Melanie Rieback

Cybersecurity

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Global Grand Challenges

As cyberattacks grow in number and sophistication, it is essential that data is protected. With today’s evolving threat landscape, cybercrime is growing parallel to technological progress, and incorporating exponential algorithmic and computational advances. Award winning Cybersecurity expert and social entrepreneur Melanie Rieback will explain what you need to know, and help you future-proof the security of your systems and infrastructure.

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As cyberattacks grow in number and sophistication, it is essential that data is protected. With today’s evolving threat landscape, cybercrime is growing parallel to technological progress, and incorporating exponential algorithmic and computational advances. Award winning Cybersecurity expert and social entrepreneur Melanie Rieback will explain what you need to know, and help you future-proof the security of your systems and infrastructure.

Demos and trainings Melanie gives include: Hacking, Phishing WiFi attacks, Password cracking, Open-Source Intelligence, Social Engineering and Security Awareness.

In the Information Age, new technologies and data-gathering power growth and change. Companies are addicted to exponential growth. But is this good for our planet and our society? In recent years social entrepreneurship claims to offer an alternative – but something still doesn’t feel right. As the founder of the world’s first not-for-profit computer security consultancy company, Melanie Rieback’s talk will combine her practical experience building “nonprofit businesses” with the macroeconomic theory of “post-growth” economists like Tim Jackson and Kate Raworth. These talks will question everything that you know about entrepreneurship, provide practical tools to build something different, and then offer you a blue pill and a red pill. Can you go back to “business as usual” again?

Biography

Dr. Melanie Rieback is the CEO/Co-founder of Radically Open Security, the world’s first non-profit computer security consultancy company. It’s a collective of hackers who aim to disrupt the computer security market with their ideals — give 90% of profits to charity (the NLnet Foundation), release all their tools into the open-source, invite customers to actively participate, and generally optimize for openness, transparency, and community service.

Melanie is also a former Assistant Professor of Computer Science at VU who performed RFID security research (RFID Virus and RFID Guardian), that attracted worldwide press coverage, and won several awards (VU Mediakomeet, ISOC Award, NWO I/O award, IEEE Percom Best Paper, USENIX Lisa Best Paper). Melanie worked as a Senior Engineering Manager on XenClient at Citrix, where she led their Vancouver office. She was also the head researcher in the CSIRT at ING Bank, where she spearheaded their Analysis Lab and the ING Core Threat Intelligence Project. For fun, she co-founded the Dutch Girl Geek Dinner in 2008.

Melanie was named 2010 ICT Professional of the Year (Finalist) by Women in IT, one of the 400 most successful women in the Netherlands by Viva Magazine (Viva400) in 2010 and 2017, one of the fifty most inspiring women in tech (Inspiring Fifty Netherlands) in 2016, 2017, and 2019.

She was also called the Most Innovative IT Leader by CIO Magazine NL (TIM Award) in 2017, and one of the 9 Most Innovative Women in the European Union (EU Women Innovators Prize) in 2019. Her company, Radically Open Security was named the 50th Most Innovative SME by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (MKB Innovatie Top 100) in 2016.

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