Aspen Institute Launches Group to Address Pressing Global Cybersecurity Challenges

November 16, 2022

A European Parliament Member, Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency CEO, Rapid7 President & CEO to chair collective of approximately 40 international leaders across government, industry, and civil society

Contact: Carner Derron
Marketing & Communications Lead
Aspen Digital

November 16, 2022, New York, NYAmid a year that’s highlighted the need for cross-border, multilateral, and public-private work on technology and security issues, the Aspen Digital program announces the launch of the Global Cybersecurity Group. The forum held its first meeting last week in Prague, Czech Republic.

The group was announced this morning at the kick-off of the seventh annual Aspen Cyber Summit in New York City, where guests will hear from top officials from the NSA, CIA, FBI, Treasury Department, Pentagon, FTC, DHS, White House, and more. 

Chaired by European Parliament Member Marina Kaljurand of Estonia; Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency CEO, David Koh; and US-based Rapid7 President & CEO Corey Thomas, the Global Group will address pressing international cybersecurity challenges.

The Global Group consists of a broad and varied collective of approximately 40 leaders pulled from allied and like-minded nations around the world who share a commitment to preserving peace and freedom online. Members include current and former government representatives, industry leaders and tech executives, and academics and civil society thinkers

  • Silverado Policy Accelerator Co-Founder & Executive Chairman Dmitri Alperovitch of the US
  • New Zealand’s Special Representative on Cyber and Digital, Paul Ash
  • Former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Carl Bildt
  • Schneider Electric Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Security Officer Christophe Blassiau of France
  • DIGITALEUROPE Director-General Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl of Denmark
  • Brunswick Group Partner Yasmin Brooks of the UK
  • Fox-IT Managing Director Inge Bryan of the Netherlands
  • Accenture Security Global Lead Paolo Dal Cin of Italy
  • ISSP Chairman & CVO Oleh Derevianko of Ukraine
  • Association for Progressive Communications Senior Advisor Anriette Esterhuysen of South Africa
  • Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology, Tobias Feakin
  • Niantic Trust & Safety Global Director Camille Francois of France
  • Shadowserver’s Law Enforcement Liaison, Stew Garrick of the UK
  • Former Chief Executive Officer of the Information and Communication Technology Authority of Kenya Katherine Getao
  • IBM Senior Vice President and Director of Research Dr. Dario Gil of Spain
  • Mastercard Chief Security Officer Ron Green of the US
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Innovation Practice Co-Chair Jane Horvath of the US
  • WithSecure Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen of Finland
  • Former President of INTERPOL Boon Hui Khoo of Singapore
  • Israel’s Former Minister of Justice and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni
  • Oxford University Blatnik School of Government Professor Ciaran Martin of the UK
  • Global Forum on Cyber Expertise President Chris Painter of the US
  • France’s National Cybersecurity Agency Director General, Guillaume Poupard
  • E&Y Oceania Partner Michelle Price of Australia
  • Next Peak LLC Partner & Founder Dr. Greg Rattray of the US
  • India’s Former Deputy National Security Adviser Latha Reddy
  • Granitt Founder Runa Sandvik of the US and Norway
  • Information Technology Industry Council Executive Vice President of Policy Rob Strayer of the US
  • Schmidt Futures Fellow Eli Sugarman of the US
  • Former Director General of Israel’s National Cyber Directorate Yigal Unna
  • Google Chief Information Security Officer Phil Venables of the UK
  • Chairman & CEO of Red Cell Partners Grant Verstandig of the US
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Partnership for Countering Influence Operations Director, Dr. Alicia Wanless, of Canada
  • NTT Corporation Chief Information Security Officer Shinichi Yokohama of Japan.

On November 9-10, the inaugural members convened in Prague in the Czech Republic to chart areas of focus for the group’s first year of work and identify urgent questions they should prioritize. The two-day meeting featured over 40 attendees, including members and observers, who discussed issues ranging from cyber norms, to data jurisdiction, to inter-organization coordination, to information-sharing, and more. Additional information about the group’s work will be available in the coming weeks.

This initiative is made possible with the generous philanthropic support of Verstandig Family Foundation and additional contributions from craig newmark philanthropies and Omidyar Network. 

“Having multi stakeholders at the table convening to map out a new Global Digital Toolbox underpinned by collaboration couldn’t be more timely and addresses a critical gap in the cyber landscape,” said Grant Verstandig.

Those interested in learning more about the Aspen Global Cybersecurity Group can contact the staffer listed on this release. 


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. This Aspen Institute program shines a light on urgent global issues across cybersecurity, the information ecosystem, emerging technology, the industry talent pipeline, tech and communications policy, and innovation. It then turns ideas to action and develops human solutions to these digital challenges.

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