After 6 editions – held twice in Brussels, and once in New  york, Iguazu, Berlin and Geneva with World-class speakers – the Trustless Computing Association is happy to announce that the 7th Free and Safe in Cyberspace Conference was held on January 29th 2020 on Paradeplatz, the financial earth of Zurich.

As in all previous editions, through 4 Challenges, we’ll explore new approaches, technologies and certifications that can radically increase the state-of-the-art of security for sensitive human digital communications and transactions – and then for other critical AI, 5G, IoT, and e-government systems – while concurrently ensuring legitimate lawful access to adequately mitigate risks for criminal abuse; in a time when even the richest person in the World, Jeff Bezos, cannot protect his digital private life.

Can both be achieved by reconceptualizing cybersecurity as the byproduct of organizational processes critically involved in the entire lifecycle of a given IT service, by eliminating all unverified trust in anything and anyone – all the way down to CPU design and fabrication oversight and ultimately standards-setting and certification governance?

Earlier on the same day, we’ll hold an invitation-only Pre-Conference, detailed below, where leading organizations will discuss and advance the main concrete initiative that has grown out of previous editions: the Trustless Computing Certification Body.



Trust Square, Poststrasse 5, Zurich. (Same location as the Conference) Board Room, 2nd floor.


Roberto Gallo

CEO of KRYPTUS. President of the Brazilian Defense Industry Association. Cofounder of the Trustless Computing Association. holds a PhD on Cybersecurity.

Levent J. Dobszay

Cybersecurity Specialist at ELECTROSUISSE. Author of the Electrosuisse study “Cybersecurity in small and medium-sized power utilities”.

Nicolas Bürer

Managing Director at DIGITAL SWITZERLAND. Swiss Business Angel of the Year 2018.

* Uwe Kissmann

President of the Cyber Security Commission of ICT SWITZERLAND. Managing Director, Cyber Security Services in Europe, Africa & Latin America ACCENTURE.

Umberto Annino

President of the Information Security Professional Association, the largest in Switzerland. Principal Cyber Security Consultant at InfoGuard. Former Head Security Governance at SIX Group.

Kai Schramm

Vice President of Security Architecture of CREDIT SUISSE. Holds a Phd in Electrical engineering with a thesis in embedded systems and applied cryptography. Specialist in Smart Card Security, R&D, Side Channel attacks.

Paul Foster

Head of Strategy & Business Development at TRUSTLESS.AI. Former Group Chief of Endpoint Security at HSBC Bank. (Via Video Conference)

Paolo Lezzi

Founder & CEO of In The Cyber Group, cybersecurity group owning of Memento Labs (formerly Hacking Team). Chairman of the Cyber Warfare Conference.

Monique Morrow

President of VETRI Foundation. Former Global Chief Technology Officer Evangelist of CISCO. Renowned IT security and privacy expert and advocate.

* Adolf Doerig

Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Advanced Cyber Security of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.
CEO of Doerig + Partners.

* Frank-Jürgen Richter

Chairman of Horasis. Former Head of Department of Bosch. Former Director at World Economic Forum.

Rufo Guerreschi

Executive Director of the Trustless Computing Association. CEO of its spin-off TRUSTLESS.AI. Founder of the Free and Safe in Cyberspace conference series.

Adrian Perrig

Director of the Network Security Group at ETH Zurich – Department of Computer Science.. Founder of the SCION Project.

* Cancelled last minute for medical reasons or travel problems.”

pre-CONFERENCE - program

The Free and Safe in Cyberspace Pre-Conference, earlier on the same afternoon (3-5 pm) and at the same venue of the 7th Free and Safe in Cyberspace Conference. (5-9 pm). The Pre-Conference is a round table with mostly-Swiss entities (or in some case individuals) interested to some preliminary or to an advanced extent to join as members, partners or supporting partners of the Trustless Computing Certification Body, in technical, end-user or governance roles, and with possible partial time-limited exclusivity. Discussions will be in the format of a round table, with slides, confidential and subject to Chatam House Rules.

The Pre-Conference aims are mainly to (A) coalesce a consensus on the basic tenets and paradigms and governance of a new to-be-established Trustless Computing Certification Body, and (B) lead a few more leading large banks, private banks, mobile device/equipment manufacturers, industry associations, enterprises, open secure IT firms to join our current R&D partners, in the form of founding members of such new body to be established di Swizterland in the next 2 months.

