Betsy Cooper

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Expert on the Intersection of Security and Technology; Analyst of High Tech Threats and Organizations’ Preparedness; Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group; Director, Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity and Technology Program

Biography

Cybersecurity isn’t limited to hackers and data security. It’s about all the intersections where humans and technologies connect, and the core concerns that arise from those exchanges. Whether one is managing a global supply chain or sustaining an e-commerce business, a secure network is the digital foundation of growth and survival. Dr. Betsy Cooper has spent her career studying, analyzing and deciphering security threats, and how the latest technology can be applied to combat looming dangers.

An expert interpreter of complex ideas surrounding cybersecurity, national security and technology, Cooper, a Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group and a policy director at the Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity and Technology program, shows leaders how to assess risks for their businesses and anticipate the future. In a world where threats come hard, fast and unexpectedly, Cooper offers the benefits of foresight, prioritization and proactive strategy.

Technology is constantly shifting, changing and advancing at lighting speed, introducing new security threats that can overwhelm unprepared organizations. These range from cyberattacks through email to the spread of false information via the internet, which can inflict massive financial and reputational damage. Security has always been driven by cutting-edge technologies, says Cooper, but with the growing voluntary dependence of nearly everyone on the internet, the two are even more inextricably linked. As her presentations reveal, organizations and individuals can’t just think about their security strategy in light of existing technology. They must also strategically explore the threats and opportunities of emerging technologies – such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and biometric sensors – before they come to fruition.

As a graduate of Yale Law School and with a doctorate in politics from Oxford University, Cooper also brings to the conversation a unique perspective on the legal aspects of security policies. Her ability to translate the language of the law into the language of government and business, and vice versa, makes her an indispensable voice on the regulatory issues relating to cybersecurity and emerging technologies.

Dr. Betsy Cooper is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, and conference talks, and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Books & Research

The Cybersecurity of Olympic Sports : New Opportunities, New Risks

(Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, 2017)

Cyber Workforce Incubator

(Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, 2017)

Cybersecurity Futures 2020

(Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, 2016)

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Cooper, Betsy

Biography

Cybersecurity isn’t limited to hackers and data security. It’s about all the intersections where humans and technologies connect, and the core concerns that arise from those exchanges. Whether one is managing a global supply chain or sustaining an e-commerce business, a secure network is the digital foundation of growth and survival. Dr. Betsy Cooper has spent her career studying, analyzing and deciphering security threats, and how the latest technology can be applied to combat looming dangers.

An expert interpreter of complex ideas surrounding cybersecurity, national security and technology, Cooper, a Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group and a policy director at the Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity and Technology program, shows leaders how to assess risks for their businesses and anticipate the future. In a world where threats come hard, fast and unexpectedly, Cooper offers the benefits of foresight, prioritization and proactive strategy.

Technology is constantly shifting, changing and advancing at lighting speed, introducing new security threats that can overwhelm unprepared organizations. These range from cyberattacks through email to the spread of false information via the internet, which can inflict massive financial and reputational damage. Security has always been driven by cutting-edge technologies, says Cooper, but with the growing voluntary dependence of nearly everyone on the internet, the two are even more inextricably linked. As her presentations reveal, organizations and individuals can’t just think about their security strategy in light of existing technology. They must also strategically explore the threats and opportunities of emerging technologies – such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and biometric sensors – before they come to fruition.

As a graduate of Yale Law School and with a doctorate in politics from Oxford University, Cooper also brings to the conversation a unique perspective on the legal aspects of security policies. Her ability to translate the language of the law into the language of government and business, and vice versa, makes her an indispensable voice on the regulatory issues relating to cybersecurity and emerging technologies.

Dr. Betsy Cooper is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, and conference talks, and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

Why Cybersecurity Matters: How to Stop High Tech Havoc

While the evening news is filled with stories of hacks bringing companies and entire cities to a halt, the average company employee remains unconvinced such issues relate to their job. To them, “cybersecurity” means boring, mandatory training courses and endlessly changing their computer passwords. But such attitudes can be deadly to major corporations, especially if cyberattacks target them privately, stealing or altering vital data without it being noticed. In a world run on digital data, the opportunities for malicious groups and individuals to wreak havoc increase daily. The only genuine protection is an alert and informed workforce, and senior management armed with strategic plans for possible attacks.

In this presentation, Betsy Cooper draws on her experience working with the U.S. government, as well as independent research, to bring to life how cyberattacks can affect a business’ bottom line. Using relatable and engaging examples and analogies from the sporting world – e.g., the Olympic Games and the Super Bowl – Cooper explores the risks organizations face to their physical facilities, business outcomes and brand reputation. She also highlights how both senior leadership and vigilant employees can reduce those risks through simple, easy-to-operationalize steps. The next time mandatory cybersecurity training comes around, Cooper will ensure your entire organization is paying careful attention.

How Companies Can Help the Helpless on the Internet

The internet was supposed to be the great leveler – taking power away from governments and established interests and giving voice to the people. But in recent years, the online space has been overrun by voices of oppression that victimize vulnerable populations, from human rights activists to refugees. Socially responsible companies, argues Betsy Cooper, can and should take the lead in providing resources to persecuted groups, as it is ultimately in their best interest to position themselves as helpers of the helpless. In this presentation, Cooper demonstrates how companies can do this in a way that benefits their bottom lines, fills in the gaps left by governments either unwilling to regulate the internet or complicit in the victimizing, and bolsters brand identity and profitability as a result.

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Where Should Cutting-Edge Companies Make Their Cybersecurity Investments?

The bewildering pace of technological change and the evolution of cyber threats may force companies into making hasty decisions about investing in security-related technology. But businesses should weigh the options with a critical eye and tailor their decision-making to long-term goals. Cybersecurity expert Betsy Cooper delivers interactive workshops for companies considering investments in security programs or other kinds of technology, or wishing to plan out in advance how they would respond in the event of a breach. Using planning methodologies to anticipate how threats and protective technologies will develop in coming years, and building out life-like fictional situations to enable your employees to game out their response to an attack, Cooper can help your organization make well-informed choices that will ensure security for years to come.

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