Yigal Unna is the Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate.
In his previous position, he served as the head of the Sigint Cyber Division In the Israeli Security Agency ("Shin-Bet") directly under the Director general, including the national responsibility of Cyber defense and Critical Infrastructures security, intelligence collection, and operations.
Prior to that, Yigal served for three decades in the Israeli security apparatus in the fields of Sigint and Cyber. He holds a M.B.A (Tel-Aviv university) and a B.A in History and management (Tel Aviv University).
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel
Conference Chairman of Cyber Week; Director Blavatnik ICRC, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel graduated from Tel Aviv University with degrees in mathematics, physics and philosophy, earning his PhD in 1988. A retired major-general in the Israel Air Force, Prof. Ben-Israel has served as head of military R&D of the Israel Defense Forces and the Ministry of Defense. He is a recipient of the Israel Defense Award (twice) and the Israel Air Force Award, and was a member of Knesset from 2007 to 2009.
He is the Chairman of the Israeli Space Agency at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space and Head of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center and the Yuval Ne'eman workshop for Science, Technology and Security at Tel Aviv University.
In 2010 he was appointed by Israel PM to lead a task force that submitted to the Government a plan which made Israel a major player in Cyber Security.
In 2018 he was appointed again by the PM to lead the next revolution in Israel: Secured Artificial Intteligence.
General Manager of the Cyber Division, Israel Aerospace Industries
Esti Peshin is General Manager of the Cyber Division at the Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. At the beginning of 2017, under Ms. Peshin's management IAI's cyber activity was expended from a Directorate to a Division.
She serves also as the Director General (pro bono) of the Israeli Hi-Tech Caucus at the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament.
Prior to assuming these roles, Ms Peshin was the Managing Partner of ENP Solutions Ltd., a strategic management consulting firm; a Partner at Destino Ventures LLC, a private equity firm; and a Partner at Hope Ventures Ltd, a Distributor and Business Development house.
Previously, Ms. Peshin was the CEO of Waterfall Security Solutions, a provider of a foolproof physical security gateway for homeland security and missioncritical installations. Before joining Waterfall, she held an Account Director position in the Lawful Interception division of Verint Systems, Inc. She served 11 years in the Israeli Defense Forces, in an elite technology unit, where she was Deputy Director.
Ariel Porat is the Alain Poher Professor of Law, and the president of Tel Aviv University (2019-present). He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and the EMET Prize Laureate (2014). In 2002-2006, he was the Dean of Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law.
From 2003 until his appointment as the president of the university, he was also an Associate Member and Fischel-Neil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. In addition, he was a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Berkeley, Columbia, New York, Stanford, Toronto and Virginia.
He is a member of the American Law Institute, a former board member of the American Law and Economics Association and a former president of the Israeli Law and Economics Association. From 1997-2002, he was the Director of the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law.
He is the founder of the journal Theoretical Inquiries in Law and was its editor in chief in the years 1999-2003. He is the author of several books including Tort Liability under Uncertainty (Oxford University Press, 2001) (with Alex Stein), Getting Incentives Right (Princeton University Press, 2014) (with Robert Cooter) and Different Rules for Different People: Personalized Law in the Era of Big Data (Oxford University Press, 2021) (with Omri Ben-Shahar).
He also authored numerous articles mainly in torts and contracts, most recently "The Restoration Remedy in Private Law" 119 Columbia Law Review 1901 (2018) (with Omri Ben-Shahar); "Limited Inalienability Rules," 107 Georgetown Law Journal 701 (2019) (with Stephen Sugarman); "Personalizing Mandatory Rules in Contract Law" 86 University of Chicago Law Review 255 (2019) (with Omri Ben-Shahar); "Free Speech and Cheap Talk" 11 Journal of Legal Analysis 46 (2019) (with Daniel Hemel), “Disclosures Rules in Contract Law” 49 Journal of Legal Studies 103 (2020) (with O. Bar-Gill) and “Tort Liability and the Risk of Discriminatory Government” 87 University of Chicago Law Review 1 (2020) (with Ehud Guttel).
