Dr. Richard Ford, chief scientist, is revitalizing the CISO’s mission of stopping risk and threats. New vulnerabilities keep cropping up, trapping us in a “tyranny of the urgent” mindset that causes us to focus on the day-to-day rather than the big picture.

The fight is wearing security professionals down. These challenges can range from having a threat-centric view of the world, which means that security is never done, to a limited view of the CISO’s mission.

Join us to learn how the CISO’s role needs to broaden, moving from a narrow threat-centric approach to being truly at the boardroom table driving the business. We need to start focusing on mitigating risk and losses rather than a “yes/no” perspective. Moving toward security approaches that understand user intent is an important step in making the world a better, more secure place.

Dr Richard Ford, Forcepoint Chief Scientist

Dr. Richard Ford

Chief Scientist

Ford has over 25 years’ experience in computer security, having worked with both offensive and defensive technology solutions. During his career, Ford has held positions with Virus Bulletin, IBM Research, Command Software Systems, and NTT Verio. In addition to work in the private sector, he has also worked in academia, having held an endowed chair in Computer Security, and worked as Head of the Computer Sciences and Cybersecurity Department at the Florida Institute of Technology. Under his leadership, the University was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Research by the DHS and NSA. He has published numerous papers and holds several patents in the security area.

Ford holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s and D.Phil. in Physics from the University of Oxford. In addition to his work, he is an accomplished jazz flutist and Instrument Rated Pilot.