Training: 8–9 November 2016
Tutorials & Conference: 9–11 November 2016
Amsterdam, NL

Designing for cybersecurity solutions "do tank"

Desiree Matel-Anderson (The Field Innovation Team)
13:30–17:00 Wednesday, 9 November, 2016
Location: E107
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Professional experience in the cybersecurity field
  • A basic understanding of incident command structure (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Learn a three-step process for designing cybersecurity solutions demonstrated with a simulated cybersecurity breach
  • Gain a better understanding of incident command structure (ICS)


You’ve been hacked. . .or are you doing the hacking? Join Desiree Matel-Anderson to solve a simulated hack in real time and put yourself in the shoes of a white hat defending essential data or a black hat fortifying your access to private data.

Desi and the FIT team walk you through a three-step process for designing cybersecurity solutions demonstrated with a simulated cybersecurity breach—beginning with a narrative of who and what you are solving for, then sculpting a focused challenge statement through a reframing exercise, and concluding by building out a concept to prototype in small, networked teams. Along the way, Desi covers emergency management and case studies from past emergencies that demonstrate the design process as a proven method to solve challenges in crisis and breach.

You’ll learn a design thinking process that enables on-your-feet problem solving and rapid response in the security field. Put yourself to the test and see if you can win the game.

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Desiree Matel-Anderson

The Field Innovation Team

Desi Matel-Anderson is the chief wrangler of the Field Innovation Team (FIT) and CEO of the Global Disaster Innovation Group, LLC. FIT has deployed teams to several disasters including the Boston Marathon bombings, assisting at the scene with social media analysis; the Moore, Oklahoma, tornadoes, leading coding solutions; Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, through the building of cellular connectivity heat maps; and the Oso, Washington, mudslides, with unmanned aerial system flights, which resulted in a 3D print of the topography for incident command. The team also deploys to humanitarian crises, which have included running a robot petting zoo at the US/Mexico border and leading a women’s empowerment recovery movement after the Nepal earthquakes. Recently, her team deployed to Lebanon for the Syrian refugee crisis, supporting artificial intelligence for access to health care, establishing the power grid, and empowering refugees through evacuation routes utilizing 360-degree virtual reality capture video.

Previously, Desi was the first chief innovation advisor at FEMA, where she led the innovation team to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy to provide real-time problem solving in disaster response and recovery and ran think tanks nationwide to cultivate innovation in communities. Desi’s emergency management experience began when she volunteered in Northern Illinois University’s Office of Emergency Planning. She then worked with the Southeast Wisconsin Urban Area Security Initiative and the City of Milwaukee Office of Emergency Management. In addition to her regional emergency management duties, she worked as a nationwide assessor of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program. Desi lectures on innovation at Harvard, Yale, UC Berkeley, and several other universities across the country and serves as consultant on innovative practices and infrastructure for agencies and governments, nationally and internationally. Desi attended the National Preparedness Leadership Institute at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and School of Public Health and served on the advisory board of Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Institute in 2013. She holds a JD from Northern Illinois University.