Merike Käo

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Organization: Double Shot Security
Affiliation: SSAC
Region: North America
Country: USA
Email: merike [at]
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   Merike Käo

Merike Käo is the Founder and CEO of Double Shot Security.[1] She is the SSAC Liaison to ICANN's Board of Directors from 2018 to 2021.[2] She has over 25 years of experience in pioneering Internet technology deployment and developing strategic security initiatives. Kaeo launched and led the first security initiative for Cisco Systems in the mid-1990s and authored the first Cisco book on security, Designing Network Security, which has been translated into multiple languages and widely used in security accreditation programs.[3]

She has held a variety of executive leadership positions and has a deep-rooted history in the global Internet community. Kaeo has contributed to:

Community Building

She often serves as a panelist and keynote speaker for disseminating and promoting strategies to create stable, resilient, and safe digital environments. In 2007, Kaeo was central in fostering cooperation and trust among the global operational security community and the Estonian National CERT during the cyber attacks against Estonia.[4]

ICANN Involvement and Internet Goverance

Kaeo is the SSAC liaison to the ICANN Board and has been a member of the SSAC since 2010. Kaeo has attended many ICANN meetings, including ICANN 49 in Singapore.[2]

Current Committees

Kaeo is a longstanding member of the IEEE. She is a pioneer member of ISOC and has been active in IETF since 1992. She was named an IPv6 Forum Fellow in 2007 for raising awareness of IPv6-related security paradigms. Kaeo participated in the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) and served a one-year term on the ARIN Board of Trustees in 2017.


Kaeo earned a B.S.E.E. from Rutgers University and an M.S.E.E. from George Washington University.

Personal Life

She is fluent in Estonian, German, and English.