Alicia “Kozak” Kozakiewicz is an internationally-acclaimed and highly sought-after motivational speaker, actress, and author, who has inspired millions through her powerful on-screen and in-person appearances. Passionate and straight-from-the-heart, Alicia motivates her audiences to transcend life’s challenges, pursue their passions, and discover their purpose. Alicia’s extraordinary life story exemplifies the strength of the human spirit’s ability to overcome adversity and to deny defeat.
Internet safety expert and founder of The Alicia Project, for the past 15 years she has pioneered insightful Internet safety and sexual exploitation awareness presentations to children and adults.
At the age of 13, Alicia “Kozak” Kozakiewicz became the first widely reported Internet-related child abduction victim. The abduction took place on January 1, 2002, when Alicia was kidnapped outside of her Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home after having been groomed online and lured by an Internet predator. Unbeknownst to her, the FBI received a tip from an online informant who had seen the livestream video. Following digital footprints, law enforcement stormed the captor’s home and discovered the petrified 13-year-old girl chained to the floor. Cutting the chain from around her neck, Alicia was set free.
Following a period of counseling and healing, at just 14 years old, Alicia made the choice to fight back. Refusing to let her traumatic experience define her, but rather, choosing to define it, Alicia began to share her story and motivational message through The Alicia Project. .
Alicia has earned her Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology and is now taking her advocacy to the next level by joining the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) as the Director of Outreach and Global Impact. As ICMEC’s spokesperson, she is using her platform to protect children globally. Alicia’s life, mission, and passion prove that she – that all of us – are more than our stories.”
Paula Januszkiewicz is a CEO and Founder of CQURE Inc. and CQURE Academy. She is also Enterprise Security MVP, honorable Microsoft Regional Director for CEE and a world class cybersecurity expert, consulting Customers all around the world. In 2017, she graduated from Harvard Business School. Paula
Paula has 15 years of experience in the cybersecurity field, performing penetration tests, architecture consulting, trainings and seminars. She has performed hundreds of security projects, including those for governmental organisations and big enterprises, at the same time being a top speaker and a keynote speaker at many well-known conferences, including Microsoft Ignite (rated No 1 Speaker among 1100 speakers at a conference with 26000 attendees), RSA (in 2017 in San Francisco her session was one of the 5 hottest sessions), Black Hat, TechEd North America, TechEd Europe, TechEd Middle East, CyberCrime etc., where she is often rated as No 1 speaker. She also creates security awareness programs for various organisations, including awareness sessions for top management (telecoms, banks, government etc.). She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others.
In private, she enjoys working with her research team, converting the results of her findings to authored leading-edge trainings and tools used in practice in projects. She wrote a book about Threat Management Gateway and she’s currently working on the next one… so stay tuned for more. Recently, Paula has become a member of the Technical Advisory Board at Royal Bank of Scotland – helping to keep its security at the highest level possible!
She has access to a source code of Windows, an honor granted to just few people around the world!
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned authority on technology and security with a level-headed, must-hear message for any audience concerned about our security and privacy. A highly respected and prolific author, he has written on the benefits and challenges of our intensifying surveillance society, analysis and commentary on the security issues of our times, how-to advice on protecting your data and email privacy, and technical work on cryptography and security economics. Bruce Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and holds a number of other prestigious positions.
He is the author of the forthcoming book, Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World (September 2018).
Publications and contributions. Bruce Schneier is the author of fifteen books on general security topics, computer security, and cryptography, including the New York Times best-seller Data and Goliath. In his newest book, Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World, Schneier explores the risks and security implications of our new, hyper-connected era. He’s been writing a monthly newsletter since 1998 (Crypto-Gram) and a blog on security issues since 2004 (Schneier on Security), reaching an audience of more than 250,000 people — plus hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, has served on several government committees, and is regularly quoted in the press.
Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World
We are all under surveillance right now and the powers that surveil us use the data they collect. Much of this is voluntary: we cooperate with corporate surveillance because it promises us convenience, and we submit to government surveillance because it promises us protection. But have we given up more than we’ve gained? In his bestselling book Data and Goliath, Bruce Schneier offers a different path to security, one that would reform our government surveillance programs and shake up surveillance-based business models while providing consumers and citizens with usable tips for protecting our privacy.
Opinion. Bruce Schneier comments on the security issues of the day with pragmatic wisdom born of extensive experience in the field and a deep ethical commitment to real security and personal privacy. A critic of many of our current efforts, he coined such internet memes as “security theater” to describe many of the Transportation Security Administration’s airport security measures and the phrase “movie-plot threats” to explain the popularity of measures that appeal to the public and legislators but do not counter real-life threats. He speaks about privacy and surveillance, security and the Internet of Things, nation-state cyber conflict, and many other issues.
When NASA classified Karl as non-astronaut material in 1981 he walked straight into ABC Radio station Double J and offered to talk about the Space shuttle launch. They said ‘Okay’ and his radio career took off from there. ‘Great Moments In Science’ ran on Double J while Karl moonlighted as a medical student.
Since then, his media career has exploded from radio, to TV, books, newspapers, magazines, scripting, professional speaking, podcasts and the internet.
Karl made his TV debut in 1985 as the presenter of the first series of Quantum. Since 1986 he has reported science on the Midday Show, Good Morning Australia (including a full-time stint in 1991-2 as the TV Weatherman and science reporter), the Today Show and Sunrise. Alongside his fellow geek Adam Spencer, he has written and co-produced two series of Sleek Geeks for ABC TV.
Karl popularises science on ABC radio stations across Australia and, on the BBC, for several hours each week. Many of you will be familiar with the original talk back programme each Thursday on triple j from 11 am to midday.
Karl has written (so far) 45 books, beginning with ‘Great Moments In Science’ in 1984, and includes such titles as ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So…’Bro’ (2006), which was launched, quite literally, via rocket at Sydney’s Bondi Beach (a world first).
November 2009 saw the simultaneous release of Karl’s 28th book, ‘Never Mind The BULLocks…Here’s the Science’, board game (‘Fact OR Fishy’), and first ever music single, ‘Get Fact’. In August 2010 Karl’s 29th book, ‘Dinosaurs Aren’t Dead’, was released. In November 2010, Karl’s 30th book, ‘Curious & Curiouser’, was released into the adult non-fiction market. Dr Karl released two kids’ activity books ‘Dr Karl’s Little Book of Dinos’ and ‘Dr Karl’s Little Books of Space’ in June 2017.
His latest book is in full colour, with brilliant and funny illustrations, suitable for kids and adults alike, ‘Dr Karl’s Random Road Trip Through Science’ was released in October 2019. It is also the first of his books to come with Augmented Reality! Watch Dr Karl pop-up from the pages and introduce each chapter!
In 1996 Karl was invited by the United States Information Agency to be a Distinguished Foreign Guest in their International Visitor Program. Previous Alumni of this program include Julius Nyere, Anwar Sadat, Indira Ghandi and Margaret Thatcher. As part of this program he visited NORAD, Dryden Air Force Base and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory – and got to sit in the front seat of an SR-71 Blackbird.
In August 2000 Karl was one of first eight Australian Apple Masters to be announced (there are fewer than 100 in the entire world). The Apple Masters Program celebrates the achievements of people who are changing the world through their passion and vision, while inspiring new approaches to creative thinking.
In 2002, Dr Karl was honoured with the prestigious Ig Nobel prize awarded by Harvard University in the USA for his ground-breaking research into Belly Button Lint and why it is almost always blue.