On behalf of Trident Cybersecurity we would like to pay a tribute to Howard A. Schmidt, one of the most prominent leaders in our industry. Howard's successful career touch many people, inspire many entrepreneurs and encourage government(s) to build a sharing community to solve the most pressing challenges in cybersecurity.
Howard was well-respected and revered as a dedicated public servant and leader in the cybersecurity realm and his former colleagues and friends today remembered him with tributes on social media.
He was a esteemed member of the Trident Cybersecurity Advisory Council. We will forever be thankful for his multiple contributions and friendship.
Former cybersecurity coordinator to President Obama, and renowned veteran of the security industry, passed away today. The security industry is mourning the loss of Howard A. Schmidt, 67, who served under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama as their top cybersecurity advisors after holding top security posts at Microsoft and eBay. Schmidt's post under Obama, from 2009-2012, was the very first White House cybersecurity coordinator. His distinguished career spans public service and private sector posts, including more than 26 years of military service starting with the US Air Force and later serving as an Army Reserve Special Agent with the Criminal Investigation Division's Computer Crime Unit. He served as President and CEO of the Information Security Forum, and later as the executive director of SAFECode, and was a partner in Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm.