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Daniel P Bagge was appointed as the Cyber Attache of the Czech Republic to the United States and Canada as of August 2018. In this capacity, he is responsible for government to government relations in the field of cyber security. He works for the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency, and is based at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington DC. Among his duties are strengthening relations among partner organisations and entities such as the FBI, DHS and other federal agencies, also including US Congress, Department of State and the National Security Council with his parent organisation. His mandate however is broader than G2G. He is also reaching out to private industry and academia, forging partnerships with stakeholders that are essential in cybersecurity.
Until August 2018 he was the Director of Czech Cyber Security Policies, first in the National Security Authority and later in the National Cyber and Information Security Agency. In this capacity he was responsible for the implementation of the National Cyber Security Strategy which he co-authored, as well as overseeing the process of Critical Information Infrastructure Protection of the country. While being responsible for creation of the first national and international policies on cyber security in the Czech Republic, he founded the Strategic Information and Analysis Unit, Education and Exercise Unit, International Organisations and Law Unit, National Strategies and Policies Unit and the Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Unit. As part of international outreach and cooperation, he provided the expertise of his department to ACT NATO, USCYBERCOM, USAFRICOM, the US Congress and others.
He deals with the conceptualisation of threats and since 2013 has worked as the Secretary of the Cyber Security Council, chaired by the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. He is regularly invited to speak at cyber security events around the world. In 2015 he became intrigued by the use of cyber enabled activities to influence decision making on all levels of governance. This lead to publishing his book called Unmasking Maskirovka: Russia’s Cyber Influence Operations (2019).
He holds MA from the Bundeswehr University in Munich / George C Marshall Center in Germany and has studied in the Czech Republic and Israel.