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Former White House security advisor, Paul Kurtz is a founding Board member of the Cloud Security Alliance as well as the co-founder and CEO of TruSTAR Technology, the industry’s first global anonymous cyber incident-sharing platform. Kurtz focuses on promoting cooperation in the technology community in order to reduce cyber security incidents, provide faster response times, and get ahead of black hat hackers.

A recognized cyber security expert, Kurtz has held senior positions in both industry and government. As the Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Strategy Officer for CyberPoint International LLC, he helped grow the company from 10 to 200 employees in 5 years by building US government and international business verticals. Prior to that he was the founding Executive Director of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA), an advocacy group dedicated to ensuring the privacy, reliability, and integrity of information systems through sound public policy, technology, education, and awareness.

During his government service, Kurtz was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure Protection on the White House's Homeland Security Council (HSC). He joined HSC from the National Security Council (NSC), where he was both Senior Director for National Security in the Office of Cyberspace Security and a member of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. He served on the NSC as Director for Counterterrorism from 1999-2001, and helped manage the response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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    Paul Kurtz was a Partner and COO of Good Harbor and a recognized cyber security and homeland security expert. He served in senior positions on the White House′s National Security and Homeland Security Councils under Presidents Clinton and Bush.

    Individual: Paul Kurtz was the COO of Good Harbor, advising clients on cyber-security and homeland security issues. Kurtz joined Good Harbor after serving as the founding Executive Director of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA), an advocacy group dedicated to ensuring the privacy, reliability and integrity of information systems through public policy, technology, education and awareness. Prior to joining CSIA, Kurtz was 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 HSC in 2003, Kurtz served on the White House’s National Security Council (NSC) as senior director for national security of the Office of Cyberspace Security and 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 from 1999-2001.

    Prior to his White House work, Kurtz served in several bureaus in the State Department, specializing in weapons of mass destruction non-proliferation policy and strategic arms control. He also served as political advisor to Operation Provide Comfort in Incirlik, Turkey, and as science attaché in Vienna, Austria. He participated in several arms control inspection teams, traveling to Iraq and North Korea.

    Kurtz received his Bachelor′s degree from Holy Cross College and his Master′s degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.


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Paul Kurtz, Cybersecurity Expert: Introduction to Panel


Paul Kurtz addresses the growing threats that cyber security breaches pose to the aviation industry. He introduces a panel of experts who will examine the different challenges pressing the sector and craft a roadmap for how the companies can proactively manage these issues, therefore, preventing possible tragedies rather than someday responding to one.

“This is about making sure we have security in commercial aviation globally,” Kurtz affirms. He emphasizes that the panel, their priorities, and proposals are focused on aviation operations and are driven by the aviation industry as opposed to a government agency.

Paul Kurtz, Cybersecurity Expert: Interview



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Cyber threats today are very real, but hype and hyperbole have often led to disparate initiatives and solutions by governments, private industry, and security vendors. Paul Kurtz helps organizations break cyber challenges into discrete, understandable, and solvable problems with measurable solutions. The cyber security veteran shows audiences how they can identify risks and prioritize investments with the guidance of the Twenty Critical Security Controls, a highly effective and efficient framework developed by a consortium of more than a hundred US government agencies and non-governmental cyber experts developed. Kurtz shares insights that will help enterprises understand the utility of the framework provided by the Twenty Critical Security Controls, as well as strategies to make them relevant to enterprises large and small.




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Paul Kurtz, Cybersecurity Expert: Introduction to Panel


Paul Kurtz addresses the growing threats that cyber security breaches pose to the aviation industry. He introduces a panel of experts who will examine the different challenges pressing the sector and craft a roadmap for how the companies can proactively manage these issues, therefore, preventing possible tragedies rather than someday responding to one.

“This is about making sure we have security in commercial aviation globally,” Kurtz affirms. He emphasizes that the panel, their priorities, and proposals are focused on aviation operations and are driven by the aviation industry as opposed to a government agency.

Paul Kurtz, Cybersecurity Expert: Interview