Benedikt Abendroth is a senior security program manager for Azure Sphere, an IoT solution from Microsoft that spans hardware, Linux-based OS and the Cloud. In his current role, he is responsible for security assurance, security incident response and engagements with the research community. Prior to Azure Sphere, Benedikt led Microsoft’s Digital Diplomacy team in their IoT & AI cybersecurity policy. His professional experience in the private, public, non-governmental, and military sectors includes work with Microsoft Research, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the German Council on Foreign Relations, and an NGO in Cairo during the aftermath of the Arab Spring. He has a background in economics, international relations, public policy, as well as information security and has studied in Germany, the Netherlands and the United States. Benedikt also served in Airborne reconnaissance and human intelligence operations, including a deployment to Afghanistan with the German Armed Forces.