The Honorable Howard A. Schmidt CISSP

Vice Chair
President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board

Mr. Howard A. Schmidt was appointed by President George W. Bush as a Special Assistant to the President and the Vice Chair of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board in December 2001. The Cyber Security board supports Dr. Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor and Gov. Tom Ridge, Director of Homeland Security. The Cyber Security Board focuses on building a specialized group of senior government and private sector leaders to focus on cyber security issues and coordination of security related incidents.

Previously, Howard was chief security officer for Microsoft Corp., overseeing the Security Strategies Group, which was responsible for ensuring the development of a trusted computing environment via auditing, policy, best practices and incubation of security products and practices.

Before Microsoft, Mr. Schmidt was a supervisory special agent and director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Computer Forensic Lab and Computer Crime and Information Warfare Division. While there, he established the first dedicated computer forensic lab in the government. The AFOSI specialized in investigating intrusions in government and military systems by unauthorized persons in counterintelligence organizations and criminals.

Before working at AFOSI, Mr. Schmidt was with the FBI at the National Drug Intelligence Center, where he headed the Computer Exploitation Team. He is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of computer forensics and computer evidence collection. Before working at the FBI, Mr. Schmidt was a city police officer from 1983 to 1994 for the Chandler Police Department in Arizona.

Mr. Schmidt served with the U.S. Air Force in various roles from 1967 to 1983, both in active duty and in the civil service. He has served in the military reserves since 1989 and currently serves as a credentialed special agent in the U.S. Army Reserves, Criminal Investigation Division. He has testified as an expert witness in federal and military courts in the areas of computer crime, computer forensics and Internet activity.

Mr. Schmidt had also served as the international president of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and the Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC). He is a former executive board member of the International Organization of Computer Evidence, and served as the co-chairman of the Federal Computer Investigations Committee. He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists. He served as an advisory board member for the Technical Research Institute of the National White Collar Crime Center, and is a distinguished special lecturer at the University of New Haven, Conn., teaching a graduate certificate course in forensic computing. He served as an augmented member to the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology in the formation of an Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection. Schmidt was one of 29 industry leaders called to the White House to meet with President Clinton on cybersecurity. He has testified before a joint committee on computer security, and has been instrumental in the creation of public and private partnerships and information-sharing initiatives.

Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in organizational management.

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