Advisory Board

The Council is supported by an Advisory Board of distinguished cybersecurity professionals and policy practitioners, who contribute their advice, assistance and expertise to the purpose and work of the Council. Advisory Board members are drawn globally from industry, academia, and the policy community, and represent both diversity and depth in their perspectives on cybersecurity best practice across industries, domains and practice areas.

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Vinton Cerf

Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Vinton Cerf, widely recognized as one of the “Fathers of the Internet” for his work on the design of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet, has served as Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google since October 2005. He was chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007. He is currently also President of the Association for Computing Machinery. Mr. Cerf is also the former Senior Vice President of Technology Strategy and Architecture and Technology for MCI. While working with MCI, Mr. Cerf led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet. He currently serves on several boards and has received numerous awards for his continuously pioneering work including the U.S. National Medal of Technology, the ACM Alan M. Turing award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Japan Prize and the Queen Elizabeth II Prize for Engineering. He was recently promoted to Officer of the French Legion d’Honneur.

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Marry Ann Davidson

Chief Security Officer, Oracle

Mary Ann Davidson is the Chief Security Officer at Oracle Corporation, responsible for Oracle Software Security Assurance. She represents Oracle on the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC), and serves on the international board of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). She has been named one of Information Security's top five "Women of Vision," is a Federal 100 award recipient from Federal Computer Week, and was recently named to the ISSA Hall of Fame. She has served on the Defense Science Board and as a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency. She has testified on cybersecurity to the U.S. House of Representatives (Energy and Commerce Committee; Armed Services Committee; and Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology) and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology.

Ms. Davidson has a BSME from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, during which she was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal.

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Toomas Ilves

President, Republic of Estonia

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is an Estonian politician with a passion for information and communications technology. He acquired his education in the United States. In 1984, Mr. Ilves moved to Europe, to work at the office of Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany. Between 1993 and 1996, he served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the United States. During that time he helped found the Tiger Leap initiative to computerize and connect all Estonian schools online. From 1996 to 2002, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Since 2002, Mr. Ilves has served as Member of the Estonian Parliament, since 2004 as Member of the European Parliament, and, since 2006, as President of the Republic of Estonia. Since assuming office, Mr. Ilves has been a frequent international speaker and influential thinker on cyber issues; he has been appointed to serve in several high positions in the field of ICT in the European Union. He served as Chairman of the EU Task Force on eHealth from 2011 to 2012, and in November 2012, at the invitation of the European Commission, he became Chairman of the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board.

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Eugene Kaspersky

CEO, Kaspersky Lab

Eugene Kaspersky has over two decades of experience in fighting malware. Mr. Kaspersky, with several colleagues, established Kaspersky Lab in 1997. Since then, he has headed the company's antivirus research, and was named CEO of Kaspersky Lab in 2007. Mr. Kaspersky has received a large number of national and international awards for his long record of technological, scientific, and business achievements. He is also a frequent speaker and panelist at information assurance conferences worldwide.

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Bob Lord

Manager, Network Securityand Infrastructure, Twitter

Bob Lord is the Director of Information Security at Twitter. As Twitter’s first security hire, he established Twitter’s efforts in compliance, application security, product security, and information security. He also established Twitter’s White Hat program.

Mr. Lord has held a number of security and software engineering management positions over the past 20 years at companies such as Andersen Consulting, Netscape, AOL, Sun (iPlanet/AOL alliance), and Red Hat. He oversaw corporate security for Netscape and led their cryptography teams. He assisted in the development of iPlanet servers and the AOL Communicator product. Mr. Lord has worked with teams of cryptography experts to enhance the security of such projects as FireFox Web Browser, Mozilla Thunderbird Open Source Platform, and the Red Hat Linux Operating System. He was the Engineering Director responsible for the Certificate System, a PKI server used in a number of sensitive environments. He holds three patents for smart cards, and secure instant messaging systems. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Lord co-hosted a podcast/blog called Security Hype, in which he shared his experience and knowledge with other technically-minded security professionals. Mr. Lord received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

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Mike McConnell

Vice Chairman, Booz Allen Hamilton

Mike McConnell is Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, where his primary roles include serving on the firm’s Leadership Team and leading Booz Allen’s rapidly expanding cyber business.

Mr. McConnell joined Booz Allen after retiring from the Navy in 1996 as a Vice Admiral. In 2007 he left the firm to serve as the Director of National Intelligence, and returned in 2009 to lead the firm’s Intelligence business.

Mr. McConnell holds an M.P.A. degree from George Washington University, is a graduate of the National Defense University, the National Defense Intelligence College, and holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Furman University.

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Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones

Prime Minister's Special Representative to Business on Cyber Security

Pauline Neville-Jones is the Prime Minister’s special representative to UK business on cyber security, a role David Cameron asked her to take on when she stepped down from the post of Minster of State in the Home Office for Security and Counterterrorism in May 2011. In that role she was also a member of the National Security Council.

Pauline has been a Conservative Peer since October 2007. At the time of entering the House of Lords she was National Security Adviser to the leader of the Opposition and author of the Conservative party’s national security policy which became the basis for subsequent Coalition national security strategy.

