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Completely detached: Astronaut Dr. Suzanna Randall to speak at Command Control about cybersecurity in space

November 20, 2019
  • Keynote address “Hacked on the ISS”
  • How are astronauts prepared for a serious incident?
  • In 2021 Randall will probably be the first German woman in space

What should astronauts do in the event of a hacker attack alone in space and without on-site support? What does the Incident Response Plan look like on the International Space Station? And what can those with cybersecurity responsibility learn from aerospace in relation to resilience? Astrophysicist Dr. Suzanna Randall will answer these questions on March 4, 2020 at Command Control, the international cybersecurity summit in Munich. Randall is currently being trained as an astronaut as one of two candidates as part of the private initiative “The first female German astronaut”. In 2021 the foundation will send a German woman into space for the first time.

“In the age of digitization cybersecurity is a critical success factor everywhere and in aerospace cyber-attacks can have particularly dramatic consequences,” says Katharina Keupp, Project Manager of Command Control. “We are therefore delighted that we have been able to secure Dr. Suzanna Randall to speak at Command Control about security precautions in space missions. She will explain what companies can derive from this for their own digital resilience.”

The first German woman in space

To date eleven German men but no German women have participated in a space mission. The organization “The first female German astronaut” wanted to change this imbalance and send a German woman into space for the first time in 2021. The objective of the private initiative is to carry out research for medical purposes into the impact of weightlessness on the female body and to inspire more women and girls about space travel and technology in general.

Dr. Suzanna Randall prevailed in the multi-stage selection process as one of the winning women along with Dr. Insa Thiel-Eich. Both are now being intensively prepared for a flight into space. As well as her astronaut training, Randall works as a researcher at the European Southern Observatory in Garching near Munich. The research focus of the PhD astrophysicist is the evolution of stars.

Command Control—the European cybersecurity summit

The second edition of the international cybersecurity summit, Command Control, will take place in Munich on March 3–4, 2020. During this event 1,500 cybersecurity decision-makers such as CISOs, managing directors, risk managers and data protection officers will share information on current trends and best practices. The heart of the Summit is the interactive conference program with 50 international top speakers. On the three platforms, in addition to Suzanna Randall, other keynote speakers include Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Brittany Kaiser, the Head of Information Security at Netflix Jimmy Sanders, the CIO of Maersk the world's biggest shipping company, Adam Banks, the CEO and Co-founder of IOTA Dominik Schiener and Dr. Anna Zeiter, Chief Privacy Officer at eBay Inc. The focus of the agenda is cyber resilience. Command Control will also be offering many interactive workshops—for instance on the issue of communications in an acute crisis situation. Furthermore, a range of matchmaking measures during the Summit will ensure that attendees make the contacts that are appropriate for them.

The Agenda of Command Control can be viewed here:

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