Ensuring Safety for the Future of Cyberspace

Learn which technologies hold promise for protecting our data and privacy in cyberspace, why you should use them, and how they work.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


May 20, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


Advance tickets $10, at the door $15

The data stored on personal computers and passed around through digital communications has never been as threatened as it is today. Hackers, governments, and companies who seek access to our digital lives are often a step ahead no matter what protections are developed.

We invite you to an evening dedicated to the cybersecurity industry. Hear from encryption experts, developers at Open Whisper Systems, and a CERN spin-off called ProtonMail that just raised $2M to help protect email. Learn why we still get hacked everyday and how cybersecurity businesses are mobilizing to protecting us from the threats of the online world now and into the future.


6:30 pm  doors open
7:00 pm  introduction and speaker presentations
8:15 pm  audience Q&A
8:30 pm  networking reception
9:30 pm  doors close


Bart Butler

Bart ButlerBart Butler is a senior engineer at ProtonMail, a free web-based encrypted email service founded in 2013 at CERN. He has a PhD in experimental particle physics from Stanford and is a former Harvard post-doctoral fellow. He spent four years in residence at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, where he worked on the Large Hadron Collider and met ProtonMail co-founder Andy Yen.

Dr. Christine Corbett Moran

Christine Corbett Moran

Christine Corbett does research in computational astrophysics, high performance computing, and big data visualization. She’s primarily interested in the gravitational force, which she says she considers the most beautiful and mysterious of all of nature’s fundamental forces.

After completing a PhD at the University of Zurich in Switzerland in February 2015, she began a postdoc in theoretical physics at Caltech; and now lives and work out of Los Angeles, California.

In her free time, she has done a lot of open source and mobile application development oriented around technical activism: data privacy and cryptography, gender based violence and social justice, including major contributions to Open Whisper Systems’ Signal, Circle of 6, and Encyclopedia Android/iOS applications.


Andreas Kuehn

Andreas Kuehn

Andreas Kuehn is a Zukerman Cybersecurity Predoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and a Ph.D. Candidate in Information Science and Technology at Syracuse University. His research and teaching interests include cyber security and Internet governance.
Security flaws in widely used software make Internet users vulnerable. In his ongoing dissertation research, Andreas examines emerging software vulnerability markets, and thinks about how different modes of vulnerability disclosure will make the Internet a more secure and safe place.

Mahendra Ramsinghani

Mahendra is the co-founder of Mod N Labs, a Silicon Valley based cyber security accelerator. In this role, he brings his two decades of business expertise to foster innovation against cyber attacks.  He works with founders to develop their value proposition, engage with CISOs of Fortune 500 companies and attract capital from the best-in-class security investors.

As Managing Director of First Step Fund, he led investments in over fifty startups. Mahendra is the author of two leading books on venture capital and startups – “The Business of Venture Capital” (Wiley Finance, 2014) and “Startup Boards” (Wiley, 2014) co-authored with noted VC Brad Feld. His articles have been published in Forbes, MIT Technology Review and Huffington Post.

As a frequent speaker on Venture Capital & Technology, Mahendra has presented at IBF Venture Conference (San Francisco), Cascadia Summit (Vancouver, BC), Thompson Reuters VCJ Alpha Conference (Boston & San Francisco) and National Public Radio 91.7 UOFM.

His educational background includes a B.Engg (Electronics) and MBA (Finance and Marketing) from University of Pune, India.

Related Events

These events are part of a monthlong series and exhibition at swissnex San Francisco that ask tough questions about digital security in the past, present, and future.

Project Cyber Virus: Digital Security Then and Now
May 6-29, 2015
Inside the secret world of hacking, cyberterrorism, encryption, and vintage computer viruses.

Project Cyber Virus: Opening Reception
May 5, 2015
Learn the history of hacking and its counterculture during opening night of our monthlong exhibit, Project Cyber Virus.

Vulnerability in the Connected World
May 12, 2015
Are smart things and smart cities too risky? When our devices, objects, cars, and cities are all connected to the Internet, will we be smart enough to protect ourselves from a new kind of cyberterrorism?

May 18, 2015
Bring your connected device and learn to use cutting-edge encryption tools during the San Francisco CryptoParty.



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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