Confidential and in progress. If interested to join, please email rufo@trustlesscomputing.org

Round Table Program

3.00 pm – Intro to the Trustless Computing Certification Body, by Rufo Guerreschi
3.20 pm – Intro by Electrosuisse
3.30 pm – Intros and Deliberative Discussions
4.45 pm – Conclusions
5.55 pm – Final Coffee
5.00 pm – End (30minutes later starts the FSC7 Conference)


In line with the stature of the speakers to the 6 previous editions, the 7th edition be centererd on the 4 Challenges of Free and Safe in Cyberspace, but with a special emphasis on Switzerland, private banking and mobile security:

5.00 pm – Open Doors
5.30 pm – Opening Keynote
by Nicolas Bürer, Digital Swizterland. The prospects of new Swiss standards and certification initiatives and its unique role as a locus of trust and neutrality.”

  • Rufo Guerreschi. Exec. Dir. of the Trustless Computing Association. Creator of the Free and Safe in Cyberspace series, and founder of the spin-off startup TRUSTLESS.AI.
  • VideoLink


  • Roberto Gallo. CEO fo Kryptus. President of the Brazilian Defense Industry Association. Cofounder of the Trustless Computing Association. VideoLink
  • Adrian Perrig.  Director of the Network Security Group at ETH Zurich – Department of Computer Science. Founder of the SCION Project.  VideoLink
  • Gerhard Knecht. Former Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Information Security Services of UNISYS. Senior Advisor of TRUSTLESS.AI and Trustless Computing Association.


How can we provide ordinary citizens access affordable and user-friendly IT services with levels of trustworthiness that are radically-unprecedented and meaningfully-abiding to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at least for their most sensitive computing?
Can we re-create in cyberspace a meaningful digital private sphereWhat are the key paradigms needed to achieve this goal? What is the role of uncompromisingly “zero trust” security-by-design paradigms, via transparent and extreme review and oversight of all critical lifecycle components and processes? Can we realistically secure enough CPU design and chip fabrication oversight? What are the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of free/open source software? What is the role of formal verification? What is the role of public security-review by “ethical” experts? How about quantum computing, artificial intelligence and blockchain?
Can citizen-witness and citizen-jury processes help secure the supply-chain? What is the role of certification and oversight governance?  What scale of investments are needed? Can we imagine a parallel hardware and software ultra-secure computing universe, as a user-friendly supplement to every-day computing devices?  Read more.

06:20 pm – Coffee break

  • Adolf Doerig. Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Advanced Cyber Security of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. CEO of Doerig + Partners.
  • Paolo LezziFounder & CEO of In The Cyber Group, cybersecurity group owner of Hacking Team. Chairman of the Cyber Warfare Conference. VideoLink
  • Rufo Guerreschi. Exec. Dir of Trustless Computing Association and CEO of its spinoff startup TRUSTLESS.AI
  • It is becoming evident that availability of IT for human communications, that provide constitutionally-meaningful levels of digital privacy, cannot be expected unless these will be reliably subject to government interception when legitiamately authorized to do so.
  • Can providers of ultra-high assurance IT reliably and voluntarily (i.e. in addition to what is requried by law) offer compliance mechanisms for legitimate lawful access needs, while overall reducing risks for both privacy of users and public safety?
  • If so, how? What novel paradigms, safeguards or certification processes are needed?
  • Can the same extreme technical and human organizational safeguards – that are needed to ensure ultra-high levels of IT assurance – also enable “safe enough” voluntary compliance to lawful access requests – at least in some EU states – that overall reduce the risk of privacy rights abuse of end-users by anyone to levels that are radically or substantially lower than any of the other alternative secure IT systems (existing or in development) which do not offer such voluntary processing?
  • Could the inevitable added risk be essentially shifted from technical systems to novel highly-resilient organizational processes? Could or should such processes rely on a IT provider-managed data/key recovery schemes that are certified and overseen by a (primarily non-governmental) radically citizen-accountable, independent and competent international certification body?
  • Read more

06:50 pm – Coffee break


  • ANNETT VIEHWEG.    CEO and Chairman for Switzerland of Sberbank, the largest bank in Russia.
  • PAUL FOSTER:    Head of Strategy of TRUSTLESS.AI. Former Group Chief of Endpoint Security at HSBC Bank. VideoLink
  • KAI SCHRAMM.     Vice President of Security Architecture of Credit Suisse. 
    Specialist in Smart Card Security, side-channel attacks and research. Holds a PhD in Electrical engineering in embedded systems and applied cryptography. 


