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Two Years of Cyber Civil Defense

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May 29, 2024

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
1pm-2pm ET


With cyberattacks on the rise, it’s more important than ever for each of us to protect ourselves and educate our communities about cybersecurity threats. Two years after Craig Newmark’s launch of the Cyber Civil Defense (CCD) initiative, a coalition of nonprofits and civil society groups working to safeguard our digital future, the challenges and opportunities within the cybersecurity landscape continue to evolve. Join craig newmark philanthropies and Aspen Digital on May 29 to commemorate the second anniversary of CCD, hear about progress made this year, and discuss the future of cybersecurity.

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Read about Stacey Higginbotham

Stacey Higginbotham has been writing about technology for 20 years in major publications such as Fortune, PCMag, IEEE Spectrum and MIT Technology Review. In 2015, Stacey founded “The Internet of Things Podcast” and a weekly IoT newsletter where she explained the latest IoT news, and tested the latest in consumer IoT devices. She has recently started her own consulting practice, and is working with Consumer Reports on public policy work around security for connected devices.

Francesca Bosco
Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer, CyberPeace Institute

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Francesca has an International Law and Human Rights background and 15+ years’ experience in working for international organizations (United Nations and World Economic Forum) on action-oriented research, capacity building and technical assistance in international justice, crime, peace and security. She has developed her expertise on countering and preventing cybercrime (from hackers profiling to protection of critical infrastructure), crime-tech convergence and misuse of technology, focusing on opportunities, systemic risks and threats created by new technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence, robotics, immersive technologies). She has a long standing expertise on leading programs to foster cybersecurity and increase cyber resilience, including cyber capacity building, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. More recently she has been working on securing digital transformation of contextually vulnerable organizations, in developing countries and in fragile contexts, to foster the achievement of the SDGs. At the Institute, she is leading the strategic engagement in programs and initiatives leveraging multistakeholder cooperation with civil society, academia, corporates, philanthropy and public institutions, to reduce the harms from cyberattack and to promote sustainable cyberpeace.

Ann Cleaveland
Executive Director, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

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Ann Cleaveland has been guiding UC Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity since 2018, helping fulfill its mission of anticipating and addressing tomorrow’s cybersecurity challenges in order to amplify the upside of the digital revolution. Her expertise in non-profit management, philanthropy, and industry informs CLTC’s success as a research and collaboration hub that helps decision-makers act with foresight, and expand who has access to and participates in cybersecurity.

Ann was previously the Senior Director of Strategic Planning at the ClimateWorks Foundation and architect of its learning and evaluation systems, focused on advancing a more strategic, effective, and science-based response to global climate change. She is fluent in Spanish and received her BA from Rice University and her MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School.

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Tod Eberle
Alliance Director, The Shadowserver Foundation

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Tod Eberle is the Alliance Director at The Shadowserver Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make the Internet more secure by bringing to light vulnerabilities, malicious activity and emerging threats. As the world’s largest provider of free cyber threat intelligence, Shadowserver serves 8,000 network owners and National CERTs/CSIRTs in 175 countries. Before joining Shadowserver in January 2023, Tod served as a federal prosecutor for 19 years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He specialized in cybercrime activities committed by transnational organized crime groups and nation-state threat actors. Tod was the 2019 recipient of the United States Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security. He also received the 2019 JD Falk Award presented by the Messaging, Malware, and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) for his forward-thinking approach to investigating and prosecuting the GozNym Malware Criminal

Phil Reitinger
President and CEO, Global Cyber Alliance

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Philip R. Reitinger has served as the President and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) since December 2015. GCA is an international nonprofit organization focused on delivering a secure and trustworthy internet for everyone, build communities to deploy tools, services, and programs that provide cybersecurity at global scale. Unlike many non-profits, GCA does not focus on reports but builds practical, measurable solutions and tools that are easy to use.

In 2009, Mr. Reitinger was appointed to serve as the Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate and the Director of the National Cyber Security Center in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In these roles, he led the Department’s efforts to reduce risks across physical and cyber infrastructures and coordinated public and private sector responses to cyber security incidents. Earlier in his government career, Mr. Reitinger was the first Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Cyber Crime Center, which provides electronic forensic services and supports cyber investigative functions. He also served as Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was one of the first dedicated cybercrime prosecutors in the Criminal Division.

In the private sector, Mr. Reitinger was Sony’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer from September 2011 to September 2014. Mr. Reitinger was also the Chief Trustworthy Infrastructure Strategist at Microsoft Corporation.

Mr. Reitinger has served on a number of advisory boards, including the New York Governor’s Cyber Security Advisory Board, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security Advisory Committee, and the advisory boards of several companies. He volunteers as well, having been a Stars Mentor for the MACH37 Cyber Accelerator and a member of the Falls Church City School Board.

Mr. Reitinger was awarded the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Distinguished Service Medal in June 2011, and the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award in July 1999. Mr. Reitinger holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

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Nicole Tisdale
Senior Advisor for Cyber Workforce and Education, Aspen Digital

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For more than a dozen years, Nicole Tisdale has served as a national security expert at The White House – National Security Council and the U.S. Congress’s House Committee on Homeland Security. Recently, she led The White House’s cybersecurity advocacy efforts before Congress. She is an expert on issues of cybersecurity, intelligence, foreign malign influence campaigns, disinformation, and election security. Nicole wrote and published a book, Right To Petition, to help others exercise their First Amendment right to advocate. Originally from Nettleton, MS, Nicole is a barred attorney and graduate of The University of Mississippi (BA, 2006; JD, 2009).

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Read about Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer and philanthropist, best known for creating the online classified ads service craigslist. Craig’s full-time philanthropic work focuses on organizations on the frontlines of protecting America’s security and democracy. He has given more than $300 million in support of veterans and military families, trustworthy journalism and civic engagement campaigns, cyber security education programs, hunger relief, and pigeon rescue. Craig was influenced by his Sunday School teachers who escaped the Holocaust, set his moral compass, and taught him to treat people like you want to be treated – and how to know when enough is enough. He stepped away from the day-to-running of craigslist almost two decades ago, but he still occasionally volunteers as a customer service representative.