Dr. Nina A. Kollars
Associate Professor, Strategic and Operational Research Department, Cyber & Innovation Policy Institute (CIPI)
Dr. Nina Kollars is Associate Professor of the Strategic and Operational Research Department and a core faculty member in the Cyber & Innovation Policy Institute (CIPI). She holds a PhD in Political Science from The Ohio State University, a Masters in International Affairs from the Elliott School at George Washington University, and a Bachelors from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University. Kollars conducts research in cybersecurity, future warfare concepts, and military technological integration. Her dissertation work investigated the informal practices of transportation units in Vietnam as they developed the technology and tactics for what later became known as the gun truck. Her follow-on research builds on those insights as transportation units in Operation Iraqi Freedom began to develop their own organic defense capabilities utilizing the knowledge developed in the Vietnam era. Dr. Kollars’ current work examines the methods and networks through which white-hat hackers produce security at the national and global levels. Her forthcoming manuscript leverages more than four years of research in and around the U.S. hacking community. Her work within the community culminated in her own presentation at DefCon27 in 2019 with her talk “Confessions of a Nespresso Money Mule.” She has also presented at ShmooCon, SXSW, the National Security Council, and various international audiences to include CyCon, TEDx, and RUSI. Kollars is deeply skeptical about technological innovation mechanisms that do not include practitioners. Thus, Kollars approaches the study of technology from within the deep context of the practitioner. Whether it is cyber attack, defense, machine learning, or autonomous vehicles, Kollars seeks out the human factors that will ultimately help or hinder security effectiveness. Although classically trained in international relations theory, Kollars’ core theoretical contributions are derived directly from her mentor Dr. Eric Von Hippel’s work on open innovation at MIT’s Sloan School of Business. Dr. Kollars’ hallmark is that she approaches the traditional concepts of security and warfighting in non-traditional ways. Beyond her cyber presentations she has been invited to speak to a broad range of audiences to include: the Army Capabilities Integration Center, the Atlantic Council, and various military leadership conferences. She is a former fellow of the Modern War Institute at WestPoint Military Academy, a research analyst for the Congressional Cyber Solarium Commission, the former viceroy of the DC-based Cigars, Scotch, and Strategy, and acting director of the Gravely Advanced Research Projects Group within the Center for Naval Warfare Studies.
Wendy Nather leads the Advisory CISO team at Cisco. She was previously the Research Director at the Retail ISAC, and Research Director of the Information Security Practice at 451 Research. Wendy led IT security for the EMEA region of the investment banking division of Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS), and served as CISO of the Texas Education Agency. She was listed as one of SC Magazine's Women in IT Security "Power Players" in 2014, and an “Influencer” in the Reboot Leadership Awards in 2018. She serves on the advisory board for Sightline Security.
As Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Flavio Aggio is responsible for Information Security and Cybersecurity at the World Health Organization (WHO). Additionally, he represents WHO in key forums focused on Information Security and Cybersecurity. With more than 30 years of experience in specialized chemical manufacturing, semiconductor, consumer product, government, and international organization industries, Flavio brings tremendous technical leadership and operational expertise to WHO. Prior to joining WHO, Flavio was the Chief Technology Officer at the City and County of San Francisco, where he developed technology solutions to modernize and protect the city. Before that, he held technical leadership positions in Enterprise Architecture, Project Management, Telecommunications, and IT operations with Unisys, ASML, Dow Chemical, and Rohm & Haas. In 2014, Flavio enabled the interconnection of the San Francisco and San Jose WiFi networks. The two cities were using a new technology (Hotspot 2.0) allowing smartphones to automatically connect and roam between their two networks as well as provide a layer of security on what would not normally be available in wide-open public hotspots. Flavio holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Sao Paulo University in Brazil and an Executive MBA from Temple University in the USA.
Dr. Josephine Wolff
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Policy, Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Josephine Wolff is an assistant professor of cybersecurity policy at the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Her book "You'll See This Message When It Is Too Late: The Legal and Economic Aftermath of Cybersecurity Breaches" was published by MIT Press in 2018. Her writing on cybersecurity has also appeared in Slate, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Wired. Prior to joining Fletcher, she was an assistant professor of public policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a fellow at the New America Cybersecurity Initiative and Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
Since Fall '17, Juan A. Garay is a full professor at Texas A&M University's Computer Science & Engineering Department. Previously, after receiving his PhD in Computer Science from Penn State, he was a postdoc at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), and held research positions at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Bell Labs, AT&T Labs--Research, and Yahoo Research. His current research interests include both foundational and applied aspects of cryptography and information security. He is the author of over 170 published works (including articles, patents, and edited volumes) in the areas of cryptography, network security, distributed computing, and algorithms; has been involved in the design, analysis and implementation of a variety of secure systems; and is the recipient of a Thomas A. Edison Patent Award, two Bell Labs Teamwork Awards, an IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, and an IBM Research Division Award. Dr. Garay has served on the program committees of numerous conferences and international panels---including co-chairing Crypto 2013 and 2014, the discipline's premier conference. He is a Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR).
Udi Mokady is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of CyberArk (NASDAQ: CYBR). Based on his strategic vision and deep cybersecurity experience, Mokady has established CyberArk as the global leader in Identity Security. With a strategy centered on privileged access management, a market he helped create, Mokady continues to spur the delivery of innovative solutions that protect CyberArk customers against targeted attacks. Mokady received Brandeis University’s 2018 Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship, a 2017 SC Media Reboot Award as a cybersecurity influencer, and was named the New England Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology Security in 2014 by Ernst & Young.
