Dr. Sven Herpig
Project Director Transatlantic Cyber Forum
Sven Herpig is the project director of the Transatlantic Cyber Forum (TCF), bringing together American, German and other EU-experts to collaborate on cyber security and defence policies. For the EU Cyber Direct (EUCD) project Sven analyses the European cyber resilience policy as well as the diplomatic relationship between the EU and the US in cyberspace.
Sven’s current focal areas include standards for government/ lawful hacking, vulnerability management, the German cyber security architecture as well as the protection of political IT-infrastructures and democratic processes against (foreign) cyber operations.
Since the start of his academic career, Sven’s focus was the intersection of cyberspace and international relations. He conducted research inter alia on the application of social constructivism to discourse on the Internet, Internet governance by states and the strategic implications of cyber operations - his PhD work.
On the side, Sven works as Lecturer. His latest seminar focused on cyber strategies in the international context, taught 2017 at the Center for Global Studies, University of Bonn.
Before Sven set up the TCF, he was working with the federal government for several years. First, we worked with the IT security staff at the Federal Foreign Office. He then became deputy of the cyber security and society unit at the Federal Office for Information Security where he headed the internal negotiations for the federal cyber security strategy 2016 as single point of contact.
Sven served as German expert for the EU DG for Internal Policies Study on government hacking, presented inter alia at the US Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, the European Parliament, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute and the Employee Association for Foreign and Security Policy in the German Parliament.
He regularly appears in German, American and EU media and presents at international expert workshops and conferences.