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Sadie Creese

Professor of Cybersecurity, University of Oxford

Sadie Creese is a Professor of Cyber Security in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. She teaches threat detection, risk assessment and operational aspects of security. She was the founding Director of the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) at the Oxford Martin School where Sadie Creese is conducting research into what constitutes national cybersecurity capacity, working with countries and international organisations. She was the founding Director of Oxford’s Cybersecurity network launched in 2008 and now called CyberSecurity@ Oxford, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the World Economic Forum’s Centre for Cybersecurity.

keynote | German

9.05 a.m.


«Accept cyber-insecurity. Focus on cyber-resilience»

Sadie Creese kicked off the second day at the NZZ X.Days 2019 with her keynote, which, above all, addresses the dangers of digitalisation. Creese is a professor of cybersecurity at Oxford University. She starts by advising to embrace the opportunity of digital but accept cyber-insecurity. As we embrace cyberspace, we are leaving footprints and increase the potential attack surface. The other issue is that as we create new efficiencies, we will get more dependent upon them and the more dependent we become the more increases the attraction to threats and potential exposure. It is essential to strategically build up a cyber-resilience and to assess the degree of harm and its probability of occurrence. Therefore, she introduces the cyber value-at-risk calculation that evaluates this likelihood. What investment do you need to make, that your company can be resilient? «You can’t keep it out, so prepare to resist, build into strategic decisions on digital projects to ensure appropriate investment in cybersecurity».