Women Leaders in Cybersecurity: At the Intersection of Technology, Privacy, and Security


October 16, 2018


Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square, South
New York, NY 10012

Full video playlist of the day’s events. 

Videos of each panel are also embedded below. 

Don’t miss our annual Women Leaders in Cybersecurity Conference, October 16, 2018, from 9am to 4pm, brought to you by the NYU Center for Cybersecurity.

This year’s conference, At the Intersection of Technology, Privacy, and Security, will bring together leading women in cybersecurity to address some of the most pressing issues in cybersecurity today.  Featured topics include data privacy and security, cyber defense, government relations, and the impact of synthetic media on human rights and democracy. Joining us will be speakers from firms including Jigsaw (formerly Google Ideas), Microsoft, Uber, Wickr, American Express, ADP, 21st Century Fox, Cisco, Endgame, Palantir and elsewhere, along with high-level former and current government officials and academics.

Our previous two conferences were oversubscribed, so please reserve your seat now for this day-long gathering of leading women from across disciplines of cybersecurity—including law, academia, tech, and business—to join an interdisciplinary dialogue on critical cybersecurity issues, and elevate voices of women who are leading the field.

Featured speakers include:
  • Sylvia Acevedo, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Yasmin Green, Director of Research and Development, Jigsaw, Alphabet (formerly Google Ideas)
  • Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, US Department of Homeland Security
  • Angela McKay, Senior Director, Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy, Microsoft
  • And speakers from Palantir, Uber, American Express, Wickr, 21st Century Fox, and more.


We would like to thank the Family Comfort Innovation Fund for their generous donation.

We hope you can join us for our wine and cheese reception from 3:30 – 4:00 pm. 


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Full Agenda

8:30-9:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:10 a.m.
Opening Remarks: Women Leaders in Cybersecurity, @ the Intersection of Privacy, Technology & Security

Judi Germano, Professor and Distinguished Fellow, NYU Center for Cybersecurity; Adjunct Professor, NYU School of Law; founder, Germano Law LLC; Chair, NYU’s Women Leaders in Cybersecurity, and Cybersecurity Leaders Roundtable, Series

9:10 a.m.-10:25 a.m.
Cybersecurity: Strategic Defenses and Proactive Measures

Moderated by:
Micaela McMurrough,
Partner, Covington; former U.S. Army Intelligence Officer (Bronze Star)

Edna Conway,
Chief Security Officer, Global Value Chain, Cisco

Sophia D’Antoine,
Principal Security Engineer, Trail of Bits, and NYU Tandon “Hacker in Residence”

Melody Hildebrandt,
Chief Information Security Officer, 21st Century Fox

Andrea Limbago,
Chief Social Scientist, Endgame

10:25-10:35 a.m.
Networking Break

10:35 a.m.-11:50 a.m
The Clash and Complement of Privacy & Cybersecurity

Moderated by:
Harriet Pearson,
Partner, Hogan Lovells; former Vice President, Security Counsel, and Chief Privacy Officer, IBM

Melanie Ensign,
Security and Privacy Communications Lead, Uber

Cecile Georges,
Global Chief Privacy Officer, ADP

Paula Kift,
Civil Liberties Engineer, Palantir

Samm Sacks,
Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies

11:50 a.m.-11:55 a.m.
Remarks: NYU on Cybersecurity, Addressing Today’s Issues While Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Nasir Memon, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering; Co-Founder, NYU Center for Cybersecurity

11:55-12:25 p.m.
Keynote Address: Jeanette Manfra, National Protection and Programs Directorate Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

12:25-1:30 p.m.
Networking Luncheon and Keynote Address 

Introduction by NYU Law students: Claire Groden, Cyber Scholar Laura Sorice, Cybersecurity Service Scholar Olivia Zhu

2018 Cybersecurity Women Leader’s Award Presentation and Remarks:
Sylvia Acevedo, CEO, Girl Scouts
Sylvia Acevedo is an author, entrepreneur, engineer, rocket scientist, former Fortune 100 executive, and was one of the first Hispanics (female or male) to have earned a graduate engineering degree at Stanford University. Beginning in September 2018, the Girl Scouts of America began offering education opportunities for millions of U.S. girls in grades K-12 to earn cybersecurity badges.

1:30-2:45 p.m.
Cybersecurity and Government Relations 

Moderated by:
Lisa Monaco
Distinguished Senior Fellow, NYU Center for Cybersecurity; former Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to President Barack Obama

Jennifer DeTrani
General Counsel & Associate-Founder, Wickr

Beth George
Of Counsel, Wilson Sonsini; Former Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Dept. of Defense

Angela McKay
Senior Director, Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy, Microsoft

Phyllis Schneck
Managing Director, Promontory Group; former Deputy Undersecretary for Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

2:45-2:55 p.m.
Networking Break

2:55-3:30 p.m.
Fireside Chat:  Human Rights, Emerging Norms and Social Responsibility @ the Intersection of Privacy, Technology and Security

Yasmin Green
Director of Research and Development, Jigsaw, Alphabet (formerly Google Ideas)
Judi Germano
Professor and Distinguished Fellow, NYU Center for Cybersecurity

3:30-4:00 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Reception