Howard Anthony Schmidt - RIP

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Billy S Rodgers (Unregistered Guest) on Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 02:32 am:  Edit

Howard was a member of the 315th MP Det CID, Seattle, WA, when I joined the unit. He was very humble and a valued member of our unit. Sad to see this.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By D.T. Andrews (Unregistered Guest) on Monday, March 06, 2017 - 10:13 am:  Edit

Howard was a pioneer in the field of cybercrime investigations. He gave many years of distinguished service to our Country, whether in uniform as a military and law enforcement professional, from the lectern of academia, or as an international leader in cybersecurity. His contributions advanced national security interests, enhanced military readiness, and protected the online activities of the American people.

Howard was a true patriot, luminary, mentor, and friend. He will be incredibly missed.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Louise "Mickey" Head (Cidaa1) on Monday, March 06, 2017 - 08:57 am:  Edit

On Thursday morning, March 2nd 2017, in the presence of his wife and four sons, Howard Anthony Schmidt (67), a loving husband, father and grandfather peacefully passed away following a long battle with cancer, in his Muskego, Wisconsin home.

Howard had a tremendously successful and inspirational career spanning a wide variety of professions within the public and private sectors. Howard started his decorated military career by enlisting in the United States Air Force during Vietnam in 1967. Between 1968 and 1974, Howard completed three tours of duty in Southeast Asia earning three Bronze Stars for his service. Howard left active military duty in 1974 as he started his civil service career in the Air Force as a Chief of Transportation and Deputy Director of Resource Management until 1982. Howard served in the Arizona Air National Guard with the 161st Communications Squadron based at Phoenix International Airport, from 1989 until 1998. Howard transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves as a Special Agent, Criminal Investigation Division (CID) where served with the Computer Crime Investigative Unit until his retirement in 2010.

Howard was a city police officer from 1983 to 1994 for the Chandler Police Department in Arizona where he served on the SWAT team and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Unit, and formed and led the Special Enforcement Team. In 1994, he took a position with the FBI's National Drug Intelligence Center, where he headed the Computer Exploitation Team.

Howard joined the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Computer Forensic Lab and Computer Crime and Information Warfare Division as a supervisory special agent and director. In 1996, while serving in that position, he established the first dedicated computer forensic lab in the government, which was the basis for the formation of the Defense Computer Forensic Laboratory(DCFL).

In 1997, Howard joined Microsoft, as the Director of Information Security, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), and Chief Security Officer (CSO).

After 9/11, Howard was appointed by President Bush as the Vice Chair of the Presidentís Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and as the Special Adviser for Cyberspace Security for the White House in December 2001. While at the White House, he assisted in the creation of the US National Strategy to Secure CyberSpace. He assumed the role as the Chair in January 2003 until his retirement in May 2003, when he joined eBay as a Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

On Tuesday, December 22, 2009, Howard was named as the Cybersecurity Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs by President Barack Obama. Howard retired from the White House and government service in May of 2012.

Most recently, Howard was a co-founder and partner of Ridge-Schmidt Cyber with Gov Tom Ridge. He also served as Executive Director of Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode) and served as Chairman of the US Chamber of Commerce Cyber Leadership Council. He was a board member of (ISC) and ISSA, Chairman of the board of Codenomicon. Howard was also a professor of practice at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Professor of Research at Idaho State University, adjunct distinguished fellow with Carnegie Mellonís CyLab and a distinguished fellow with the Ponemon Institute.

Howard is survived by his wife, Raemarie, his four sons and their wives Kyle & Revea, David & Amy, Andrew & Hollie, Anthony & Lauren and his 8 grandchildren, Kylie, Nicholas (Kyle), Ashlyn, Grant, (David) Abigail, Eleanor, William (Andrew) and Layla (Anthony).

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