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From Austria to Silicon Valley – Cyber Security as a Global Factor

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In his role as Vice President of Security & Privacy Engineering at Google, Gerhard Eschelbeck leads a team of more than 600 engineers who are responsible for building and maintaining the tools and systems that keep Google’s users and their data safe and secure.


Vice President Security and Privacy Engineering, Google Inc., Cupertino, CA Abstract
When people think about security at Google, they imagine one of two things: nerdy, engineer hackers or a big stack of servers. The reality is somewhere in between. People and technology are equally important. Technology needs people build and guide it. The Security and Privacy Engineering team is made up of over 600 Googlers in 14 global offices. Everything we do is rooted in our mission to protect, respect and defend our users, Google and the internet as a whole.
After the mobile revolution, the next wave is the cloud with its own security challenges and opportunities. The challenges get bigger, but so does our ability to fight them. As an industry, we've learned a lot since the early days of viruses when much of our work was reactive. When it comes to topics like cloud, I see myself and my peers taking a proactive, strategic approach. We anticipate problems before they happen. This proactiveness is what attracted me to Google.
As we proactively and passionately push technology forward, we have a responsibility to protect our users' security AND their privacy - both sides of the coin. Authentication and encryption are two of many examples where we need to strike this balance. There are many others, eg. using signals and trends from user data to identify, evaluate and prevent security threats. There is no point in techology that fulfills one set of user needs at the expense of another. By taking a holistic view and carefully considering all angles, we ensure human interest is truly at the center of technology.
Head, Automation and Control Institute, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna Chair

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Gerhard ESCHELBECK

Vice President Security and Privacy Engineering, Google Inc., Cupertino, CA

1992-1996 Research and Teaching Assistant, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
1995 Founder IDS GmbH, Austria
1996 PhD, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
1996-1997 Director of Engineering, McAfee Software Development Center GmbH, Austria
1997-2001 Vice President Engineering Antivirus Products, McAfee/Network Associates, Santa Clara, California
2000 Habilitation venia docendi for Applied Informatics, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
2001-2005 Chief Technical Officer & Vice President of Engineering, Qualys, Redwood Shores, California
2006-2011 Chief Technical Officer & Sr. Vice President of Engineering, Webroot Software, San Mateo, California
2011-2014 Chief Technical Officer & Sr. Vice President, Sophos, Oxford, UK
 Lecturer at Johannes Kepler University Linz and other international Universities
since 2014 Vice President Security and Privacy Engineering, Google Inc., Mountain View, CA

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Andreas KUGI

Head, Automation and Control Institute, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna

1986-1992 Electrical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), TU Graz
1992-1995 PhD in Automatic Control (Dr.techn.), JKU Linz
1995/1996 Military service in Austria
2000 venia docendi, Habilitation in Control Systems Technology and Control Theory, JKU Linz
1992-2002 Research assistant, Associate Professor, JKU Linz
2002-2007 Full professor for System Theory and Automatic Control, Saarland University, Germany
since 2007 Full professor for Complex Dynamical Systems and Head of the Automation and Control Institute (ACIN), TU Wien
since 2016 Head Complex Dynamical Systems, Austrian Institute of Technology

Technology Symposium

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13:00 - 13:10OpeningPlenary
13:10 - 14:15RTI TalkPlenary
14:30 - 14:50From Austria to Silicon Valley - Cyber Security as a Global FactorPlenary
14:50 - 16:10Cybernetics in Advanced Energy and Production SystemsPlenary
16:30 - 17:45Complexity and the New EnlightenmentPlenary
20:00 - 20:15Best of Art and ScienceCulture
20:15 - 21:15Tickets to Berlin: Falling Walls Lab Austria and Alpbach Summer School on EntrepreneurshipPlenary
21:30 - 23:00Career LoungeSocial
21:30 - 23:30Evening ReceptionSocial


09:00 - 10:30Digital MedicinePlenary
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
10:30 - 12:30Cross-sektorale Kooperationen von ClusternPartner
11:00 - 12:30Personalized Cancer MedicinePlenary
12:30 - 13:00Lunch Snacks for the Participants of the Breakout SessionsSocial
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 01: Innovation by Making: Paradigm Shifts and New Innovation CulturesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 02: Silicon Austria: A Game Changer for Austria as a High-Tech Location?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 03: Creating the Future: How to Reinvent Innovation ProcessesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 04: The Cycle of Innovation and its EcologyBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 05: Heavy Impact of Lightweight DesignBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 06: Looking Into the Unknown and Shifting HorizonsBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 07: Radical Innovations: More Courage to Take RisksBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 08: The Acceptance of Technologies by Pupils with Migration History - a Plea for Transcultural Competence as new EnlightenmentBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 09: Cyber Security: A Fundamental RightBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 10: Open Access & Open Innovation - Tools for a New Enlightenment?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 11: Realities and Futures of RoboticsBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 12: Energiewende - Empowering ConsumersBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 13: Security of Supply as a Locational FactorBreakout
19:00 - 20:30Innovation Marathon: Ideas Made to Order - 24 Hours NonstopPlenary


09:00 - 10:30Art Meets Science and Technology - Towards a New EnlightenmentPlenary
10:45 - 11:45Open Innovation: New Enlightenment? Participation - Democratisation - New SolutionsPlenary
12:15 - 13:30ETH Zurich, this Year's Special Guest at the Technology SymposiumPlenary
13:30 - 14:00Snack ReceptionSocial