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Rod Beckstrom is a well-known cybersecurity authority, Internet leader and expert on organizational leadership. He is the founding Director of the U.S. Government's National Cybersecurity Center.
Rod Beckstrom is a well-known cybersecurity authority, Internet leader and expert on organizational leadership. He is the former President and CEO of ICANN, founding Director of the U.S. Government's National Cybersecurity Center in the Department of Homeland Security and co-author of the critically acclaimed book, The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organization. He currently serves as an advisor to multinational companies, governments and international institutions and is Vice Chair of the Global Council on the Future of the Internet at the Swiss-based World Economic Forum and is a frequent international media commentator and public speaker.
Rod Beckstrom created CAT S Software, a public risk management company, in his Stanford, California, garage apartment. As CEO, he grew it into a global enterprise and took it public on the NASDAQ before successfully merging it into another global organization. He has participated in founding numerous high-tech ventures, including Mergent Systems, a database company that was sold for $200 million within a year of its creation. Beckstrom co-founded or provided original backing for companies and organizations including Privada Inc. (backed by American Express and First Data), eMotion Inc. (acquired by Kodak), SV2, Kiva.org and American Legal Net.
A preeminent thinker on technology issues, Rod Beckstrom was named one of PC World's "Puppet Masters of the Internet" in April 2012 and included in "2012's Digital Power 50" by The Hollywood Reporter. In 2011 he was named a "Tech Titan" by The Washingtonian magazine, and in 2010, one of the "25 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property" by the American Lawyer. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Global Council on the Future of the Internet at the Swiss-based World Economic Forum.
As a much sought-after expert, Rod Beckstrom has spoken at high-profile events for a wide range of organizations in more than forty countries, including Google, Microsoft, eBay, Infosys Technologies, Black Hat, DEFCON, RSA, U.S. STRATCOMM, GITEX Dubai Leaders' Summit, Futurecom Latin America Infosys, CIO Magazine Leadership Summit, Morgan Stanley, Starbucks, TED, the Monaco Media Forum, Sogeti Consulting, The Hay Group, American Organization of Nurse Executives, United Business Media Group, the White House, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Aspen Institute, Harvard University, Stanford University and the Center for Strategic International Studies and numerous YPO, EO, WPO events around the globe.