The UMSA board recently heard of Howard Schmidt’s passing and wanted to extend condolence to his family and those who knew him in the cybersecurity industry.
Schmidt was a keynote speaker for the 2009 Secure360 Conference as recapped by George Hulme of DarkReading and an avid supporter of what the conference and UMSA as an organization was all about.
Schmidt served as a security advisor for two U.S. Presidents—originally recruited by President George W. Bush after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Schmidt also served as the cybersecurity coordinator of the Obama administration until he retired from that position in May of 2012. The New York Times offers a nice recap of Schmidt’s career and impact on the cybersecurity world.
Schmidt passed away from brain cancer on March 2, 2017. Our condolences to his family. We are grateful to have spent time with Schmidt and appreciate all he did for the cybersecurity community. Thank you, Howard Schmidt, for your service and passion. You impacted, inspired and educated many and you will be missed.
–The UMSA board and Secure360 Conference