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TASC Names VeriSign Vet Rick Howard Info Security Lead; Barbie Bigelow Comments

Rick Howard
Rick Howard

TASC has appointed Rick Howard, formerly a general manager of a VeriSign cybersecurity intelligence business unit, to serve as chief information security officer.

Barbie Bigalow
Barbie Bigelow

TASC said Howard will be responsible for leading development of a strategy, technical roadmap and security architecture for the company’s information security approach.

Howard will focus on the company’s information infrastructure and operations of its cybersecurity operations center, said Barbie Bigelow, senior vice president and chief information officer.

“Cyber threats against government and industry are increasingly advanced, and we must be prepared with aggressive and integrated measures to protect our information and intellectual property, ” she said.

At VeriSign, the company says he led an organization that provides federal agencies and Fortune 500 companies decision support services.

Before joining VeriSign, he led intelligence-gathering activities at Counterpane‘s internet security unit and ran the company’s security operations center.

Howard is also a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Army, where most recently served as chief of the branch’s computer emergency response team.

He also held other command and staff positions in information technology and computer security.

Howard has authored academic papers on technology and security and acted as executive editor for two books: “Cyber Fraud: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures” and “Cyber Security Essentials.”

He holds a master’s degree in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School and an engineering degree from the U.S. Military Academy, where he taught computer science from 1990 to 1995.

 

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