Howard A. Schmidt brings to SAFECode talents in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations, gained from a distinguished career spanning 40 years. In addition to his role as Executive Director of SAFECode, Howard 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 served as Special Assistant to the President of the United States and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the U.S. federal government. In this role Mr. 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, Howard 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 U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Howard also brings to bear over 26 years of military service. Beginning active duty with the U.S. Air Force, he later joined the Arizona Air National Guard. With the AF 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 holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters. Howard was an Adjunct Professor at GA Tech, GTISC, Professor of Research at Idaho State University and 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.
Eric Baize is the head of Product Security and Trusted Engineering at EMC Corporation. In his role, Mr. Baize leads EMC’s Product Security Office with company-wide responsibility for all aspects of product security including vulnerability response, security development lifecycle, implementation of common security technology, and supply chain risk management. He also oversees the definition of EMC’s security and integrity practices to protect engineering systems and product code.
Throughout his career, Mr. Baize has been passionate about building security into technology and processes. Since joining EMC in 2002, he played a central role in EMC’s evolution in security and was a founding member of the leadership team that drove EMC’s acquisition of RSA Security in 2006. He later led RSA’s strategy for cloud and virtualization. Prior to joining EMC, Mr. Baize held various positions for Groupe Bull in Europe and in the US.
Mr. Baize also serves as Chairman of the SAFECode board of directors and on the BSIMM board of advisors. He holds a Master of Engineering degree in Computer Science from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne, France. He is a Certified Information Security Manager, holder of multiple U.S. patents, author of international security standards and a regular speaker at security conferences in the US and Europe.