ORG President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board Title BIO Howard Schmidt was appointed by President George W. Bush as a Special Assistant to the president and the Vice Chair of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board in December 2001. The Cyber Security board reports to Dr. Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor and Gov. Tom Ridge, Director of Homeland Security. The Cyber Security Board focuses on building a specialized group of senior government and private sector leaders to focus on cyber security issues and coordination of security related incidents. Previously, Howard was chief security officer for Microsoft Corp., overseeing the Security Strategies Group, which was responsible for ensuring the development of a trusted computing environment via auditing, policy, best practices and incubation of security products and practices. Schmidt has also served as the international president of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and the Information Technology Information Survey and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC). He served as an augmented member to the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology in the formation of an Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection. Schmidt was one of 29 industry leaders called to the White House to meet with President Clinton on cybersecurity. He has testified before a joint committee on computer security, and has been instrumental in the creation of public and private partnerships and information-sharing initiatives. Schmidt holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in organizational management.