Howard Schmidt

Howard Schmidt serves as a partner in the strategic advisory firm, Ridge Schmidt Cyber -- an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. He serves in this position with Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.  He also serves as executive director of The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode).

He served as special assistant to the president and the cybersecurity coordinator for the federal government. In this role Schmidt was responsible for coordinating interagency cybersecurity policy development and implementation and for coordinating engagement with federal, state, local, international and private sector cybersecurity partners.

Previously, Schmidt was the president and CEO of the Information Security Forum (ISF). Before ISF, he served as vice president and chief information security officer and chief security strategist for eBay Inc., and formerly operated as the chief security officer for Microsoft Corp. He also served as chief security strategist for the US-CERT Partners Program for the Department of Homeland Security.

Schmidt also brings to bear over 26 years of military service. Beginning active duty with the Air Force, he later joined the Arizona Air National Guard. With the Air Force he served in a number of military and civilian roles culminating as supervisory special agent with the Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He finished his last 12 years as an Army Reserve special agent with Criminal Investigation Division’s (CID) Computer Crime Unit, all while serving over a decade as police officer with the Chandler Police Department.

Howard Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters. He was an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech, GTISC, professor of research at Idaho State University, an adjunct distinguished fellow with Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab and a distinguished fellow of the Ponemon Privacy Institute.

Howard is a Ham Radio operator (W7HAS), a private pilot, outdoorsman and an avid Harley-Davidson rider. He is married to Raemarie J. Schmidt, a forensic scientist and researcher and instructor in the field of computer forensics. Together, they are proud parents and happy grandparents.

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