Schmidt appointed Information Security Forum president

Security expert Professor Howard Schmidt been appointed as the first president of the Information Security Forum (ISF), the not-for-profit association of 300 of the world’s largest corporations and public sector bodies.

Schmidt has already had a career in defense, law enforcement and corporate security that spans almost 40 years. As well as serving as the CISO and chief security strategist at eBay, and as chief security officer for Microsoft, he has also spent 31 years in US local and federal government. He was appointed as vice chair of the US Government’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, and as special advisor for cyberspace security to the White House. Most recently he was chief strategist for the US CERT Partners Program of the National Cyber Security

His international roles include membership on the Permanent Stakeholders Group (PSG) for the European Network Information Security Agency (ENISA), and as an International Advisory Board member to the International Multilateral Partnership against Cyber Terrorism (IMPACT) led by the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

He is also a member of the High Level Experts Group for the ITU’s Global Cyber Security Agenda.  Howard is a member of the board and security strategist for (ISC)2, the global standard for information security certifications and immediately prior to joining the ISF was President and CEO of R & H Security Consulting LLC.

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