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Munich Chapter - Monthly Meeting March 2018 - A Cyber Security Debate
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 19:00 to 23:00
Location: Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

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Munich Chapter - Monthly Meeting March 2018 - A Cyber Security Debate

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Up, Up and Away – A Theoretical "Hot Air Balloon" Event – A Cybersecurity Debate

Panelists: Willem Bulthuis, Michael Ricks, Bettina Wawretscheck, Jamie Wilkie, Rainer Witzgall

Moderator: Ralph Phillips

When: Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Time: Registration starts 1830; meeting starts at 1900, dinner buffet around 2050.

Where: Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

Cost: EUR 25.00 for members, Eur 35.00 for guests (incl. Dinner buffet)

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Come join us for an AGBC Munich first – our Hot-Air Balloon Cyber Security debate.


The scene: Imagine 5 contestants riding in a hot air balloon, along with the moderator. The balloon is losing altitude with no more ballast on board so we need to jettison people.

The topic: Various points of view on cyber security.

The approach: 4 suspenseful rounds of debate with each contestant having 3 minutes to expound. Who will make it with the balloon safely to the ground? After each round, the audience votes on the contestants that they want to hear more from. The participant with the fewest votes then “parachutes to the ground.” By the end of the 4th round, we have 2 “survivors” who land the balloon – the winner and the moderator.

The success ingredients: Cyber security is a topic which allows contrarian opinions and supports good speakers. A successful speaker captures the audience's attention in the early rounds but does not use all of her or his ammunition too early - the winner needs four interesting pitches.

The moderator: He explains the rules to the audience, watches the time, conducts the voting and generally runs the proceedings.

The contestants: Each has a strong but varying position, taking a role representing known parties in the security space – e.g. commercialization vs consumer protection and technology vs state and corporate security. The likely roles:

• Technology Believer: “Invest to be saved,” “Technology can solve all problems, so you better invest in it.”

• Consumer Protection Advocate: “Everything you say, can and will be used against you.”

• State and National Security Guardian: “If we can´t tap everyone, how do we find the bad guys?”

• Social Media Enthusiast: “The more followers the better, I have nothing to hide.”

• Cyber Security Pragmatist: “Breaches happen, so you be better be prepared to deal with them.” .

• Technology Libertarian/Defensive Hacker: “Who decides what´s good and what´s bad? There are many shades of grey.”

The audience: Votes to keep in the balloon the people they want to hear more from, not necessarily the ones whose roles they morally approve of.


1. This is a “first time” event - we are experimenting so please bear with us. Take notes on what you liked and on what could be improved for the next time.

2. The “Hot Air Balloonists” are playing roles and their statements do not necessarily represent their personal beliefs.

3. The scene is forward looking.

4. Limitation – other than voting on who parachutes from the balloon, there will unfortunately be little time for significant audience interaction. Please save your questions for the buffet/networking session afterwards or leave them in the Feedback Box.

Please join us for a great evening with abundant opportunities for business networking. Make sure to bring plenty of business cards !

Marriott Hotel

The meeting price for our members and guests will be paid at the door.  It includes a delicious 3-course buffet dinner and one drink.  Receipts will be available.

Online registration is needed to assure sufficient seating and to arrange the buffet dinner.  Just use the link below to register

If you have registered but finally cannot attend, please help us by unregistering prior to deadline. Please login again for that. We consider your registration as binding after the registration deadline.


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Online registration is required: Please be sure to register so that we can assure sufficient room, food and drinks!

You´ll receive a confirmation by mail, which is considered as binding. If you are a guest for the first time - please follow the general rules - a no show is a no go ! We have a badge printed ready for you and have ordered your buffet dinner !

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