Cyber Security Nordic – Speakers 2018

Cyber Business Stage

Bruce Schneier 

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a security guru by the Economist. He is the author of 14 booksincluding the New York Times best-seller Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers.

His influential newsletter Crypto-Gram and blog Schneier on Security are read by over  250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; and an advisory board member of EPIC and

He is also a special advisor to IBM Security and the Chief Technology Officer of IBM Resilient.   

Picture: Julian Dodd

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Adam Segal

Adam Segal is the Ira A. Lipman chair in emerging technologies and national security and director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

An expert on security issues, technology development, and Chinese domestic and foreign policy, Segal was the project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet.

His book The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age (PublicAffairs, 2016) describes the increasingly contentious geopolitics of cyberspace.

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Financial Times, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, among others. He currently writes for the blog, “Net Politics.”

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Christopher Painter

Chris Painter is a globally recognized leader and expert on cybersecurity, cyber policy, cyber diplomacy and combatting cybercrime. He has been on the vanguard of US and international cyber issues for over twenty-five years—first as a leading federal prosecutor of some of the most high-profile cybercrime cases in the country, then as a senior official at the Department of Justice, the FBI, the National Security Council and finally as the world’s first top cyber diplomat at the State Department.

From 2009-2011, Mr. Painter served in the White House as the first Senior Director for Cyber Policy and Acting Cyber Coordinator in the National Security Council. He advised the President, the National Security Advisor, and the Homeland Security Advisor on a wide range of cyber issues.

In his most recent government role as the nation’s top cyber diplomat, Mr. Painter coordinated and led the United States’ diplomatic efforts to advance an open, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet and information infrastructure and advised the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of State on these emerging issues.

Ira A. (Gus) Hunt

Mr. Hunt is currently Managing Director and Cyber Lead for Accenture Federal Services.  He is responsible for developing differentiated approaches to dealing with the cyber threat environment and growing AFS’s cyber practice.   Previously, Mr. Hunt was Chief Architect and the head of Strategic External Partnerships for Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund located in Westport, Connecticut.  After retiring from federal service, Mr. Hunt founded Hunt Technology, LLC, a private consulting practice focused on strategic IT planning, cyber and data-centric security, big data analytics, and cloud computing.

 Mr. Hunt retired in 2013 as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served for 28 years.  Prior to that, Mr. Hunt was CIA’s Director of Applications Services responsible for developing and delivering CIA’s analytics and operations capabilities.  Mr. Hunt served CIA for 28 years in diverse analytics and operational roles to include Technology Transfer, Counter-Proliferation, Counter-Narcotics and Covert Action.  

Luigi Rebuffi 

Luigi Rebuffi is the Secretary General and founder of ECSO (European Cyber Security Organisation) as well as founder and senior advisor to the EOS Board (EOS – European Organisation for Security).

After having graduated in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy)he worked in Germany on the development of high power microwave systems for the next thermonuclear fusion reactor (ITER). He continued his career at Thomson CSF / Thales in France where he took on increasing responsibilities for European Affairs (R&D) in different sectors: telecom, industrial, medical, scientific, and becoming in 2003 Director for European Affairs for the civilian activities of the Group.

Until 2016 and for 6 years, he has been an advisor to the European Commission for the EU Security Research Programme and President of the Steering Board of the French ANR for security research. 

Grant Waterfall

Grant Waterfall is responsible for PwC’s EMEA Cyber Security and Privacy business. He primarily serves multinational clients, working with them to think more broadly about cybersecurity and privacy so they can boldly pursue new opportunities.

After joining PwC in 1994, Grant held a number of positions across the firm in Europe and the USA. He is a business-minded risk specialist with a strong background in advising clients on developing information risk management functions that help them achieve their business ambitions.

Over the past 8 years he has been responsible for building and leading PwC’s USA and UK Cybersecurity and Privacy practices and helping develop PwC’s digital practice—a convergence of perspectives that reflect PwC’s expansive view of cybersecurity and privacy as a lever for digital transformation. Grant has a long history in large-scale projects across the globe, from digital strategy to systems implementation, and has been a leader in shaping the UK response to cybersecurity threats through roles in the UK’s Government / Private Sector Cyber Security working group and on the boards of the Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC) in the UK and the Cyber Security Challenge UK.


Martti J Kari 

Martti J Kari is university teacher and PhD student in Jyväskylä University.

He has MA in Cyber Security (2017) and MA in Russian language and literature (1993) in Jyväskylä University. The subject of his PhD study is Russia´s Cyber Threat Perception and Response to this Threat.

He retired in the end of 2017 from Finnish Military Intelligence.

His rank is Colonel and his last post before retirement was Assistant Chief of Defense Intelligence. 

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Jose Ahonen 

As a mentalist, Jose has an unique position to experiment and observe human mind. With hands on experience of many social experiments for video from getting free hotel rooms with one phone call to getting people fall down without touching, Jose’s knowledge is not just theory based!

Using highly effective ways of psychology, suggestion and showmanship, he has build his own methods of interaction. Using social engineering and mind hacking for entertainment, Jose has gained a lot of information of just how easily our minds can be tricked.

