Debating Cyber Security in Silicon Valley: MSC and Deutsche Telekom host 4th Cyber Security Summit

Recent cyberattacks on the US Democrats, the global payment network SWIFT or the power grid in Ukraine clearly illustrate: The debate on cybersecurity has never been more important. This is why, on 19 and 20 September, the Munich Security Conference and Deutsche Telekom will assemble senior experts at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, for the 4th Cyber Security Summit, hosted by the Center for International Security and Cooperation at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, conference venue of the 4th CSS (Photo: Stanford News Service/Cicero).

Are our societies prepared for large-scale cyberattacks on critical infrastructures? How can countries establish joint norms and rules for cyber space? Which steps are necessary in order to stop the digital advance of the 'Islamic State' and other terrorist groups? In how far should data privacy be compromised for effective intelligence work? Around 140 senior representatives from science, politics, business and the military will debate these and other questions at the 4th Cyber Security Summit under the chairmanship of Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger.


Among the participants are representatives from US and EU authorities, the cyber security coordinators of several European states, numerous business leaders, as well as security experts from various Silicon Valley companies.

These include:

•    Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, US Department of State

•    Iddo Moed, Cyber Security Coordinator, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

•    Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder and CTO, CrowdStrike

•    Michael McFaul, Director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University; Former US Ambassador to Russia

•    Latha Reddy, Member of the Global Commission for Internet Governance; Former Deputy National Security Advisor of India

•    Michael Chertoff,  Former US Secretary of Homeland Security; Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Chertoff Group

•    Uri Rosenthal, Special Envoy for Cyber Security, the Netherlands; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

•    Sorin Ducaru, Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

•    Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director, European Union Agency for Network and Information Security

•    Thomas Kremer, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Data Privacy, Legal Affairs, and Compliance, Deutsche Telekom AG

•    Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President of the Trustworthy Computing Group, Microsoft

•    Gerhard Eschelbeck, Vice President Security and Privacy Engineering, Google

•    Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer, Facebook.


About the MSC
Since its foundation five decades ago, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become the major global forum for dialogue on foreign and security policy. In addition to its annual flagship conference, the MSC regularly convenes high-profile events on particular topics and regions and publishes the Munich Security Report. For its cyber security activities, the MSC is partnering with the EastWest Institute, Deutsche Telekom, Google, and Microsoft to offer the best possible platforms for an open exchange of ideas and opinions.

About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines and around 18 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2015). The Group provides fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet and Internet-based TV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for businesses and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom has a presence in more than 50 countries and employs about 225,200 people worldwide. The Group generated revenues of 69.2 billion euros in the 2015 financial year – roughly 64 percent of it outside Germany.

17 September 2016, by MSC / DTAG