Stefan Dziembowski is a professor at the University of Warsaw. He is interested in theoretical and applied cryptography. Dziembowski received an MSc degree in computer science in 1996 from the University of Warsaw, and a PhD degree in computer science in 2001 from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He was a post-doc at the ETH Zurich, CNR Pisa and the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, where he joined the faculty in 2008. In 2010 he moved to the University of Warsaw where he leads the Cryptography and Blockchain Lab. His papers appeared at leading computer science conferences (FOCS, STOC, CRYPTO, EUROCRYPT, ASIACRYPT, IEEE S&P, ACM CCS, TCC, CT-RSA, and LICS), and journals (Journal of Cryptology and IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Journal of the ACM, Communications of the ACM). He also served as a PC member of several international conferences, including CRYPTO, EUROCRYPT, ASIACRYPT, Theory of Cryptography Conference (TCC), and the International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming (ICALP). He served as the general chair of the Twelfth Theory of Cryptography Conference (TCC'15), and as a PC co-chair of TCC'18. He will serve as a PC co-hair of Eurocrypt 2022. He was also a keynote speaker at the Conference on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES) 2020.
He is a co-author of two papers that won the Best Paper Awards (at Eurocrypt 2014 and at IEEE S&P 2014). He is a recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant, ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant, an FNP Welcome grant, an FNP Team grant, two NCN "Opus" grants, and a Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship (2006-2007). He is also a winner of the Polish-German "Copernicus" Award (in 2020, together with prof. Sebastian Faust) and the Kazimierz Bartel award (in 2016). He will serve as a member of the Council of the Polish National Science Centre in the 2021-24 term .
Prof. Peter Swire
Elizabeth & Tommy Holder Chair of Law and Ethics, Scheller College of Business Georgia Institute of Technology; Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird, LLP
Prof. Eviatar Matania
First and Former Director General, Israel National Cyber Directorate; Co-Head of Israel's AI Initiative; Head of Security Studies Program, School of Political Sciences Government and International Affairs, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Eviatar Matania is a graduate of the elite military-academic program Talpiot. He held professional and leadership roles in Israel’s defense community across the fields of R&D, technological project management, intelligence analysis, and operations research. Prof. Matania then worked in the hi-tech industry as a venture capital investment lead, as an entrepreneur and as an executive. Subsequently, he returned to the Ministry of Defense to lead the elite training programs for human capital in science and technology. In parallel, he was a lecturer in the Executive MBA program of the Hebrew University, and a fellow at the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security of Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Matania holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics (Hebrew University), a M.Sc. in Mathematics with an expertise in Game Theory (Tel Aviv University), and a Ph.D. in Judgment and Decision Making (Hebrew University).
In late 2011 Prof. Matania was appointed to establish and head the Israel National Cyber Bureau, operating directly under the Prime Minister. In 2015 he was appointed as Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD), responsible for Israel’s overall cyber policy and its implementation, as well as for the defense of Israel’s civilian cyberspace. On 31 December 2017 he completed his six-year term.
Prof. Matania has been a thought leader in cyber strategy and policy, participating in the foremost international fora, and engaged by top government officials and leading global companies.
Sven Martinsson is a Swedish-Brazilian executive with a history of working in the information technology and services industry for the past 10 years. Skilled in Sales, Blockchain, International Relations, Management, Business Development and compliance. Sven Martinsson Co-founded the company VALEGA Chain Analytics which runs its business by monitoring, analyzing and filtering out illegal and suspicious activities in financial Blockchain transactions to support Anti-Money Laundering processes and to help Counter Financing of Terrorism in a lean and simple way. It also caters to the centralized banking systems by offering enhanced due diligence as well as risk assessment of potential virtual asset holders, and ever growing community in traditional banking. VALEGA has been developing its services for just over two years and have been pictured in the media several times working on investigations relating to the Twitter Hack in June 2020 as well as the most recent ransomware attack, in the Finnish mental healthcare system, in October of 2020. It is considered the biggest data breach in Nordic history to date.
Ambassador Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar
Ambassador-at Large for Cyber Diplomacy at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar is Ambassador at Large for Cyber Diplomacy at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Up to Fall 2018, she was as a Head of Cyber Policy Coordination at the European External Action Service where she steered and coordinated EU external relations on cyber issues since 2012. She has been working on cyber security since 2007 when she led the development of the Estonian Cyber Security Strategy. In 2008-2010 she coordinated the implementation of the Estonian strategy, managed the National Cyber Security Council and led the development of Estonia’s National Cyber System as well as public-private partnerships for cyber security.
In 2011, she was assigned to the NATO International Staff to develop the new NATO Cyber Defence Policy. In her earlier career, she has held various managerial positions at the Estonian Ministry of Defence and the Tallinn University. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the George Washington University and has published in several academic journals throughout her career.