No one is secure from the relentlessly morphing and multipronged threats facing the Internet. These threats are real and must be met with a cohesive and collaborative effort from both public and private sectors to increase security. What are the current R&D priorities on security, and what programs have been implemented? What can we understand about the road ahead which would help us to more effectively meet this menace?
Richard (Dick) C. Schaeffer, Jr., Information Assurance Director, National Security Agency (NSA)
Dick Schaeffer is the Information Assurance Director at the National Security Agency (NSA). The Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) is responsible for the availability of products, services, technology and standards for protecting and d... More View all posts
Dick Schaeffer is the Information Assurance Director at the National Security Agency (NSA). The Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) is responsible for the availability of products, services, technology and standards for protecting and defending our nation's critical information systems from adversaries in cyber space. IAD is a key contributor to the Information Assurance Strategy to protect the Department of Defense's (DoD) Global Information Grid (GIG) and other National Security Systems of the U.S. government. It supports ongoing military operations by delivering solutions that enable the secure and dynamic sharing of information between and across security domains at multiple classification and sensitivity levels. Collaboration and partnerships with the DoD, intelligence community, allies, academia, and industry is key to IAD's success. Additionally, IAD's partnership with colleges, universities and Service academies, through its Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) program, continues to produce a growing number of Information Assurance professionals for the government and industry workforce. Prior to leading the IA Mission at NSA, Dick was Chief of the National Security Operations Center (NSOC). NSOC manages the U.S. Cryptologic System around the clock, serving as the command-and-control center for time-sensitive operations and crisis response. Other major assignments have included IA Deputy Director; Acting Associate Director of Research; NSA Deputy Chief of Staff; and Director, Infrastructure and Information Assurance, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence). He has held positions as Chief, IA Research Office; Chief, Network Security Infrastructure Office; Deputy Chief, Office of Developmental Systems Security Evaluations; Deputy Chief, Tactical Systems Security Office; Deputy Chief, Weapons Systems Office; Chief, Special Projects Division as well as various engineering and management positions. Richard served in the United States Marine Corps, including two tours in Vietnam. Dick serves on the Board of Directors, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Central Maryland Chapter and the Board of Directors, Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA). Dick has received numerous awards including the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Meritorious Service Award (2008); the Presidential Rank Award (2005 and 1999); Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service (2001); Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence (2000); Secretary of Defense Productivity Excellence Award (1987); and NSA Meritorious Civilian Service Award (1984). Less View all posts
D. James Bidzos, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Executive Chairman, VeriSign, Inc.
James Bidzos, chairman of the board of directors, executive chairman and founder of VeriSign, is an Internet and security industry pioneer whose accomplishments include building RSA Security into the early standard-bearer for authentication... More View all posts
James Bidzos, chairman of the board of directors, executive chairman and founder of VeriSign, is an Internet and security industry pioneer whose accomplishments include building RSA Security into the early standard-bearer for authentication and encryption, and launching VeriSign as a company in 1995 to develop the digital certificate infrastructure for Internet commerce. In August 2009, VeriSign announced the appointment of James as executive chairman. James served as VeriSign's first president and CEO and also served as VeriSign's chairman of the board of directors from April 1995 until December 2001, as vice chairman from December 2001 to July 2007, and as interim CEO from July 2008 to August 2009. James served as president and CEO of RSA Security from 1988 to February 1999, and then served as RSA's vice chairman from 1999 to May 2002. He has been named one of Time Magazine's "Digital 50" and is in CRN's "Computer Industry Hall of Fame". Less View all posts