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  • St. Louis, Missouri—Aug, 2018—Rick Howard, Chief Security Officer with Palo Alto Networks, has been elected to Security Advisor Alliance’sBoard ofDirectors. 

    Rick has demonstrated his commitment to driving diversity initiatives in our organization and the industry as a whole.  He possesses an incredible can-do attitude. 

    Rick is the CSO for Palo Alto Networks, where he is responsible for the company’s internal security program, the oversight of the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Team and the development of thought leadership for the cybersecurity community. His prior jobs include being the CISO for TASC, the general manager of iDefense and the SOC director at Counterpane. 

    He served in the U.S. Army for 23 years and spent the last two years of his career running the Army’s CERT. Rick holds a Master of Computer Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and an engineering degree from the U.S. Military Academy. He taught computer science at the Military Academy and contributed as an executive editor to two books: “Cyber Fraud: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures” and “Cyber Security Essentials.” 

    “Rick’s deep industry knowledge, recognized position as a security leader, and steady commitment to opening educational opportunities in cybersecurity will dramatically enhance the Alliance’s ability to execute on their mission of conquering the talent gap. ” said Ron Green, Chief Security Officer for Mastercard. “With Rick’s guidance and leadership, we will continue to better our programs and resources for student as they are a critical component to the future of our industry. 


    Rick Howard 

    Vice President, Chief Security Officer