Mary-Jo de Leeuw

Interm Program Manager Cybersecurity, The Dutch Railway

Bits and bytes fascinated Mary-Jo ever since she got a Commodore 64, back in the 80’s. What followed in the next 25 years, was much, much more (digital) toys and the “investigation” of it. But this toy story doesn’t end by “a doll on a payroll”. Nothing whatsoever. It is therefore not surprisingly that Mary-Jo founded the Dutch think and do tank Internet of Toys where scientist, toys manufacturers and politicians meet and discuss the breaches within connected toys and also the lack of privacy and legislation loops within it. You’ll find out that her nickname ‘Mario’ appeals to the imagination because of her Nintendo “addiction”. Last but not least: Mary-Jo de Leeuw is an international award winner, is the “go to media expert on IT security”. She is a member of the advisory board of CyberTrust EU, Women Leaders @Digital and Coding Girls.

My Sessions

Engaging the Board on Cyber Security

Engaging the board is an ongoing challenge in cyber security for a variety of reasons: what seems like a uniquely technical issue is actually a complex business risk present across different business functions. Board members don’t necessarily have the technical knowledge to feel at ease making decisions about cyber risk, and a lack of regulatory clarity and metrics around cyber threat makes it challenging to track ROI. This session asks how we can prepare a board for a crisis, using planning processes to help shape decisions, identify areas in need of investment and gain cyber security sponsorship at the highest levels of the business.

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