He has been applying AI and Machine Learning in his own entrepreneurial career, starting back in the 90s, when he founded to develop software solutions for medical diagnostics (he was responsible for the development of the underlying machine learning technology). This was followed a media agency, applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to user interaction.
Holding a PhD in criminal law with a focus on Cybercrime he teaches law related to Cybercrime, International Criminal Law and European Criminal Law at the University of Cologne and as visiting professor at a number of global universities.
As director of the Cybercrime Research Institute – an independent global think tank dealing with Cybercrime and Cybersecurity – he focuses on advising international organizations and executive boards of major companies on issues related to the opportunities and risks of digitalization.
He is a respected expert for several international organizations among them the Council of Europe, the European Union, the United Nations and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Marco was member of the High Level Expert Group that advised the Secretary General of ITU within the process of developing the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) and is scientific advisor to Europol. As advisor he supported more than 80 countries in strengthening their capacities in relation to Cybersecurity and Cybercrime.
In addition to keynote speech and moderating events, speeches, Prof. Gercke runs customised “Cyber Incident Simulations” with governments and board members of large enterprises which allow the participants to test their abilities as they deal with sophisticated simulated cyber attacks. These simulations can be adapted to be relevant to most industry sectors and offer highly interactive and educational interaction with the audience. Prof. Gercke has carried out such simulations worldwide with numerous governments and board members of large enterprises. The simulation was also run for World Bank, the European Central Bank and the United Nations, and has been part of the Munich Security Conference program for the past several years.