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(ISC)² Board of Directors Recognizes Professor Howard Schmidt with the 2016 Harold F. Tipton Lifetime Achie

      Clearwater FL, February 6, 2017(ISC)²® has selected Professor Howard Schmidt, executive director of SAFECode and former White House cybersecurity coordinator, as the recipient of the 2016 (ISC)² Harold F. Tipton Lifetime Achievement Award.
The annual (ISC)² Harold F. Tipton Award recognizes an individual’s lifelong contributions to the improvement of the information security profession. The award’s namesake, Harold “Hal” F. Tipton, is often referred to as “the grandfather” of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®). Hal’s work with (ISC)² as its past president, chief instructor and ambassador was integral to the formation of (ISC)² and the information security profession. 

As the recipient of the 2016 Harold F. Tipton Award, Professor Schmidt was honored for his efforts toadvance the information security profession through his many volunteer roles. His distinguished career in information security has spanned over 30 years. He has served on numerous boards throughout his career, and held high-ranking positions when he was employed by eBay, Microsoft, the Executive Office of the President of the United States, and others. He is a professor of practice at the Georgia Institute of Technology's please spell this out (GTISC), professor of research at Idaho State University, adjunct distinguished fellow with Carnegie Mellon's CyLab, and a distinguished fellow with the Ponemon Institute. Professor Schmidt holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®) designations, and is a former member of the (ISC)² Board of Directors. He has also written several books on cybersecurity.

“Professor Schmidt is one of the most recognized and respected information security luminaries in the world,” said Freddy Tan, chair, (ISC)² Board of Directors Award Committee. “He’s a true visionary thinker, and has served in numerous high profile roles throughout his career, including as special assistant to President Obama from 2009-2012. One of Professor Schmidt's leading policy objectives was the development of the ‘National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace’ while he was the cybersecurity coordinator for the Obama Administration.” 

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