Introducing the first Common Good Cyber Workshop Keynote Speaker: Kemba Walden, President of Paladin Global Institute

The Common Good Cyber Initiative is honored to welcome Kemba Walden as its first distinguished keynote speaker for the Common Good Cyber Workshop, scheduled to take place in Washington D.C. on February 26-27 at the National Press Club. Common Good Cyber will drive collaboration and action by pooling expertise and resources to fortify the foundations of the Internet and its delivery globally, working to ensure its availability and security for generations to come. 

About Kemba Walden

Kemba Walden, President of the new Paladin Global Institute, is a trailblazer in the realm of cybersecurity, bringing a wealth of experience and insight to our workshop. With a stellar background in cybersecurity strategy and policy development, Kemba has consistently demonstrated a commitment to advancing the common good through responsible and ethical cybersecurity practices. 

As former acting U.S. national cyber director, and having spent nearly a decade in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Kemba is highly respected in cybersecurity circles and a thought leader in the field. As President of the Paladin Global Institute, she is leading research and advocacy, developing informed policy recommendations for business and government leaders, and bringing together the public and private sectors to effectively identify and mitigate cyber, AI, and deep-tech risks.  

Over the course of her career, Kemba has navigated the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats, working tirelessly to bridge the gap between cutting-edge technology and societal well-being. Her extensive expertise makes her an ideal speaker to launch our discussions on how we can collectively address cybersecurity challenges for the greater good.

Keynote Address

Kemba will deliver the keynote address, delving into the role of nonprofits in shaping a safer future. The Internet has become the backbone of our critical infrastructure, civil society’s infrastructure, and people’s daily lives.  Critical infrastructure enables our government to deliver essential human needs – water, electricity, our democracy, economic growth, healthcare, education, monitoring environmental resources and tracking climate change.  Civil society’s infrastructure – nonprofits, academia, think tanks, the press – facilitates the public discourse that is key to informed and trusted government action. And, people rely on the internet to perform basic daily tasks – banking, grocery shopping, entertainment, connecting with family. Like a public utility, the internet has become a common good. Given the ubiquitous nature of this common good, securing the internet and ensuring the safety of people who rely upon it can become necessarily intrusive. For this reason, governments can only do so much on their own. Kemba will highlight the crucial role for nonprofits as a key element of civil society in pursuit of a safe, secure, and trusted internet. 

The Common Good Cyber Workshop promises to be a dynamic gathering of cybersecurity professionals, policymakers, nonprofits, industry, and enthusiasts alike. Kemba Walden’s keynote address is sure to be a highlight, setting the tone for engaging discussions and ensuring collaborative problem-solving. 

Event Details

Date: February 26-27

Location: National Press Club, Washington D.C.

The keynote will take place on February 26th from 9:10 to 9:30 ET and will be livestreamed. Sign-up for more agenda updates and submit interest to attend the workshop here

About Common Good Cyber

Common Good Cyber is a global initiative with the goal of identifying sustainable models for supporting groups, organizations, and individuals involved in critical cybersecurity functions for the broader Internet community.

The Internet powers our global life, but its security is not a given. To ensure a safe and lasting digital future, we need to support those tirelessly safeguarding it. From fortifying infrastructure to empowering users, join us in understanding, appreciating, and sustaining the cybersecurity efforts that keep our online world secure for all.

The Global Cyber Alliance is coordinating Common Good Cyber as part of its commitment to Cyber Civil Defense, a coalition dedicated to moving the whole of society forward in ensuring cybersecurity.

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