ARIE MALZ.  Special Adviser to the Swiss Ministry of Finance. Formerly Head of the Secretariat of the Commission on the Future of Data Processing and Data Security of the Swiss Federal CouncilVideoLink


  • Information and IT Security is a major and unsolved challenge for the SME in Switzerland. This is a crucial issue because SME are the backbone of the Swiss economy. On the other hand, the larger SMEs are forced to invest in digitization and digitalization to remain competitive. This creates an environment of great risks for IP theft, blackmail, insecurity, unknown risks, and long-term distrust, in B2C as well as in the B2B context. Yet, up to now the overwhelming majority of their cybercrime costs for these companies undiscovered or undisclosed underreported to avoid reputational damage resulting in the fact that a vast majority of the SME either underestimate the risk, underinvest and primarily misallocate investments in capabilities and know-how to cope with these challenges.
  • Can the application of uncompromising security-by-design be the answer to protecting at least the most sensitive SME data and processes? If so how do we define it and measure it? What is the role of proper standards-setting and certification bodies?


  • Umberto Annino. President of the Information Security Professional Association, the largest in Switzerland. Principal Cyber Security Consultant at InfoGuard. VideoLink
  • Monique Morrow. President of VETRI Foundation. Former Global Chief Technology Officer Evangelist of CISCO. Renowned IT security and privacy expert and advocate. VideoLink
  • Roberto Gallo. CEO fo KryptusPresident of the Brazilian Defense Industry AssociationCofounder of the Trustless Computing Association.


Current attempts to radically increase the trustworthiness of critical IT systems are often centered on the pursuit of scientific breakthroughs in the area of artificial intelligencequantum computing and cryptography, blockchains, and new protocols, such as zero-knowledge proof, and end-2-end and homomorphic encryption. Meanwhile, a few security-by-design or blockchain initiatives are taking a more holistic, short-term and trustless approach, centered on opentime-provenbattle-tested – yet future-aware – technologies and processes; transparent oversight down to critical hardware design and fabrication; a transparent resolution with extreme safeguards of the lawful access needs; and more accountable and resilient certification and ecosystem governance models.

07:50 pm – Coffee break


  • Frank-Jürgen Richter, Chairman of the Horasis Global. Former Head of Department at Bosch. Former Director at World Economic Forum.
  • Levente Dobszay. Cybersecurity Specialist at Electrosuisse. Dobszay has been leading Electrosuisse expansion from standards-setting and certification of safety-critical Swiss energy infrastructure to that of its most critical IT systems for human computing. 
  • Rufo Guerreschi. Exec. Dir. of the Trustless Computing Association. Founder & CEO of its spin-off startup TRUSTLESS.AI. Creator of the Free and Safe in Cyberspace series. 
  • Uwe Kissmann. Accenture Europe Lead for Cyber Defence Services and as president of the national Swiss Cybersecurity Commission of ICT Switzerland


Recent calls for international treaties or new ethics for the trustworthiness of IT or AI systems – such as Tech Accord, Charter of Trust, Call of Paris or a Digital Geneva Convention – are crucial to raising awareness. Yet, none of them tackles head-on the need for trustworthy cybersecurity certifications to enforce the oversight of treaties or enact the principles of such declarations. 
How can such certification bodies increase the resilience and “forensic friendliness”, to radically improve resistance against attacks and confidence about attacks attribution? What constituent processes can ensure a timely, effective and democratically-efficient implementation – by a critical mass of actors – of meaningfully-enforceable national policies or international treaties for ultra-high assurance IT standards-setting and certification processes? 

8.30 pm – Drinks & Networking

For more, click here to read our Backgrounder on the 4 Challenge of Free and Safe in Cyberspace.



The Trustless Computing Association is a non-profit organization, based in Zurich, that has aggregated World-class partners and advisors to build open IT technologies, certifications and ecosystems that can deliver levels of trustworthiness that are radically higher than state-of-the-art.Together with its spin-off startup TRUSTLESS.AI – based in Zurich – the associaiton has been building (1) Trustless Computing Certification Body, a new IT security standards-setting, certification body, aimed at radically-unprecedented levels of trustworthiness, while at once solidly enabling legit lawful access and (2) building the Seevik Pod and Net, an initial open computing base, ecosystem and IT device, compliant to such new certifications.

Roberto Gallo

CEO of KRYPTUS. President of the Brazilian Defense Industry Association. Cofounder of the Trustless Computing Association.

