Dr. Sven Herpig

Director for "Cybersecurity Policy and Resilience"

Dr. Sven Herpig is the Director for Cybersecurity Policy and Resilience.

"The cybersecurity policy and resilience program covers a range of projects from improving cybersecurity for local governments to the national implementation of UN cyber norms.

Sven's own research areas include government policies on active cyber defense, geopolitical responses to cyber operations, government hacking and vulnerability management as well as the government's role in securing machine learning, fostering open source software security and securing elections." 

Sven is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Hull and Associate Fellow at the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS) of the University of Bonn. He is also active as columnist for Tagesspiegel Background Cybersecurity.

Sven served as subject matter expert in the German parliament's committee hearings on IT security, military cyber and information space and digital sovereignty and for the European Union study on Legal Frameworks for Hacking by Law Enforcement. Sven was invited by the Berlin House of Representatives to take part in the Committee for Home Affairs, Security and Order as an expert on IT security. He held the keynote at the G7 Digital Ministerial Meeting 2022 and presented his work inter alia at the US Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, the European Parliament, the German parliament and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute. Sven regularly appears in German and international media.

Before Sven joined the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, he was working with Germany's 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. His PhD analyzed the strategic implications of cyber security and cyber operations for the state.

Sven is active in the following advisory boards, blogs and working groups:

  • Advisory Council for the EU Cyber Diplomacy Initiative - EU Cyber Direct
  • Contributing editor for the Directions blog
  • Federal working group on cybersecurity of the economic council of the CDU
  • Advisory Council for the Federal Office for Information Security annual IT security congress
  • Advisory Council "Deutschland sicher im Netz" (DsiN)
  • Global Partnership for Responsible Cyber Behaviour organized by RUSI

From 2021 to 2022, Sven was member of the Advisory Council on Digital Consumer Protection at the Federal Office for Information Security.

From 2020 to 2023, Sven was member ad hoc working group on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity of the European Cybersecurity Agency.

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