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Eric Rosenbach

Keynote Speaker

Pentagon Chief of Staff (2015-2017); Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Security and Homeland Defense (2013-2015)

Eric Rosenbach is a highly-regarded senior executive and thought leader with two decades of experience running complex technology-centric organizations in both the private sector and government. As the former “Pentagon Cyber Czar,” his experience and expertise in the area of cybersecurity is unparalleled.

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As the Chief of Staff to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Rosenbach was one of the senior-most leaders of the largest organization in the world, where he provided the strategic management of 2.8 million personnel, a $585 billion annual budget and ongoing military operations. Rosenbach led the Department of Defense on cyber issues for six years, including during high-profile attacks on the US and allies by nation-state actors. He has deep expertise in technology and the underlying policy and legal issues that often stifle innovation.

In the Pentagon, Rosenbach was charged with managing some of the Department’s most complex decisions and crises, and ensuring implementation of transformative changes in the Department’s technology and talent management.  He served as the Secretary’s closest strategic advisor on key foreign policy issues, including the war strategy to defeat ISIS, the “rebalance” to Asia and the effort to check Russian aggression. Rosenbach also led the Department’s efforts to improve innovation by forging and managing key initiatives such as the Defense Digital Service, the Silicon Valley-based Defense Innovation Unit and the Defense Innovation Board.

Rosenbach taught at Harvard for several years and brings an energetic, educational and interactive approach to all of his presentations.

Eric Rosenbach’s Speech Topics

  • Military Leadership and Crisis Management: Lessons Learned from Atop the Pentagon

    How do you manage an organization with over three million employees, a $570 billion budget, ongoing operations in dozens of countries and crises on a near-daily basis? In this presentation, Rosenbach will provide important lessons about the strong model of military leadership practiced in the Pentagon, where, as the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense, he provided day-to-day management of the largest organization in the world. Rosenbach will share his strategy for developing high-performing teams that deliver superior results. He will also provide specific lessons learned from leading the response to strategic-level crisis in the Pentagon during the last several years of the Obama Administration. These crises include issues such as the Ebola outbreak, major cyberattacks, accidental airstrikes on civilian hospitals, tensions with Iran in the Persian Gulf and responding to North Korea’s aggressive military actions. Audiences will find the stories – and the sophisticated management and public communications practices involved – interesting and educational.

  • Disruptive Innovation: FinTech and the Potential to Revolutionize the Financial Services Sector

    Could iPhone-based apps challenge the world’s leading financial institutions in the same way that Amazon revolutionized commerce and Uber up-ended the transportation sector? Innovation in the software-based financial technology (FinTech) sector has attracted significant attention because of its clear potential to disrupt existing global financial services models. Many analysts believe that Fintech will be the “next big thing” for tech firms and investors in Silicon Valley. Why? A new model for decentralized transactions, often based on blockchain technology, could replace cumbersome traditional processes that empower banks, insurers and old-school investors. Rapid growth in software solutions that facilitate person-to-person payments, crowdfunded equity investments and smart, self-executing contracts demonstrates that innovations in financial technology truly could revolutionize this sector. The FinTech Revolution will only occur, however, if this nascent technology overcomes challenges in cybersecurity, digital identity and legal regulation. In his presentation, Rosenbach provides audiences with important insight on:

    • The trajectory of key technologies driving FinTech, including blockchain, digital identity management and cyber security.
    • The current regulatory environment and avenues for reform to spur FinTech growth.
    • The potential for FinTech to shift the balance of the global economy and geo-political centers of gravity.
  • NextGen Cyberattacks: Understanding Risk in the Information Age

    Russian actions intended to influence the United States presidential election were the most prominent example of a new brand of cyberattacks that combine hacking with disinformation operations. The case once again highlighted the importance of cybersecurity – not just for national security leaders, but also executives in the private sector charged with managing corporate risk. Once a relatively niche topic handled exclusively by the CIO, cybersecurity is now a major concern for CEOs and other corporate leaders. Mitigating the risk of cyberattacks starts with an understanding of strategic drivers of attacks, but requires focused attention on a holistic corporate risk management approach. Any strategy for mitigating the risk of cyberattacks must also focus on an effective response that addresses key issues from an operational, legal and public affairs perspective. In this presentation, Rosenbach, once known as the “Cyber Czar” of the Pentagon, provides the audience with invaluable insight on:

    • The most recent evolution of cyberattacks and what they mean for national and corporate leaders.
    • Proven strategies for reducing the risk of cyberattacks against private and public sector organizations.
    • The most promising technologies emerging in the cybersecurity market.

What other organizations say about Eric Rosenbach

Eric was fantastic! The feedback could not be more complimentary. He created an extremely engaging atmosphere and was informative, funny, and thought provoking in his remarks. He was so gracious and easy to work with. We could not recommend him more highly.

Financial Services


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