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Liga Rozentale (Microsoft Director of Governmental Affairs for (EU) Cybersecurity Policy)

As geopolitics and technological developments collide and interact more and more, the involvement of governemnts, industry and civil society in decision making and the shaping of digital diplomacy is growing ever more relevant.

The traditional models of governance and state to state interactions have been disrupted by the digital age and we now face the challenge of who is leading, who is following and who is left behind.

The digital world connects every aspect of our public infrastructure and private lives. However, the same networks that bind people together also place our connected society at risk. Attacks carried out by nation states and associated non-state actors are growing increasingly frequent and more damaging.

While governments must help cultivate trust in cyberspace, it is equally important that technology providers take action to create a trustworthy environment for internet users. There has never been a greater need for the technology industry – the creators, operators, protectors, and first responders for cyberspace – to agree and champion a common set of principles and behaviours to protect civilians in cyberspace.

Speaker bio

Līga Raita Rozentāle recently joined Microsoft as the Director of EU Governmental Affairs for Cybersecurity Policy bringing to the role her experience as the Counsellor on Cybersecurity Policy at the Latvian Permanent Representation to the EU and the Latvian Delegation to NATO. During the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, she was the Chairwoman of the Council Working Party on Telecommunications on the NIS Directive and for the Friends of Presidency on Cyber Issues. Ms Rozentāle has also worked for the Global Cyber Alliance and James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies. Ms Rozentāle completed her studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA, USA and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. Ms. Rozentāle is a former UN Fellow on Disarmament. Līga is enthusiastic about enhancing and energizing public private partnership, facilitating the role of Micorosft in Europe and driving the future of cybersecurity policy in the EU and globally.

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