General Manager, VeriSign, Inc.
Rick Howard spent the last 5 years working as the Verisign iDefense Intelligence director and is now the general manager of the business. Prior to joining iDefense,he led the intelligence-gathering activities at Counterpane Internet Security and ran Counterpane's global network of Security Operations Centers. He served in the US Army for 23 years in various command and staff positions involving information technology and computer security and spent the last 2 years of his career as the US Army's Computer Emergency Response Team Chief (ACERT) where he coordinated network defense, network intelligence and network attack operations for the Army's global network. He holds a Master of Computer Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and engineering degree from the US Military Academy.