Dr. Swantje Westpfahl is the acting director of the Institute for Security and Safety at the Brandenburg University for Applied Sciences. Holding a PhD in the interdisciplinary field of linguistics and machine learning she is experienced in a variety of scientific methods, and in the coordination and organization of research and educational projects. At the Institute for Security and Safety her main objectives are the strategic development of the institute and the expansion of cooperation projects. Thus, she’s also the personal point of contact for all cooperation partners. She coordinates the research and development as well as the capacity building activities of the Institute, especially with a focus on new developments in cyber security, e.g. with respect to the energy and automotive industry. As a key point of contact with international institutions, she is the ISS’s representative at the United Nations OEWG on ICT in the context of international security and also, together with ISS Director Guido Gluschke, in UNECE’s WP.29 GRVA. Her main areas of expertise are security culture, capacity building and didactics, and cyber security in international relations.