Tim Hwang is a writer and researcher focusing on the strategy and implications of online information operations. He is the former Director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative, a philanthropic project working to ensure that machine learning and autonomous technologies are researched, developed, and deployed in the public interest. Previously, he was at Google, where he was the company's global public policy lead on artificial intelligence, leading outreach to government and civil society on issues surrounding the social impact of the technology. In 2010, he was one of the first to demonstrate conclusively that swarms of bots might be used to manipulate discourse and group behavior on social media platforms. Dubbed “The Busiest Man on the Internet” by Forbes Magazine, his current research focuses on the geopolitical aspects of computational power and machine learning hardware, and regulatory frameworks around online disinformation and misinformation.
Managing the Future Disinformation Landscape
Online campaigns of disinformation and misinformation continue to evolve rapidly worldwide. Emerging from a relatively crude set of tactics in the early 2000s, these efforts have evolved to become ever more multifaceted, challenging to detect, and ambitious in their objectives. These trends are set to continue as a range of states and non-state actors continue to invest in and hone these techniques going forwards.
How can and should governments manage this quickly changing landscape? What challenges do democracies uniquely face in this strategic environment? What are the existing short term gaps, and what should the long-term strategy be?
George Kurtz is the CEO and co-founder of CrowdStrike, a leading provider of next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence, and services. Kurtz is an internationally recognized security expert, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. He has more than 26 years of experience in the security space, including extensive experience driving revenue growth and scaling organizations across the globe. His entrepreneurial background and ability to commercialize nascent technologies have enabled him to drive innovation to market throughout his career. His prior roles at McAfee, a $2.5 billion security company, include Worldwide Chief Technology Officer and GM as well as SVP of Enterprise.
Prior to joining McAfee, Kurtz started Foundstone in October 1999 as the founder and CEO responsible for recruiting the other founding team members. Foundstone, a worldwide security products and services company, had one of the leading incident response practices in the industry, and was acquired by McAfee in October of 2004. Kurtz has been quoted or featured in many major publications, media outlets, and television programs including CNN, Fox News, ABC World News, Bloomberg, CNBC, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Associated Press, Network World, and may others. He also authored the best-selling security book of all time, Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions.
Every Second Counts: Prioritizing Speed and Security in the Cloud Era
In sports, in business and in government, speed and responsiveness can dictate success or failure. It’s equally true in the fast-evolving field of cybersecurity, where stealthy breaches can develop in a matter of hours, inflicting devastating consequences. As CEO and co-founder of CrowdStrike (Nasdaq: CRWD) – one of the biggest stock market success stories of 2019 – George Kurtz is leading a revolutionary technological transformation in the way organizations worldwide protect themselves from cyberattacks. The cloud- and AI-based approach is being widely adopted by public and private sector entities, and though they often operate in different environments and at different scales, their defensive cyber practices can and should incorporate the same strategies: hunting continuously, utilizing cloud-enabled technologies, and prioritizing speed with the “1-10-60 Rule.” George will give insights on evolving threats and new best practices for protecting sensitive information from global criminal groups and nation-states, with clear examples of successful cybersecurity strategies that are enabling organizations to gain the upper hand against cyber adversaries.
Mr Lee is the Chairman of Ensign InfoSecurity, and was first appointed as a Board member of Quann World in August 2017. He is the Chairman of the Building and Construction Authority. He sits on the boards of DSO National Laboratories, SMRT Corporation Ltd and Great Eastern Holdings Limited. He is also the Corporate Advisor to Temasek International Advisors Pte. Ltd.
Mr Lee was appointed Deputy CEO of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd in December 2014, a role he held concurrently with President of Defence Business for the ST Engineering Group. He joined Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited in December 2000, and was the President of ST Electronics from 15 August 2009 to 31 December 2016. He has been with ST Engineering Group for 17 years until he retired on 30 June 2017.
Prior to joining ST Electronics, he served in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) as Director of Joint Intelligence Directorate from 1996 to 2000. Over the years while serving in MINDEF and the Singapore Armed Forces, he held various positions such as the Director of Military Security Department and Assistant Chief of General Staff (Logistics). During his career in the Singapore Armed Forces, he was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Military) for the Gold and Silver categories and the SAF Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (22 years). He held the rank of Brigadier-General when he retired from active military service.
Mr Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts (Engineering Science) from the University of Oxford (UK), and attended the Stanford University Executive Programme. He was conferred the Honorary Fellowship from the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO), in recognition of his contributions to the engineering profession and industry.
Meeting Singapore’s Immediate and Long Term Cybersecurity Needs
With the global cyber talent crunch and increasingly sophisticated cyber threat actors, defending the cyber space can be a very challenging task. We need to drastically raise the cyber capabilities in Singapore to the highest levels in the immediate term to meet the threat posed by nation-state actors and well-resourced organised crime groups. At the same time, we have to significantly develop local talents. To accomplish this, a global partnership of top-tier cyber partners offers end-to-end cybersecurity across technology domains and physical geographies, while enriching local talent.
Kevin has served as FireEye Chief Executive Officer since June 2016 and was appointed to the company’s Board of Directors in February 2016. He was previously President of FireEye from February 2015 until June 2016. Kevin joined FireEye as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2013, when FireEye acquired Mandiant, the company he founded in 2004. Before Mandiant, Kevin was the Director of Computer Forensics at Foundstone (acquired by McAfee Corporation) from 2000 to 2003, and the Director of Information Security for Sytex (later acquired by Lockheed Martin) from 1998 to 2000.