Pauline has experience in both the public and private sectors. She was a career member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1963 to 1996 where she served, among other places, in Washington DC and Bonn. She also had appointments as Chef de Cabinet to the Budget Commissioner in the European Commission; as head of the FCO Policy Planning Staff; as Head of the defence and Overseas Secretariat in the Cabinet Office; as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet. In her last post as Political Director in the FCO she led the British Delegation to the Bosnia Peace talks in Dayton Ohio.

On leaving the Diplomatic Service in 1996, Pauline spent ten years in the private sector. She was a Managing Director in NatWest Markets for business development until the sale of the bank in 1998 when she joined the corporate advisory house Hawkpoint Partners to help develop its continental European business. In 2001 she became a member of the Board and subsequently Chairman, until flotation in 2006, of the defence and security technology group, QinetiQ. She was the founding chairman of the Information Assurance Advisory Council, which focuses on cyber related issues, from 2002 to 2005.

Pauline was the International Governor of the BBC from 1998 to 2004 and chairman of the BBC Audit Committee. She is a graduate of Oxford University and did post graduate work in the United States. She is a Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George; a Freeman of the City of London, a Doctor of the Open, City and London Universities and a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur.

Pauline Neville-Jones’ career has had three broad phases: in the FCO from 1963 to 1996; in the private sector (1996 to 2006) and again in government at the political level, from 2005 to the present. In all of these, her strengths have lain in giving and acting on strategic advice; negotiating outcomes to complex problems, ensuring delivery and giving leadership in pioneering contexts.

Thus, as Chef de Cabinet (chief adviser) to the then Budget and Financial Affairs Commissioner in Brussels, Christopher Tugendhat, she had to lead in finding a way to reduce, against deep opposition and technical complexity, the excessive UK budget contribution to the European Community budget. In Bonn, she led for the UK in aspects of the “2 plus 4” Unification negotiations, including getting agreement - against expectations - on an internal German air services agreement to the benefit of British Airways. Leading for the UK in the Bosnia peace negotiations involved cutting through the divergences and deep distrust between the main protagonists to get agreement and then organising, on a tight deadline, a large conference in London to begin implementation.

As Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Pauline ensured the delivery to Cabinet Ministers of timely and soundly assessed intelligence and, as head of the Defence and Overseas secretariat in the Cabinet Office, advised the then Prime Minister, John Major, more generally on defence and foreign affairs.

It was practical experience of conflict resolution combined with in depth understanding of a wide span of defence and foreign policy issues and a strong strategic sense which fitted Pauline to undertake the work on national security at David Cameron’s invitation in 2005. Out of this emerged the reformulation of the Coalition’s approach to security issues, the decision to set up a National Security Council as a central decision making body and the identification of cyber security as a top tier risk to UK public and private sectors. As Security Minister, in addition to her responsibilities for ensuring successful counterterrorism policy, she pioneered the early development of cyber security policy and, since leaving office, has continued to push forward implementation, speaking extensively in public.

Pauline’s senior executive role in NatWest Markets at Board level and her chairmanship of Qinetiq, taking the company successfully to flotation with Carlyle as equity investor, which involved mediating difficult issues with the MoD owner, have given her practical experience and understanding of the pressures of the Boardroom which public sector inhabitants often find hard to grasp or to sympathise with. Chairing audit in the BBC required upgrading numerous internal processes to get greater transparency over the movement of cash and information on costs and compliance.

In her spare time, Pauline has taken a strong interest in education, sitting on the Councils of City and Oxford Universities and on the Advisory Board of her Oxford College. She is Patron of Cyber Security Challenge which, with corporate sponsorship, organises competitions for schools and students, designed to plug the appalling gap in the UK skills base in ICT subjects.

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Troels Oerting

Assistant Director, Europol

Assistant Director Troels Oerting has more than 30 years’ experience in Law Enforcement and the last 15 years in senior management positions in the Danish National Police as well as International Law Enforcement organizations. Mr. Oerting started his career in the Danish Police in 1980 and went through the ranks taking up positions as Director of Danish NCIS, Director of National Crime Squad, Director of the Danish Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) and Director of operations in the Danish Security Intelligence Service. In 2007 he was appointed Assistant Director in Europol's IMT Department, later took up the position as Assistant Director in Europol's Operational Department and lately he was appointed as the first Head of the newly established European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) located in the Europol. EC3 has a vast area of responsibility and should coordinate the 28 EU member states operational and strategic response to the increasing crime in cyberspace, protect EU critical infrastructure and assist in capacity building, awareness, Research and Development, Outreach to private/public partners and develop a state of the art forensic capability. Assistant Director Oerting is also presently acting Head of Europol's Counter Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Centre.

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Nicole Seligman

Executive Vice President & General Counsel Sony Corporation President, Sony Corporation of America

Nicole Seligman is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Sony Corporation. She also serves as President of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), where she oversees the legal, finance, human resources, investor relations and communications departments, while also working closely with the corporate functions of Sony's entertainment businesses. Also reporting to Ms. Seligman is Sony’s Chief Information Security Officer, who is responsible for assuring the security of Sony’s information assets and services.

Ms. Seligman joined Sony from Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., where she was a partner in the firm's litigation practice. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Ms. Seligman also worked as an associate editorial page editor for the Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong.

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