Howard Schmidt Receives Two Distinguished Honors

June 27, 2006

ATLANTA (June 27, 2006)--Howard A. Schmidt, renowned cyber security expert, was recently designated Georgia Tech’s Professor of the Practice by Provost Jean-Lou Chameau, an honor shared only by one other faculty member on campus. Schmidt joined the College of Computing and its Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) as an Adjunct Professor back in January of 2005 after being chief security strategist for the US CERT Partners Program and former special advisor to the White House for Cyberspace Security. 
 
Schmidt continues to work with GTISC faculty and students on research efforts to improve the state of information security by lending his vast knowledge and expertise in this growing technological area. “I have spent my career trying to raise national awareness of information security issues through my various corporate and public policy positions,” said Schmidt. “Being a part of the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, one of our nation’s most progressive and innovative academic environments for computing, I can provide my vision and insight to those research and educational initiatives that will drive the future development of cyber security solutions for the everyday computer user.”

Schmidt’s distinguished career as an information security advocate includes leadership positions with both public and private sector organizations. He has served on the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, was an augmented member of the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology and held executive positions with the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), the Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Information Security Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB).

Schmidt also served as vice president and chief security strategist for eBay and chief security officer for Microsoft Corporation, forming and directing the computer giant’s Trustworthy Computer Security Strategies Group. “The College of Computing continuously seeks out industry experts and visionaries such as Howard Schmidt to take our faculty and students to greater heights in computing research,” said Richard A. DeMillo, dean of the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. “We congratulate him on this honor and are thrilled to be able to tap into Howard’s expertise and apply it to the College of Computing’s academic and research programs surrounding cyber security.”

Schmidt was also recently elected president of the 2006 Information Systems Security Association’s (ISSA) International Board of Directors. The election was completed and the ballots were certified on June 15.

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