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
Dr. Richard Ford is the chief scientist at Forcepoint, overseeing technical direction and innovation for the company’s human-centric security approach; previously, he was CTO at Forcepoint. He graduated from the University of Oxford in 1992 with a doctorate in quantum physics.
Richard has worked extensively in computer security and malicious mobile code prevention at IBM Research and Verio. He was also a professor and head of the computer science and cybersecurity department at the Florida Institute of Technology
He is a member of CARO, and a past President/CEO of AMSTO, the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization. When not carrying out research in computer security, he loves to fly and is an instrument rated private pilot, as well as a three-time winner of the National Flute Association’s Big Band Jazz competition.