David W. Aucsmith ICS ‘84

Senior Director, Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, Microsoft Corporation

David Aucsmith is the Senior Director of Microsoft’s Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments.  He is responsible for technical relationships with United States and other Government agencies, as well as on select special projects.  He also oversees several advanced technology projects including research in quantum computing and digital imaging.

Before joining Microsoft in August 2002, Aucsmith was the chief security architect for Intel Corporation from 1994 to 2002.  He has worked in a variety of security technology areas including secure computer systems, secure communications systems, random number generation, cryptography, steganography and network intrusion detection.  Aucsmith is a former officer in the U.S. Navy and has been heavily involved in computer security and cybercrime issues for more than 20 years.  He is an industry representative to numerous international, government and academic organizations.  Currently he is a member of the technical advisory boards of both the National Security Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office.  He is on the National Academy advisory board on Survivability and Lethality and the Directorate Advisory Council for the National Security Directorate of Pacific Northwest National Labs.  He is co-chairman of the FBI’s Information Technology Study Group, a member of the Secret Service Task Force on Computer Aided Counterfeiting, a member of the President’s Task Force on National Defense and Computer Technology and a member of the Department of Defense’s Global Information Grid Senior Industry Review Group.  Aucsmith was also U.S. industry representative to the G8 Committee on Organized, Transnational, and Technological Crime where he participated directly in the G8 summits in Paris, Berlin and Tokyo.

Aucsmith holds 32 patents for digital security technology and is an editor for the IEE Journal of Information Security, and a member of the advisory board for the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Aucsmith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Georgia and Master of Science degrees in physics from the Naval Postgraduate School and information and computer sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology respectively.  Additionally, he has a Certificate in Fine Arts Photography from the University of Washington.