communications Manager, Aspen Digital
Aspen Institute

Jon Purves
Senior Media Relations Manager
Aspen Institute

Washington, D.C., November 30, 2020—The fifth annual Aspen Cyber Summit will take place virtually from noon to 3 p.m. ET daily Tuesday, December 1st, through Thursday, December 3rd. This three-day Aspen Institute event will delve into lessons learned throughout a difficult year and a fraught national election, as the country looks ahead to 2021 and a new presidential administration in Washington, D.C.

The Summit will also feature the release of the Aspen Cybersecurity Group’s new national cybersecurity agenda, making this the first major event to launch such a proposal. The report was developed by members of the Institute’s cross-sector, public-private cybersecurity forum, comprising former government officials, Capitol Hill leaders, industry executives, security practitioners, and respected voices from civil society. Its contents are centered on five policy areas where the incoming administration and Congress can make measurable progress in the next four years toward building a more resilient digital society.

This year’s kick-off keynote interview will feature former CISA Deputy Director Matt Travis, who was removed earlier this month by the Trump administration, in conversation with the New York Times’ Kara Swisher. The two will look back at the 2020 election and the disinformation surrounding it.

For day two’s keynote, U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray will be interviewed by NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams about the Secret Service’s efforts to combat transnational cybercrime.

The third day’s opener will feature two top CISOs in the healthcare sector—Johnson & Johnson’s Marene Allison and Eli Lilly’s Meredith Harper. Moderated by NPR Correspondent Dina Temple-Raston, the session will cover efforts to secure the COVID-19 vaccine development and distribution process.

Throughout the three days, the Summit will feature a dynamic lineup of top leaders from business, government, academia, and civil society groups, who will discuss the most pressing threats and policy questions in cybersecurity and technology. Speakers include NSA Cybersecurity Directorate Director Anne Neuberger; Sen. Mark Warner, Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee; Rep. Lauren Underwood, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation; Rep. Will Hurd, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernization and Readiness, and Co-chair of the Aspen Cybersecurity Group; Cloudflare Co-founder and COO Michelle Zatlyn; Facebook Cybersecurity Policy Head Nathaniel Gleicher; National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Deputy Director Stacey Dixon; IARPA Director Catherine Marsh; Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers; National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina; Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon; Stanford Internet Observatory Founder Alex Stamos; and CyberPeace Institute Board Member Khoo Boon Hui; as well as top journalists, like WIRED Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson and Fast Company Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Mehta.

The 2020 Aspen Cyber Summit is free and open to the public, and 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 each day 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 staffers listed on this press release.

This year’s Summit is presented with the support of FireEye, Intel, and Proofpoint, with special thanks as well to SCIPA NA and the American Gas Association.

The complete agenda with session titles is included below. Those seeking to register to attend or learn more can visit

AGENDA — 5th Annual Aspen Cyber Summit, December 1-3, 2020

(Speakers and sessions subject to change)

Tuesday, December 1 (Noon to 3 p.m. ET)

Noon – 12:45 p.m. Inside The 2020 Election

  • Matt Travis, Former Deputy Director, CISA
  • Moderator: Kara Swisher, Host, New York Times “Sway”

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Ransomware — Pay and Play?

  • Charles Carmakal, Senior Vice President & CTO, FireEye
  • Khoo Boon Hui, Board Member, CyberPeace Institute
  • Maria Thompson, Chief Risk Officer, State of North Carolina
  • Moderator: Lily Hay Newman, Security Reporter, WIRED

1:30 – 2 p.m. How 2020 Changed the Internet

  • Michelle Zatlyn, Co-founder and COO, Cloudflare
  • Moderator: Nicholas Thompson, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED

2 – 3 p.m. New Threats for a New Administration

  • Sue Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
  • Alex Stamos, Founder, Stanford Internet Observatory
  • Moderator: Susan Hennessey, Executive Editor, Lawfare

Wednesday, December 2 (Noon to 3:30 p.m. ET)

Noon – 12:30 p.m. Transnational Cybercrime

  • James Murray, Director, U.S. Secret Service
  • Moderator: Pete Williams, Justice Correspondent, NBC News

12:30 – 1:10 p.m. The Next Security Frontier — Outer Space

  • Jack Blackhurst, Executive Director, Air Force Research Lab 
  • Capt. Ed DeVinney (Ret.), Corporate Director, Cyber Programs, Northrop Grumman
  • Erin Miller, Vice President of Operations, Space ISAC

1:10 – 1:50 p.m. Navigating an Infodemic — From Elections to Vaccines

  • Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Facebook
  • Yasmin Green, Director of Research and Development, Jigsaw
  • Dr. Joan Donovan, Research Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Moderator: Charlie Warzel, Writer at Large, New York Times

1:50 – 2:45 p.m. The Realpolitik of Supply Chains

  • Diane Rinaldo, Senior Vice President, Beacon Global Strategies
  • Joakim Reiter, External Affairs Chief, Vodafone
  • Dr. Samantha Ravich, Chair, Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Dr. Claire Vishik, Fellow, Intel
  • Moderator: David Sanger, Reporter, New York Times

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Assessing “The China Initiative”

  • John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Justice Department
  • William Evanina, Director, National Counterintelligence and Security Center
  • Moderator: Aruna Viswanatha, Reporter, Wall Street Journal

    Thursday, December 3 (Noon to 2:45 p.m. ET)

    Noon – 12:45 p.m. Protecting Healthcare in a Pandemic

    • Marene Allison, CISO, Johnson & Johnson
    • Meredith Harper, CISO, Eli Lilly
    • Matt Gorham, Assistant Director for Cyber, FBI
    • Moderator: Dina Temple-Raston, Correspondent, NPR 

    12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Driving Innovation Inside Government

    • Dr. Stacey Dixon, Deputy Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
    • Dr. Catherine Marsh, Director, IARPA
    • Anne Neuberger, Director, Cybersecurity Directorate, National Security Agency
    • Moderator: Stephanie Mehta, Editor-in-Chief, Fast Company

    1:30 – 2 p.m. New Kid on the Cyber Block

    • Brandon Wales, Acting Director, CISA
    • Moderator: Garrett Graff, Director of Cyber Initiatives, Aspen Digital

    2 – 2:45 p.m. The View from Capitol Hill

    • Sen. Mark Warner, Vice Chair, Senate Intelligence Committee
    • Rep. Will Hurd, Co-chair, Aspen Cybersecurity Group, and Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernization and Readiness
    • Rep. Lauren Underwood, Chair, House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation
    • Moderator: John Carlin, Chair, Aspen Cyber & Technology Program


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