Top Tech Speakers for Cybersecurity, AI, and Futurism

Technology is omnipresent in our world today. Think about it: when was the last time you went a day without utilizing some kind of computer or electronic device? The COVID-19 pandemic only served to escalate things, as staying connected online became a top priority for many left feeling physically isolated. As we look to the future, staying up to date on the most recent technological breakthroughs and research around topics like cybersecurity, AI, and more, will be critical for businesses and organizations as they work to take on tomorrow’s challenges.

A technology keynote speaker can shed light on the current state of technological innovations, while giving insight into best practices from the constantly evolving tech industry. These popular technology speakers are here to help you do just that.

Cybersecurity Speakers

With the increased accessibility and breadth of technology, the issue of cybersecurity is a consistent concern. Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks (Cisco). Protecting  systems and networks means gaining an understanding of how to best combat potential cyber attacks. Today, this is necessary for any business or group that relies on technology for work. 

Educating your audience on the vulnerability of certain networks and online threats can help to prevent technological mishaps that have potentially widespread consequences, as we’ve seen recently in the United States. These trending cybersecurity speakers are here to provide your audience with tips and insights into how to best stay protected online.

Keren Elazari

Cybersecurity Analyst, Author & Senior Researcher at the Tel Aviv University Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center

Keren Elazari is an internationally recognized security analyst, researcher, author, and speaker. She is a senior researcher at the Tel Aviv University Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center with an emphasis on hackers and technology and their social implications. Her research interests include issues of hacktivism, information, and cyber punk.

Since 2000, Elazari has worked with leading Israeli security firms, government organizations, Global big 4 and Fortune 500 companies. In 2014, Elazari was the first Israeli woman to speak at the prestigious TED Conference, where her TED talk has been viewed by millions, translated into 30 languages, and chosen for TED’s ‘Most Powerful Ideas.’ She is the founder of Israel’s largest security community event, BSidesTLV, part of the global SecurityBSides movement, and the Leading Cyber Ladies global network for Women in Cyber Security. She is the co-author of the book “Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories.”

Mikko Hypponen

Computer Security Expert & Chief Research Officer for F-Secure

Mikko Hypponen has been working with information security for 30 years. He was selected as the Cybersecurity Person Of The Year in 2020 by CISO Mag. He has dedicated his career to combatting security threats, tracking online crime,and sharing his work with the world – including his creation of Hypponen law, which states, “whenever an appliance is described as being ‘smart,’ it’s vulnerable.” He is a widely regarded security expert who has written on his research for The New York Times, Wired, and Scientific American.

Hypponen is a sought-after speaker, having lectured at the universities of Oxford, Stanford, and Cambridge. Hypponen’s TED Talk has been seen by 1.5 million people and translated to 40 languages. In addition to his ongoing research, Hypponen also serves as curator for the Malware Museum at the Internet Archive.

Shira Rubinoff

Cybersecurity Executive and Advisor

Shira Rubinoff is a recognized cybersecurity executive, cybersecurity and blockchain advisor, global keynote speaker, and influencer who has built two cybersecurity product companies and led multiple women-in-technology efforts. She currently serves as President of the NYC-based technology incubator, Prime Tech Partners, and acts as an advisor to numerous companies. She also serves on the Boards of Pace University’s Cybersecurity Program, The Executive Women’s Forum for Information Security, Leading Women in Technology, the blockchain company Mainframe, and the artificial intelligence (AI) companies TrueConnect and Pypestream. Among many awards, she has also been calculated by analysts to be the top female cybersecurity influencer globally on social media.

Rubinoff provides guidance to numerous Fortune 100 companies in areas related to cybersecurity and company thought leadership, and consults to various organizations in areas of business development and organizational dynamics.

Ethical AI & Machine Learning Speakers

The rate at which technology is growing and expanding leads many to question the ethics of how artificial intelligence might be influencing society. Because AI is deeply integrated into the technology that we use daily, it is necessary to pay close attention to the safety and ethics behind this technology. 

Historically, there have been valid concerns about the patterns of discrimination that have been built into the algorithms of all kinds of platforms: social media, organizational systems, search engines, and beyond. The study of algorithm development and privacy issues is necessary in understanding how we can reduce discrimination and allow AI to work for us, not against us. These technology speakers on ethical AI and machine learning are here to inform, educate, and discuss the implications of machine learning, and provide solutions for how to ethically use AI for good.

Max Tegmark

Cosmic Explorer & MIT Professor of Physics

Max Tegmark is a professor of physics and AI research at MIT. He is president of the Future of Life Institute and Scientific Director of the Foundational Questions Institute. His research has ranged from cosmology to the physics of cognitive systems, and is currently focused at the interface between physics, AI, and neuroscience.

