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Rod currently serves as an advisor to multinational companies, governments and international institutions, including serving as Chief Security Advisor to Samsung SSIC. He is Chairman of the Global Council on the Future of the Internet at the Switzerland-based World Economic Forum and is an Honorary Professor of International Law at China’s Beijing Normal University.
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Rod Beckstrom is a well-known cyber security expert, Internet leader and authority on organizational leadership and social networking. He is the former President and CEO of ICANN, the global organization that help keeps the Internet secure, stable and unified, and was the founding Director of the U.S. Government’s National Cybersecurity Center. He is co-author of the critically acclaimed book The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations, which has been translated into 16 languages, and is a frequent international media commentator and public speaker.
A preeminent thinker on technology issues, Rod was named one of PC World’s “Puppet Masters of the Internet” in April 2012 and included in “2012’s Digital Power 50” by The Hollywood Reporter. In 2011 he was named a “Tech Titan” by The Washingtonian magazine, and in 2010, one of the “25 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property”by the American Lawyer. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Global Council on the Future of the Internet at the Swiss-based World Economic Forum.
As a much sought-after expert, Rod has spoken at high-profile events for a wide range of organizations in more than forty countries, including Google, Microsoft, eBay, Infosys Technologies, Black Hat, DEFCON, RSA, U.S. STRATCOMM, GITEX Dubai Leaders’ Summit, Futurecom Latin America Infosys, CIO Magazine Leadership Summit, Morgan Stanley, Starbucks, TED, the Monaco Media Forum, Sogeti Consulting, The Hay Group, American Organization of Nurse Executives, United Business Media Group, the White House, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Aspen Institute, Harvard University, Stanford University and the Center for Strategic International Studies and numerous YPO, EO, WPO events around the global.
“Quantifying the Risk of Loss From Cyber Attacks”
Beckstrom’s method helps answer important questions for any organization facing a world of increasingly sophisticated criminals: how much are we likely to lose to cyber attacks over a given period of time? And if we invest more in security, how much could we reduce our risk?
“Preparing for Cyber Armageddon: What are the Threats and How Can Your Company Protect Itself?”
Cyber security is no longer a niche technical issue; it’s a core strategic concern for every business and government leader worldwide. Rod Beckstrom is at the forefront, leading the call to action to proactively protect the nerve center of every organization or business in the world.
“Starfish and Spiders, Conservatives and Terrorists: How Leaderless Organizations Are Changing the World”
Rod Beckstrom draws on a rich collection of lessons and anecdotes from today’s news to illustrate his groundbreaking model of organizational structure and leadership, and applies it to influential social movements, such as the Arab spring, that are producing historic shifts in modern politics and culture.
“From Hummingbird Drones to Smartphone Cars: How Will New Internet Technologies Affect Your Bottom Line?”
As Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on the Future of the Internet, former CEO of ICANN and a successful entrepreneur, Rod Beckstrom is at the intersection of innovation, technology and business, with a deep and unique understanding of the coming tech trends that will define tomorrow’s Internet.
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