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Howard A. Schmidt

Special Assistant to the President and
Senior Director for Cyber Security,
Office of the President

Howard A. Schmidt has had a distinguished career spanning more than 40 years in defense, law enforcement, and corporate security. He is an expert in the areas of computer security, cybercrime, critical infrastructure protection and business risks related to cyber security. He has long been a leader in the creation of public and private partnerships and information-sharing initiatives.

Mr. Schmidt was formerly the President and CEO of the Information Security Forum, a nonprofit international consortium that conducts research and develops best practices in information security, risk management and critical infrastructure protection. He has held executive roles in the private sector including Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at eBay Inc. and Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Schmidt's government service has included assignments at the White House, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).

At the White House, he was appointed as the Vice Chair of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and Special Advisor for Cyberspace Security. He served as Chief Security Strategist for the United States CERT Partners Program for the National Cyber Security Division. Mr. Schmidt also was a supervisory special agent and director of the AFOSI Computer Forensics Lab and Computer Crime and Information Warfare Division. Prior to that, he led the computer forensics team for the FBI at the National Drug Intelligence Center.

His military career includes active duty tours with the U.S. Air Force, service in the Arizona Air National Guard as a computer/communications specialist and in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Special Agent, Criminal Investigation Division where, until his retirement from the reserves, he served with the computer crime investigations unit. He has testified as an expert witness in federal and military courts in the areas of computer crime, computer forensics and Internet crime. Before working at the FBI, Mr. Schmidt was with the Chandler, Arizona Police Department.

Mr. Schmidt has held leadership roles in various non-profit professional organizations including the Information Systems Security Association, (ISC)2 and was the co-founder and first president of the Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center. In 2005 , Mr. Schmidt was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the Information Security Privacy Advisory Board. He has received numerous awards and recognitions from government and private industry including the CSO Magazine "Compass Award", Baseline Magazine's "The 50 Most Influential People in Business IT" as well as the Federal 100 Award to name just a few.

Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional. Mr. Schmidt is a Professor of Research at Idaho State University, Adjunct Professor at Georgia Tech, Information Security Center, and Adjunct Distinguished Fellow with Carnegie Mellon's CyLab and a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Privacy Institute


Biography last updated December 20, 2010