Peter Hacker

Peter Hacker

Expert Cybercrime, Cyberrisks & Digital Revolution

Speaker biography

Peter Hacker: Every company will be hacked. The question is when and are you prepared?

Peter Hacker: The digital revolution, innovation and cybercrime go often hand in hand. They are like magnets and represent three fundamental issues for the board, ministerial level and our society.

Peter Hacker talks about bare facts and asks questions that can be uncomfortable, but at the same time are inevitable and help you stay on the front foot. He describes to his audience these alarming developments using real and first hand examples, shows how the present will transform in the future and explains defense and growth options.

Over the past 15 years, Peter Hacker has worked with Top Managements from insurance, banking, critical infrastructure, retail, telecommunications, media and technology companies across more than 90 countries. Being a global Cyber Expert and Risk Thought Leader in Financial Services, his global expertise is sought after by International and Regional Organizations, Regulators and Rating Agencies. In 2019 these included the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the financial regulators in Singapore (MAS) and England (PRA), the Singapore Reinsurance Association (SRA), the International Insurance Society (IIS) in New York and the rating agency Standard & Poor’s in Germany.

Before co-founding Distinction.Global, an independent observatory for cyber security and risk in 2018, Peter Hacker held senior positions in the Financial Services and ICT Industries in London, New York, Singapore and Zurich. In 2019, he published a research paper for the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the Singapore Reinsurance Association (SRA) and some leading Asian and European Financial Institutions analyzing potential economic and insurance cost following emerging threats (non-kinetic warfare) and disaster scenarios (cloud provider failure, power outage) in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Peter Hacker Speaking Topics

Cybercrime: Unlocking the mystery at Board Level
Five years ago, Cyber Security was not in front of minds of most boards. 10 years ago, most boards even did not know what the term meant. Today most boards are paying attention, some more than others. People are starting to realize whatever this thing is, and what it means. Chief Executive Officer can get fired.

Any Company or Director can become victim of Cybercrime at any time. It’s just a matter of ‘WHEN AND NOT IF’ an attack occurs. If you want to survive a catastrophic cyber incident in today’s world, you better think outside the classic IT-Security box, understand your fiduciary duties and stress test in real terms your response plan and incident partners. Cybercrime is a business and not just a technical issue. The enterprise is at risk if not handled appropriately.

Cybercrime and Cyber Warfare
The arms race backed by artificial intelligence and state-sponsored actors shifts towards corporations. This is a war without a classic warrior. It doesn’t matter whether it’s automatic or autonomous. Cyber weapons, like Tomahawk Missiles, are just as disastrous, but even faster and more fatal for balance sheets and nations.

Internet of everything: disruptive, global, complex
Artificial intelligence makes things of our everyday life come to life. These network with people, but also with things. It changes us all. Our society is evolving into a mega-computer that allows security measures to be taken while at the same time promoting growth, better understanding our customers and changing our society, but this comes at a price. Are we prepared to pay it?

Digital revolution (AI): survival in the 21st century
We live in a fascinating time, in which the only constant is change. In some cases, the change rates are already beyond our ability to keep up and respond effectively. We would do well to treat future opportunities and risks through artificial intelligence (AI) with equal priority. In a networked world, cyber attacks by AI have the potential to be a destructive weapon for companies, industries and states of all kinds.

Fake news, extortion and espionage in a hyper-connected world
Our future will be less predictable, more unpredictable, more vulnerable and more exciting. States are fighting for supremacy in digitalization. Technology providers, individuals, hacker organizations and terrorist groups are changing the security situation. Thanks to networking, viruses, malware and codes offer new means of power and violence. It’s a known unknown world.

The power strategy of artificial intelligence: utopia or reality
The fight between California, Moscow and Shenzhen takes already place, and marches fast on the second half of the chessboard. Some believe data, data analysis, data thieves and artificial intelligence are the pillars for power and the world’s future conquest. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. However, our society and politics are changing rapidly today.

Social organization: Quo vadis society?
We are still at the beginning of the digital era. Governments, the global economy and regulatory bodies are challenged. Digitalization is driving a geopolitical reorganization. The future brings new forms, intelligent cities, living and autonomous driving, but also the danger of increased electronic warfare (‘non-kinetic warfare’), a shift of power and possibly distrust, exponentially increased and unwelcomed dependenc

Peter Hacker holds a university degree in economics from the HWZ University of Applied Sciences Zurich, a dual MBA Degree from London Business School (LBS) and Columbia Business School (CBS) NY (both with distinction/honors). In 2004 he got nominated for the international honorary society “Beta Gamma Sigma”. Peter Hacker speaks fluently English, German, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

With more than 250 presentations and board advisory sessions globally over the last 10 years, Peter Hacker is considered as one of the leading Experts and Thought Leaders in Cybercrime and Digital Revolution.



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