Roberto Gallo has a Ph.D. degree in cyber security, and is an H2 member. He has been working in the Information Security Industry for more than 18 years focusing on raising the bar on behalf of his customers. Leading a unique team at KRYPTUS as CEO and Chief Scientist, he has had the privilege to help his clients to stay protected and anticipate countermeasures for the future, advanced threats. As coordinator of the Cybernetics Committee at the Brazilian Defense Industry Association, he aims to transform the Brazilian Industry and Stakeholders into world class players. His personal skills and interests include entrepreneurship, business development, defense, awareness building, risk analysis, hardening, system engineering, complex system integration, architectural vulnerability analysis, and cryptography. Some of his information security projects include the development of the hardware security architecture of the Brazilian voting machines (T-DRE, Urna Eletrônica), with more than 400.000 devices manufactured, the development of the ASI-HSM, the HSM of the Brazilian PKI-root CA and the sole device with the highest Brazilian certification level (NSF2-NSH3, FIPS 140-2 Level 4 compatible), and the development of the first Secure Microprocessor of the south hemisphere, the SCuP, iv) LinkBR2, a secure airborne datalink solution.

Levent J. Dobszay

Cybersecurity Specialist at ELECTROSUISSE. Author of the Electrosuisse study “Cybersecurity in small and medium-sized power utilities”.

Levente J. Dobszay is a cybersecurity specialist at Electrosuisse, the Professional Association for Electrical Engineering, Power and Information Technologies and the Swiss non-governmental standardization body for electrical engineering. He accompanies industrial SMEs on the subject of cybersecurity and gives cybersecurity courses. As a computer science engineer with an Executive Master in General Management, he has more than thirty years of professional experience in various IT functions and disciplines in industry, banking and public administration, both on the provider and the customer side. He is the author of the Electrosuisse study “Cybersecurity in small and medium sized power utilities” and a speaker at conferences.

Nicolas Bürer

Managing Director at DIGITAL SWITZERLAND. Swiss Business Angel of the Year 2018.

studied Physics at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. After several years in management consulting and young startups, he then went on to co-found MOVU, of which he still is Chairman. Movu has been acquired through a Swiss insurance Group in 2017. Since October 2016, Nicolas Bürer is Managing Director at digitalswitzerland. Nicolas is one of the 100 “2019 Who is Who” and „2018 Who is Who“ of the Swiss Economy and has been awarded as 2018 „Swiss Business Angel of the Year“. He is a passionate entrepreneur and startup investor.


Uwe Kissmann

Managing Director Cyber Defence Services Accenture EMEA & President Cyber Security Commission of ICT Switzerland

Uwe Kissmann – a Swiss national – heads the Cyber Security Business of Accenture in the EALA (Europe, Africa & Latin America) region. He is charged with the positioning and the provision of professional cyber security services & solutions in almost all aspects of Information- and Cyber Security to Accentures clients in that region.

Umberto Annino

President of the Information Security Professional Association, the largest in Switzerland. Principal Cyber Security Consultant at InfoGuard. Former Head Security Governance at SIX Group.

President of the Information Security Society Switzerland, the largest in Switzerland. Principal Cyber Security Consultant at InfoGuard. Former Head Security Governance at SIX GroupMember of the Cybersecurity Advisory Board of SATW (Swiss Academy for Engineering Sciences)
Umberto Annino holds an advanced federal diploma of higher education in ICT-Security and MIS/ICT. He has been working in ICT since 1992 and has experience in application and system development, project management and information security management & security consulting.

Kai Schramm

Vice President of Security Architecture of CREDIT SUISSE.

Vice President of Security Architecture of Credit Suisse. Security Expert with over 15 years of experience. He started his caree as a specialist in Smart Card Security and Side Channel attacks and subsequenttly worked on topics such as cyber risk management, development of the security strategies and taget reference architectures driving strategic investment decisions. Holds a Phd in Electrical engineering with a focus on embedded systems security.  Holds CISSP, CCSP, CISA certifications. Has worked in Germany, Switzerland, UK, USA and Japan, in large and small corporate environment and in the banking sector for the last ten years.

Paul Foster

Head of Strategy & Business Development at TRUSTLESS.AI. Former Group Chief of Endpoint Security at HSBC Bank. (Via Video Conference)

Innovator and technology evangelist, a cybersecurity expert with over 25 years banking experience. Currently head of Strategy & Business Development at TRUSTLESS.AI and CISO at Cybersec Innovation Partners. Formerly Global Head of Endpoint Security at HSBC – the World 2nd largest non-Chinese bank – responsible for Endpoint (all platforms), Cloud and Virtualisation security and strategy globally. Savings of $3M per year by strategically reducing endpoint agent bloat. $4M reduction in support costs reducing service failures by 25%. SME for security solutions such as Crowdstrike, Menlo and Tanium, helping to shape and improve the products working closely with their development teams.

