Professor Howard A. Schmidt has been appointed as the first President of the Information Security Forum.
With a career spanning 40 years of work in defence, law enforcement and corporate security, Mr Schmidt has served as the CISO and chief security strategist at eBay and as chief security officer for Microsoft Corp. He also spent 31 years in US local and federal government and 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 Division of the Department of Homeland Security.
Howard Schmidt said: “Information security is no longer just a technical challenge, it is a business imperative and is, or should be, on the top of boardroom agendas in every corporation. I will strive to help raise greater awareness of the information security challenges faced today - from the increase in cybercrime to the growing burden of compliance. Companies need to adopt a risk management perspective and recognise that information security is business driven and not crisis driven.”
Kim Aarenstrup, chairman of the ISF and Group Head of Information Security at the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group, said: “It is clear that Howard's unparalleled experience and knowledge will make a major contribution to the future of the ISF and its Members. He will also be driving our ambitious plans to expand the scale and reach of the ISF, building on our existing Membership from Europe and Scandinavia through the Americas to the Middle East, India, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Rim.”