February 9th, 2024 meeting

DATE:February 9th, 2024
TIME:2:00pm to 4:00pm (PST)
VENUE:Zoom Online meeting
TOPIC:Why are US-based high-tech companies continuing to accrue the largest fines ever in the EU? What is the disconnect between EU public policy makers and US-based high-tech companies?


2023 marks the 10-year anniversary of Edward Snowden leaking those classified documents about U.S. national security intelligence and surveillance. Are the French, Germans, and other nations in the European Economic Area still concerned about the potential for overreach by U.S. intelligence operations? The answer is yes, very concerned.

Some have suggested that the U.S. has weaponized the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the CLOUD Act to wage economic espionage against Western European nations among others. Can this be true – what does the available data reveal? Why are CISOs and security teams in the EU so concerned about U.S. government access to data? What do European-based CISOs, and other executives know that you don’t?

Join high-tech industry insider and author, Tim Rains, for a deep dive into these questions.


Tim Rains is an internationally recognized cybersecurity executive, strategist, advisor, and author of the popular book Cybersecurity Threats, Malware Trends, and Strategies. Currently, Tim is Vice President Trust & Cyber Risk at T-Mobile where he leads cybersecurity strategy, architecture, risk management, conformance, assurance, vulnerability management, and Business Information Security Officers (BISOs). Tim is a Subcommittee Member on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) helping to develop cybersecurity recommendations for the President of the United States.

Previously, Tim was the Global Security Lead for Worldwide Public Sector at Amazon Web Services helping start AWS’s Public Sector business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before that, he was Executive Director Cybersecurity Strategy at the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, leading cybersecurity strategy and architecture for a dozen casino-hotel-resorts and the world’s largest private airline. Tim spent 17 years at Microsoft in numerous roles including Global Chief Security Advisor; Director of Security, Identity, and Enterprise Mobility; Director of Trustworthy Computing; and founding Technical Lead of Microsoft’s customer-facing Security Incident Response Team.