Michael Daniel
Keynote Speaker

Cybersecurity Advisor to President Barack Obama (2012 – 2016) & President, Cyber Threat Alliance

Michael Daniel draws from his post at the highest echelon of government to sound the alarm on the global security threats of the 21st century, revealing the necessary steps for managing your organization’s cyber risk.

From the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment to the intrusion into the Office of Personnel Management and the Russian efforts to meddle in the U.S. electoral process, Michael Daniel has maintained a pivotal role leading the government’s response to the most prominent cyber incidents of our time. As cybersecurity coordinator to President Barack Obama, Michael led the nation’s cybersecurity strategy and policy efforts from 2012 to 2016.

Widely recognized as one of the world’s top cybersecurity experts, Michael specializes in managing cyber risk to critical infrastructure systems, such as financial services assets, electronic medical records and industrial control systems. As president and CEO of the nonprofit Cyber Threat Alliance, Michael leads a team of cybersecurity giants, such as Cisco, Checkpoint, Fortinet, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, and Symantec, to improve information sharing about cybercrime and other threats.

With proven strategies for identifying and alleviating threats, and responding to cyber incidents, Michael unveils key insights for safeguarding assets in an era of precarious digital disruption and connectivity. As attacks increase in sophistication and hackers prove more brazen each day, Michael’s authoritative outlook on the global security landscape and applicable action plans help business leaders avoid becoming the next breaking cyber news story.

Speaking: April 29th 3-4pm EST
Leveling Up: How to improve your cyber game

Over the last decade, the cyber landscape has shifted. Cybersecurity is no longer an esoteric technical subject relegated to the server room or obscure on-line forums. The topic is now mainstream. Yet, business leaders still struggle to understand the issue, board members remain confused about how to conduct oversight, and CISOs regularly grapple with how to communicate the costs and benefits. At the same time, the problem steadily grows worse – more diverse, more frequent, and more disruptive. Supply chains are more complex, and the policy landscape is tougher to navigate as governments generate news laws, regulations, and policies. So how does a CISO deal with these issues effectively?

This talk will discuss strategies for tackling these challenges. First, we need to shift our mindset about cybersecurity. It is no longer purely a technical problem, but rather a complex blend of issues, including economics, business processes, and psychology. It is not a problem to be solved, but a long-term risk to be managed. Second, we need to change our definition of success and failure; the goal is not to keep the adversaries “out” but to prevent them from achieving their objectives. Third, we need to change the metrics we use to measure cybersecurity to ones that will enable defenders to focus their resources on the activities with the highest return. Finally, the cybersecurity community needs to engage in the policy process to enable privacy and cybersecurity to be mutually reinforcing.