The Future of Money: Cybersecurity in FinTech

A panel made up of Swiss and American fintech and cybersecurity experts will discuss the underpinnings of digital security challenges, particularly within the framework of digital finance. Join us for “Cybersecurity in Fintech,” the fifth edition in the Future of Money series.

Event Details


swissnex Boston
420 Broadway, Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138 United States


November 29, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)


$10 - $20

Securing the internet is now a worldwide priority – and financial institutions, who are among the most vulnerable to such attacks, are at the forefront of determining what steps must be taken to minimize this inevitable risk.

But how can the FinTech industry design regulations without impeding innovation? Does the entrepreneurial mindset to “get to the market fast,” undermine security issues? Is blockchain the next line of defense in the quest for cybersecurity?

A panel made up of Swiss and American FinTech and cybersecurity experts will discuss the underpinnings of these challenges in digital finance. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session and networking reception.

Cybersecurity in FinTech is the fifth event in the Future of Money series.


Event Agenda

6:00 PM Doors open

6:20 PM Introduction and welcome address

6:30 PM Panel discussion followed by Q&A session

8:00 PM Networking reception w/ buffet





Stuart Madnick / Director of (IC)3 at MIT

Dr. Madnick has been actively involved in cybersecurity research since at least 1979, when he co-authored the book “Computer Security.” Currently, he heads MIT’s Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity — aka (IC)3. Dr. Madnick holds a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT and has been an MIT faculty member since 1972. He served as the head of MIT’s Information Technologies Group in the Sloan School of Management for more than 20 years.




Shira Kaplan / Founder and CEO of Cyverse AG

Shira is the Founder and CEO of Cyverse AG, a Zurich-based cyber-security firm which delivers state-of-the-art cyber-security solutions to global and local corporations. Shira’s technological training dates back to her service in the Elite Technology Unit of the Israeli Intelligence, where she was an Intelligence and Cyber-Security Analyst. Shira is an alumna of Harvard University and she holds an MBA from University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.



Spiros Margaris / World’s No.1 fintech influencer and founder of Margaris Advisory

The founder of the advisory boutique MARGARIS ADVISORY ranks as the world’s No. 1 Fintech Influencer by Onalytica (July 2016). He maintains a holistic view of the fintech industry. Spiros is a senior advisor and investor at (a B2B German fintech company with a client portfolio volume of over EUR 40 billion), (the only full-service funding marketplace in Germany) and (the leading German ‘Fintech Supermarket’).



Leo Taddeo / Chief Security Officer for Cryptzone

Leo Taddeo is the Chief Security Officer for Cryptzone. Former Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the FBI’s New York Office, he is responsible for analyzing the cybersecurity market to help shape Cryptzone’s vision for security solutions. Taddeo provides deep domain insight into the techniques, tactics and procedures used by cybercriminals, to help Cryptzone continue to develop disruptive solutions that enable customers to defend against advanced threats and breaches.



John Van Blaricum / VP of Global Marketing for Kudelski Security

John Van Blaricum is Vice President of Global Marketing for Kudelski Security, a global cybersecurity solutions provider with operations in Cheseaux, Switzerland, and major cities across the United States. He leads teams responsible for cybersecurity solution marketing and technology partnerships, and was instrumental in launching the company’s broader cybersecurity strategy in the United States. John has more than 20 years of high tech marketing and business experience, working internationally for public and private software, service and solutions companies.

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