Lessons Learned in 2019 on the Front Lines
FireEye’s responders serve on the front lines of most of today’s major breaches and see first-hand changes in the threat landscape as they happen. Attackers are growing more sophisticated. Defenders and defensive technologies continually improve. Offensive capabilities are proliferating. Geopolitical dynamics and political alliances are shifting. Rules of engaging remain in flux. Kevin will share his key learnings from the front lines, detailing the attackers’ latest strategies, the most prolific sponsors of nation-state attacks, and outline recommendations for organizations and the wider cyber security community.
Conrad Prince served from 2008 – 2015 as the senior official (Director General/three star equivalent) responsible for the intelligence and cyber operations conducted by Britain’s signals intelligence and cyber security agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). In March 2015 Conrad was appointed the first UK Cyber Ambassador, a post he held until February 2018, when he left Government service.
As UK Cyber Ambassador he provided strategic advice to a range of partner governments on establishing national cyber security strategies and capability programmes. He additionally had a senior leadership role on the Government’s agenda to build a strong UK cyber security ecosystem including through helping to develop the UK cyber industry and taking steps to address the cyber skills gap.
On leaving Government service Conrad took up a range of advisory roles relating to cyber and security. He is a senior adviser to BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, as well as in the financial services and specialist insurance sectors. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the leading UK think tank the Royal United Services Institute, and their senior cyber adviser.
Conrad has an M Phil in International Relations and BA (Hons) in History from Cambridge University. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2015 Queen’s birthday honours. He is the Honorary Colonel of 7 Military Intelligence Battalion, British Army Reserves.
UK Cyber Security at the Crossroads
The UK is at a pivotal point in its cyber security journey. Half way through the implementation of its ground breaking second national cyber security strategy and £1.9 billion investment programme, it needs to start defining its approach to cyber security after 2021, when the current programme comes to a close.
There are some key lessons to be learned from UK progress so far, including around the place of active cyber defence measures, the role of the private sector in delivering cyber security at national level, the pros and cons of tougher cyber regulation, the complexities involved in significantly boosting national cyber capacity, and the best way of organising government to deliver effective cyber security. Alongside these issues is the question of cyber at an international level, in an age of globalised technology, complex supply chains and hostile nation states apparently undeterred in their willingness to use cyber to further their ends.
An assessment of the UK’s lessons, and the potential shape of its future approach on cyber, provides an opportunity to explore issues and opportunities relevant to all nations.
Jeff Reed is Senior Vice President of Product for Cisco's Security Business. In this role he oversees product management, customer success and technical marketing for the industry's leading security portfolio.
Previously Reed was SVP of Cisco's Enterprise Infrastructure and Solutions Group (EISG), encompassing a $16B networking product portfolio, where his focus was on delivering Cisco's Digital Network Architecture (DNA). Prior to that, Reed had responsibility for the company's SDN solutions and architectures for enterprise customers. Additionally he was General Manager for Cisco's largest switching business unit, the Unified Access Group.
Prior to joining Cisco, Reed held a number of senior positions in large-scale enterprise software businesses, covering storage product development, alliances, and business development. He also served as president and cofounder of an e-commerce start-up venture.
Reed holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering (with distinction) and a master's degree in business administration, both from Stanford University.
The Tectonic Shift in Security
Securing today's modern work environment is increasingly complicated. As technology shifted to lean into the digital business transformation, a new architecture built for a multicloud environment was required. Cisco will discuss the multi-domain architecture needed to securely connect every user, on every device, on every network, to every application.
Mr Ravinder Singh is the President of Electronics, ST Engineering. Since the appointment of the role in 2017, Ravinder has led the expansion of the business global network and partnerships, and the development of deep domain capabilities to shape connected, secure and sustainable cities. He also leads the Defence Business for the ST Group. Under his leadership, the Cybersecurity business has open its Cybersecurity Academy and has advanced its innovative products and solutions, and even won a CES Innovation Award 2019. With over 30 years of technology and defence experience, Ravinder lends cybersecurity insights from both a practitioner and advisor perspectives.
Are We Ready to be Secure?
There are indeed many security literature and information that documents theories, practices, related issues and dilemmas to best address the needs of the cyber world. Yet, past and recent cyber incidents clearly indicate otherwise. Have we ever considered responsible computing which goes beyond technical knowledge? What about responsible information, or cybersecurity? Gain insights on how all these necessitate an overhaul in mindset, attitudes and organisational culture for both end users and solution designers alike. For positive behavioural change to happen, more often than not, company management or the authorities will need to step in with hard measures.
John Suffolk is a Senior Vice President and the Global Cyber Security & Privacy Officer (GSPO) for Huawei. In this role, he oversees the enhancement and implementation of Huawei’s end-to-end global cyber security assurance system, which includes monitoring and improving all aspects of information security across the company’s global supply chain, in addition to the management of the Trusted Delivery Process. Mr. Suffolk is responsible for strengthening the company’s understanding of information security issues of governments and operators and ensuring the trusted delivery of telecommunications networks.
Mr. Suffolk has more than 30 years of experience in the information and communications technology industry. Prior to joining Huawei in 2011, Mr. Suffolk spent more than seven years in the UK Government, where he was Her Majesty’s Government CIO and CISO, leading the delivery of the Government’s strategy for the transformation of public services enabled by technology. Previously, he was Operations Director and Managing Director of Britannia Building Society, and Director of Customer Services at Birmingham Midshires.
He was named the most influential CIO in the UK in 2010 by Silicon.com and was ranked in the top five of the most influential people in technology behind Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
Mr. Suffolk received an MBA from The University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom
AI Security and Privacy Governance
Assessing Huawei's responsibilities and tasks in AI governance, hoping to inspire AI stakeholders to review their work from the perspective of responsibility and provide a systematic approach to thinking and governance. Outlining Huawei's plans to spend three years optimizing its governance framework and exploring more practices to drive and safeguard AI development.