Cyber Security Forum
October 27, 2009
The inaugural forum of the Madison Policy Forum was held on the topic of Cyber Security on October 27th, 2009. The Forum was moderated by MPF Executive Director Michael A. Sheehan and Paul Kurtz of Good Harbor Consulting, with Richard A. Clarke as the featured speaker. Please visit our site again soon for a publication on Cyber Security.
Chairman of Good Harbor Consulting and Former Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security
Richard A. Clarke is an internationally recognized expert on security, including homeland security, national security, cyber security, and counterterrorism. He is currently the Chairman of Good Harbor Consulting, an international security firm, and an on-air consultant for ABC News. Mr. Clarke served the last three Presidents as a senior White House Advisor. Over the course of an unprecedented 11 consecutive years of White House service, he held the titles of Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism and Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security.
Paul B. Kurtz
Good Harbor Consulting, Partner
Paul B. Kurtz is an internationally recognized cyber security and homeland security expert who has worked at the highest levels of government. Most recently, he served on President Obama’s transition team, conducting a complete cyber security review of government agencies including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Administration and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Mr. Kurtz leads Good Harbor’s cutting-edge cyber and IT security practice group to provide strategic and tactical planning advice to a wide variety of international and domestic clients. Mr. Kurtz specializes in vulnerability management, software assurance, identity services, resiliency, and emergency preparedness for today’s “all hazards” environment. He is also the executive director of SAFECode, Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code, a global non-profit organization dedicated to promoting effective software assurance methods.
Mr. Kurtz lends his expertise in counterterrorism, homeland security, critical infrastructure protection, and IT security to support clients ranging from governments, defense contractors and vendors to private corporations. He and his team create master strategy documents, risk mitigation strategy reports, policy proposals and white papers to help GHC’s clients understand and manage the challenges and opportunities of cyber security.
Prior to joining Good Harbor, Mr. Kurtz was the founding executive director of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group promoting the privacy, reliability and integrity of information systems through public policy, technology, education and awareness-raising actions.
Mr. Kurtz has served in senior positions on the White House's National Security and Homeland Security Councils under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. He was a special assistant to the President and senior director for critical infrastructure protection on the White House's Homeland Security Council (HSC), where he was responsible for both physical and cyber security. Before joining the HSC, Mr. Kurtz was a senior director on the National Security Council (NSC) in the Office of Cyberspace Security. He was also a member of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, where he developed the international component of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. Previously, he was a director for counterterrorism in the NSC's Office of Transnational Threats.
Mr. Kurtz came to the White House after serving in several bureaus at the U.S. Department of State, specializing in weapons of mass destruction non-proliferation policy and strategic arms control. He served as political advisor to Operation Provide Comfort in Incirlik, Turkey, and as science attaché in Vienna, Austria. He has traveled to both Iraq and North Korea as part of various arms control inspection teams.
Mr. Kurtz has been cited in numerous publications for his expertise in the security field, and he is currently an on-air homeland security analyst for CBS News. Mr. Kurtz received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the College of the Holy Cross and his Master of Arts in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.