As cyber security has evolved in the new world of distributed computing, there have been dramatic changes to the nature of our security needs. Howard Schmidt discusses the issues that affect large enterprises, small and medium business, and end users.

Howard Schmidt talks about common threats, and the possibility of frameworks which would protect ourselves, our civil rights and our privacy while ensuring improved security.

About the speakers

  • Howard Schmidt

    President and CEO, R & H Security Consulting LLC, Former White House Cyber Security Advisor

    Howard A. Schmidt has had a long distinguished career in defense, law enforcement and corporate security spanning almost 40 years. He has served as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist for online auction giant eBay. In the fall of 2004 he assumed the position of Chief Security Strategist for the US CERT Partners Program for the National Cyber Security Division. He retired from the White House after 31 years of public service. He was appointed by President Bush as the Vice Chair of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and as the Special Adviser for Cyberspace Security for the White House in December 2001. He assumed the role as the Chair in January 2003 until his retirement in May 2003. Prior to the White House, Howard was chief security officer for Microsoft Corp., where his duties included CISO, CSO and forming and directing the Trustworthy Computing Security Strategies Group.