Paolo Lezzi

Founder & CEO of In The Cyber Group, cybersecurity group owning of Memento Labs (formerly Hacking Team). Chairman of the Cyber Warfare Conference.

Experienced Chairman with a demonstrated history of working in the computer and network security industry. Skilled in Business Planning, Advanced Cyber Security, Sales Management, Public Speaking, and  IT  strategy.  strong entrepreneurship professional with an electronic engineer focused on company management from Politecnico di Milano.

Monique Morrow

President of VETRI Foundation. Former Global Chief Technology Officer Evangelist of CISCO.

Monique spent 16 years at Cisco, where she became the company’s first Services CTO and spearheaded Cisco’s transition to services as the core piece of their offerings portfolio. After leaving Cisco, she founded The Humanized Internet, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide persistent, secure, global intelligent digital identity to the world’s population. Monique has several patents to her name, amongst them “Cloud Framework for Multi-Cloud Extension” and “Deep Learning Bias Detection in Text”. She is also recognized as one of the most influential technology leaders worldwide. Monique has earned honours that include Top 100 CIOs for 2016 (CIO.com), Top Women in Cloud Innovations Award 2016 (CloudNow), Top 10 Influential IT Women in Europe (Think Progress), 2015 Women of M2M/IoT (Connected World Magazine), and 2014 GEM-TECH Award (ITU and UN). Monique initially joined VETRI as an advisor. Upon the establishment of the VETRI Foundation, she took up the mandate as president of the foundation and in this role provides valuable guidance on strategy and governance.

Adolf Doerig

Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Advanced Cyber Security of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. CEO of Doerig + Partners.

Chairman for Advisory Board of Advanced Cyber Security of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is also founder and Managing Partner of “Doerig + Partner Ltd”, Management consulting with a focus to solutions in Information Security, Cyber security and Risk Management, Governance & Compliance. After having completed his studies in mechanical engineering and a post graduate in Computer Science and System Engineering, he gained a large amount of leadership and consulting experiences in international business and ICT projects as a Partner in Big 4 Audit and Consulting firms. He worked mostly in the Finance, Pharma, Telecom and High tech Industry. Mr. Dörig is a frequent guest speaker at Business, ICT and Risk Management related events. He acts as an expert in the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences and he is an advisory board member of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne.

Frank-Jürgen Richter

Chairman of Horasis. Former Head of Department of Bosch. Former Director at World Economic Forum.

Chairman of Horasis – a global visions community dedicated to inspiring our future. Horasis is using its unrivaled history of partnership with corporations from emerging markets to create a powerful platform for cooperation between emerging and developed markets. The flagship events are the Horasis Global Meeting as well as regional summits focusing on China, India, and Southeast Asia.  Prior to founding Horasis, Dr. Richter was a Director of the World Economic Forum. He was Former Head of Department at Bosch. He has developed extensive experience and knowledge on the world’s economic, business and political scene and of its key players. As one of the leading analysts of international business, he influences major business and governmental decisions with his public commentary. . He also lived, studied and worked in Asia for almost a decade, principally in Tokyo and in Beijing where he developed and managed European Multinationals’ China operations

Rufo Guerreschi

Executive Director of the Trustless Computing AssociationCEO of its spin-off TRUSTLESS.AIFounder of the Free and Safe in Cyberspace conference series.

Executive Director of the Trustless Computing Association. CEO of  TRUSTLESS.AI Founder of the Free and Safe in Cyberspace conference series. IT security entrepreneur, expert and activist with 20 years of experience. Founded and exited e-democracy startup Participatory Technologies. At 4thpass, acquired by Motorola, he sold +$10M java mobile app stores, including to Telefonica. Founder of the Trustless Computing Association. Launched the Free and Safe in Cyberspace event series.As CEO at Open Media Park, he brought the valuation of the planned EU’s 2nd largest IT/media park from €3m to €21m.

Adrian Perrig

Director of the Network Security Group at ETH Zurich – Department of Computer Science.. Founder of the SCION Project.

Adrian Perrig is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, where he leads the network security group. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at CyLab. From 2002 to 2012, he was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, and Computer Science (courtesy) at Carnegie Mellon University, becoming Full Professor in 2009. From 2007 to 2012, he served as the technical director for Carnegie Mellon’s Cybersecurity Laboratory (CyLab). He earned his MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and spent three years during his PhD at the University of California at Berkeley. He received his BSc degree in Computer Engineering from EPFL. Adrian’s research revolves around building secure systems — in particular his group is working on the SCION secure Internet architecture.