Police and airport security trainers have used Jose’s methods to achieve more effective interaction and observation skills.  The book “The Anatomy of Deceit” with co author Pete Poskiparta is being released in fall 2018.

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Pekka Puska

Pekka has over 10 years of experience in IT working with large, global vendors and for the resent years, with his passion, security. He joined IBM a year ago to help drive outcome focused security services to the market. Technology is an exciting enabler.

To him, it’s fascinating to get to discuss and speculate the future and how to best prepare for it. Cybersecurity should not be something that prevents, but what enables digitalization and new business opportunities. “My endless curiosity and cybersecurity combine in an exciting way as when I go to spend my weekend, I cannot guarantee that the IT world is the same on Monday demanding new ways to address the challenges.

Best thing in my job is an open dialogue, a pen and a whiteboard” says Pekka.


Jarno Limnell 

Jarno Limnéll is Professor of Cybersecurity at Aalto University, Finland, and an adjunct professor in three other Finnish universities. He also works for a privatecompany.

He has been working with security issues for over 20 years, and has a profound understanding of the global threat landscape, combined with the courage to address the most complex issues.

Professor Limnéll has published a comprehensive list of works on security issues.

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Mikael Krogerus

Mikael Krogerus is originally from Finland, but unfortunately he was brought up in Sweden and Germany.

He studied at the Kaospilots in Denmark, today he is working as an editor on Switzerland’s biggest weekly magazine, Das Magazin, for which he co-wrote with Hannes Grassegger the article:

The Data That Turned the World Upside Dow – How Cambridge Analytica used your Facebook data to help the Donald Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

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Cyber Society Stage

Rami Efrati

Founder and CEO of Firmitas Cyber Solutions – focusing on providing a unique technological approach for the security of mission-critical infrastructure sector & Internet of Things.

Mr Rami Efrati, an expert in Cyber Technology Strategic Methods, is the former Head the Civilian Division of the Israel National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister’s Office. Col. (Res.) Efrati has served in the Israel Defense Forces for more than twenty eight years.

He commanded numerous prestigious operational and technological positions in Military Intelligence and received the Creative Thinking Award from the Director of Military Intelligence.

Rami is a Senior Cyber Fellow in Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security in Tel-Aviv University. Rami is an Associate in the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT).


Kimmo Rousku

Kimmo Rousku on toiminut sivutoimisena tietokirjailijana ja luennoitsijana vuodesta 1985 ja valtionhallinnossa erilaisissa johto- ja asiantuntijatehtävissä vuodesta 1995 alkaen.

Päätoimenaan hän kehittää digitaalista turvallisuutta julkiseen hallintoon Väestörekisterikeskuksessa VAHTI-pääsihteerin tehtävässä. Kimmo omaa poikkeuksellisen laajan osaamisen tietohallinnon ja digitaalisen turvallisuuden eri osa-alueilta.

Hän on ollut kirjoittamassa yli 20 kirjaa sekä julkaissut satoja blogeja ja artikkeleita. Kimmo on valittu TiVin TOP 100 ICT-vaikuttajalistalle vuodesta 2011 saakka.

Antti Pelttari 

Mr. Antti Pelttari (b. 1965) is the Director of Supo, the Finnish Security Intelligence Service. He has held the office since 2011. Prior to joining Supo, he served in various capacities at the Ministry of the Interior: as State Secretary to the Minister, as Director General for International Security Affairs, and as Legal Counsellor.

His earlier experience includes i.a. positions of Committee Counsellor for the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees at the Parliament of Finland and Legal Officer at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Pelttari holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Helsinki. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Pelttari has been deeply involved in formulating and implementing Finnish policy, practices and legislation on internal and external security as well as Finnish EU policy. 

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Mikko Heiskanen

BG Heiskanen took on his current position as the Chief of C5 Finnish Defence Forces (J6) in 1st of January 2016. He is responsible for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information Systems and Cyber Defence of the Finnish Defence ForcesBG Heiskanen joined the Finnish Defence Forces in 1982.

He started his career as an Officer in 1986 in Special Forces for Arctic WarfareIn the 1990´s he served in the Finnish Military Academy before attending the General Staff Course. He graduated as the first of the Technical Classes and was promoted to Major in 1995From 1997 to 2001 he served as a Staff Officer in the Defence Command. In 2001 he was deployed to Headquarters Multinational Division North in the SFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina as the Head of G3 Future Operations. After that he was assigned to Battalion Commander in Carelia Brigade (M). From 2004 to 2006 he was assigned to C3 Military Representative of Finland to NATO and EUMC.

From 2007, he served as the Chief of Research and Development Division in the FDF C4 Agency. From 2010 he was serving as the Deputy Chief of the C4I Division of the Finnish Defence Command (Deputy J6)From 2014 to 2015 he was the Director of the Finnish Defence Forces C5 Agency.

He was promoted to his current rank as a Brigadier General in December 2015 

Mikko Viitala

Mikko Viitala is the National Technology Officer of Microsoft Finland. His responsibilities include helping customers unveil the possibilities of new technology and advancing secure digitalization.

Mikko has more than 15 years of experience in IT and cybersecurity in both public and private sector organizations.

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