The Cambridge Cyber Summit Presented by The Aspen Institute, CNBC, and MIT to be Held on October 5 on MIT Campus

September 6, 2016

Inaugural Conference to Focus on Ways to Combat Urgent Cyber Threats and Secure America’s Future

For more information contact:

Jennifer Dauble

The Aspen Institute
Doug Farrar

Adam Conner-Simons

Washington, DC, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and Cambridge, MA, September 6, 2016 – The Aspen Institute, CNBC, and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) today announced a historic partnership which will produce the first-ever The Cambridge Cyber Summit on October 5th at Kresge Auditorium on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA.

This unique one-day summit will bring together c-suite executives and business owners with public and private-sector leaders in security, technology and defense to discuss ways to combat urgent cyber threats and secure America’s future. The event, comprised of interviews and live demonstrations, will focus on critical issues such as the next wave of cyberattacks and their perpetrators, countermeasures, privacy and security, public-private cooperation and information sharing, and the latest trends in technology, among others.

Attendees will also get to see the latest research from MIT and the event will feature eye-opening live demonstrations from leading technologists and “white hat” hackers.

The summit will be coupled with special digital content from both CNBC and The Aspen Institute, with live coverage on CNBC before, during and after the summit.

“This partnership brings together three organizations that are the absolute leaders in their respective fields for a dynamic one-day summit,” said Nikhil Deogun, SVP and Editor in Chief, CNBC Business News. “The conference will tackle the ever-important issue of cyber security which is paramount not only to the companies we cover every day on CNBC, but to everyone using technology.”

“Cybersecurity is really important. We have an internet now that’s basically insecure. It’s driven productivity and innovation for the past 50 years. But now, so many bad things are happening, so many hacks, the notion that our electricity grid or our electrical system can be hacked,” said Walter Isaacson, President & CEO of The Aspen Institute and CNBC contributor. “This summit in Cambridge will be interesting because we’re bringing together government, industry, as well as academic people to say, ‘what can we do to make the internet more secure?’”

“If you look back at the history of cybersecurity, you will find that MIT has been there every step of the way, from creating the world’s first passwords for early time-sharing computers to developing data-encryption systems that keep our online information safe,” says Maria Zuber, MIT’s vice president for research. “Building off of this rich history, we are excited to explore the future of this field through substantive dialogue at this new collaborative event.”

Current speakers include:

  • Stewart Baker, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; former Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security
  • John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, United States Justice Department
  • Cindy Cohn, Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Rajesh De, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP; former General Counsel, National Security Agency
  • Michael DeCesare, President and CEO, ForeScout
  • Thomas A. Fanning, President and CEO,  Southern Company
  • Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute
  • David Kennedy, The White Hat Hacker, TrustedSec
  • Tom Leighton, Co-Founder and CEO, Akamai Technologies
  • Stuart Madnick, John Norris Maguire Professor of Information Technologies, MIT Sloan School of Management; Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT School of Engineering; Founding Director, MIT Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
  • Etay Maor, Executive Security Advisor, IBM
  • Matt Olsen, President and Co-Founder, IronNet Cybersecurity; former Director, National Counterterrorism Center
  • Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab; Founding Director, MIT Connection Science Research Initiative
  • Howard Shrobe, Executive Director, CyberSecurity@CSAIL
  • Suzanne Spaulding, Under Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
  • Mark Testoni, President and CEO, SAP National Security Services
  • Starnes Walker, Founding Director, University of Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative; Former CTO and Technical Director, Fleet Cyber Command and 10th Fleet, US Navy
  • Daniel Weitzner, Founding Director, MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative; Principal Research Scientist, MIT CSAIL
  • Maggie Wilderotter, Member, White House Cybersecurity Commission; Former CEO, Frontier Communications

For more information about The Cambridge Cyber Summit or to register to attend go to:

The Cambridge Cyber Summit invites the public at large to engage with its speakers and other followers online and through social media. There will be opportunities to share videos, watch sessions, and add to the dialogue from anywhere in the world.

People can join The Cambridge Cyber Summit conversation on social media using #CambridgeCyber. Live social media coverage will be shared by partners on a variety of platforms including: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Periscope, LinkedIn and Snapchat.

About CNBC:

With CNBC in the U.S., CNBC in Asia Pacific, CNBC in Europe, Middle East and Africa, CNBC World and CNBC HD, CNBC is the recognized world leader in business news and provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to approximately 385 million homes worldwide, including more than 95 million households in the United States and Canada. CNBC also provides daily business updates to 400 million households across China. The network’s 15 live hours a day of business programming in North America (weekdays from 4:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET) is produced at CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and includes reports from CNBC News bureaus worldwide. CNBC at night features a mix of new reality programming, CNBC’s highly successful series produced exclusively for CNBC and a number of distinctive in-house documentaries.

CNBC also has a vast portfolio of digital products which deliver real-time financial market news and information across a variety of platforms including:; CNBC PRO, the premium, integrated desktop/mobile service that provides live access to CNBC programming, exclusive video content and global market data and analysis; a suite of CNBC mobile products including the CNBC Apps for iOS, Android and Windows devices; and additional products such as the CNBC App for the Apple Watch and Apple TV.

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About The Aspen Institute:
The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values. The Institute is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an independent, coeducational, privately endowed university, organized into five Schools (architecture and planning; engineering; humanities, arts, and social sciences; management; and science). It has some 1,000 faculty members, more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 130,000 living alumni. Its mission is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is the largest interdepartmental laboratory at MIT and one of the world’s most important centers of computer science and information technology research. The lab has played a major role in the technology revolution of the past 50 years. CSAIL is focused on conducting groundbreaking research in artificial intelligence, computer systems, and the theory of computation, while also tackling pressing societal challenges such as education, health care, manufacturing and transportation.

Recognizing the importance of a more integrated approach to combating data breaches and security failures, MIT launched three cybersecurity-focused research efforts in March 2015: Cybersecurity@CSAIL- focused on identifying and developing new technologies to address the most significant issues in cybersecurity; The MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) – Funded by the Hewlett Foundation and focused on establishing quantitative metrics and qualitative models to help inform policymakers; and the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, (IC)3 – based in the MIT Sloan School of Management and focused on the strategic, managerial and operational issues related to cybersecurity of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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