The Kosciuszko Institute, organisers of CYBERSEC EU, presented an award to cyber-security specialist Melissa Hathaway at the start of today’s session in Krakow, Poland.
Melissa Hathaway (left) receives the award from Izabela Albrycht, chair of the Kosciuszko Institute.
Melissa Hathaway, president of Hathaway Global Strategies and former cyber-security advisor to US presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama, was recognised with an award by the Kosciuszko Institute at the opening of this morning’s CYBERSEC conference.
Presenting the award were Izabela Albrycht, chair of the Kosciuszko Institute, and Joanna Swiatkowska, CYBERSEC programme director.
They thanked her for her support for the institute and the conference and for the role she has played in promoting the region to the US government.
They noted that she played a key role in the Obama administration she was the acting senior director for cyber-space for the National Security and Homeland Security Councils and put in charge of a 60-day interagency cyber-policy review that identified more than 250 recommendations.
Based on the report, Obama said that cyber-security would be one of the top priorities of his administration.
Swiatkowska said that Hathaway is a global leader in cyber-security and that she is "irreplaceable". She thanked her for her work as a member of the organising committee of the conference and her support of the initiatives of the Kosciuszko Institute.
Hathaway thanked the organisers for the award and said that the Kosciuszko Institute has been a pioneer in cyber-security policy in Europe and the world.
"I think it’s important that as I look at the audience here and think of all the countries I work with around the world that there are many pioneers trying to inform and influence and change the conversation that we have around cyber-security," she said. "We are all approaching this with passion but we also need to have the platform, and the European Cybersecurity Forum [CYBERSEC] is one of those most important platforms that give power to our voices, that help us inform and gain knowledge about key things from deep cryptography and quantum computing all the way to the strategic policies that our governments must adopt to advance our economies."
Hathaway produces a series of country analyses called the Cyber Readiness Index which are published through the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.