Tegmark is the author of over 200 publications and the books “Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” and “Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality.” His work with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year: 2003.” He has received numerous awards for his research, including a Packard Fellowship (2001-06), Cottrell Scholar Award (2002-07), and an NSF Career grant (2002-07), and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has also been featured in dozens of science documentaries.

Amber Case

Cyborg Anthropologist & Founder of Geoloqi, Inc.

Amber Case studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. She is the author of “Calm Technology,” “Design for the Next Generation of Devices,” and “Designing with Sound.” She believes that we need smarter people, not smarter technology, and that technology should empower people to have more time for creativity, culture, and innovation.

Case spent two years at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and as a visiting researcher at MIT’s Center for Civic Media. She spoke about the future of the interface for SXSW 2012’s keynote address, and her TED talk, “We are all cyborgs now,” has been viewed over a million times. She has been listed among Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30, featured among Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology, and named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2014. She was also the co-founder and former CEO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. 

Safiya Noble

Associate Professor at UCLA, Researcher on Race, Gender, Technology & Design

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the Department of Information Studies where she serves as the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2). She also holds appointments in African American Studies and Gender Studies. She is a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford and has been appointed as a Commissioner on the Oxford Commission on AI & Good Governance (OxCAIGG).

Noble is the recipient of a Hellman Fellowship and the UCLA Early Career Award. Her academic research focuses on the design of digital media platforms on the internet and their impact on society. Her work is both sociological and interdisciplinary, marking the ways that digital media impacts and intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, and technology. She is regularly quoted for her expertise on issues of algorithmic discrimination and technology bias by national and international press including The Guardian, the BBC, CNN International, USA Today, Wired, Time, The New York Times, and a host of local news and podcasts.

Technology Futurists

There’s no question that we are, and have been, in the middle of a technological revolution that is updating and shifting every day. It is quite a task to keep up with this seemingly constant digital transformation, yet anticipating and preparing for the future is necessary for expansion and growth for any business, group, or technology user in general. 

Embracing and adapting to new technologies is part of the way we collectively evolve, butwith the oversaturation of the industry, it can be difficult to assess exactly which direction or angle to venture down. These technology futurists are experts in anticipating the next “big thing” and can help to explain the importance and potential for tuning into these digital transformations, depending on your industry and market.

Scott Klososky

Enterprise Social Technology Expert, Start-Up Pioneer & Partner in Future Point of View

Throughout his career, Scott Klososky has lived on the leading edge of technology innovation and its impact on the business world and society in general. He is recognized globally for his unique ability to accurately predict future digital trends and provide the logic behind why they will alter the current status quo.

As the founder of numerous successful technology startup companies, his experience has helped him gain a unique perspective into technology’s impact on industry and humanity. He is not just an observer of digital trends, he has routinely invested in his future visions with a great track record of success. He is the author of four books including his most recent title, “Did God Create the Internet? The Impact of Technology on Humanity.”

Klososky is the founding partner of TriCorps Technologies, a digital strategy and cybersecurity firm based in Oklahoma City. TriCorps Technologies focuses not only on helping clients to raise revenue and lower costs but also on protecting their organizations’ resources in both the physical world and in the digital world.

Erik Qualman

Top Digital Transformation Expert, Futurist & Bestselling Author

Bestselling author and keynote speaker Erik Qualman has performed in 55 countries and reached 50 million people. His “Socialnomics” work has been on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal, and used by the National Guard to NASA. His business books, including “Digital Leader,” “How to Sell on LinkedIn,” and “What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube” are used in over 200 universities, and he has received an honorary doctorate for his groundbreaking work. Qualman was formerly a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs.

Greg Verdino

Business Futurist; Expert on Business Transformation and Innovation

Greg Verdino is a highly regarded authority on the digital future who helps leaders build thriving 21st-century organizations. He is known for his uncanny ability to forecast trends, spot the difference between fads and the future, and apply his understanding of the rapidly changing global landscape to solve pressing client challenges.

He has advised 50 of the Fortune 500 along with a wide range of small-to-mid-sized organizations; has served in senior leadership positions at a half-dozen scrappy technology and digital media start-ups; and has launched innovative products, lines of business, and divisions from within traditional companies. Today, Verdino helps business leaders and their teams embrace change, create new opportunities out of technology and cultural trends, and formulate bold strategies for transformational growth.

Technology is an integral part of today’s culture, and keeping up with the trends of the industry is necessary for growth and success. No matter which industry you’re in, educating your audience on the importance of technological best practices, cybersecurity, how to integrate financial technology, and anticipating the future is now a key to success.

Lucy Marr: Lucy is a freelance writer for AAE. A self-proclaimed pop culture addict, Lucy loves keeping up with current events, the entertainment industry and finding exciting new talent to feature in her articles. In her free time, she loves traveling, going to the movies, trying out new recipes, and doing improv comedy.
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