Howard A. Schmidt

Keynote Speaker

Howard A. Schmidt joined eBay as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer in May of 2003. He retired from the federal government after 31 years of public service. He was appointed by President Bush as the Vice Chair of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and as the Special Adviser for Cyberspace Security for the White House in December 2001. He assumed the role as the Chair in January 2003 until his retirement in May 2003.

Prior to the White House, Howard was chief security officer for Microsoft Corp., where his duties included CISO, CSO and forming and directing the Trustworthy Computing Security Strategies Group.

Before Microsoft, Mr. Schmidt was a supervisory special agent and director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Computer Forensic Lab and Computer Crime and Information Warfare Division. While there, he established the first dedicated computer forensic lab in the government.

Before AFOSI, Mr. Schmidt was with the FBI at the National Drug Intelligence Center, where he headed the Computer Exploitation Team. He is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of computer forensics and computer evidence collection. Before working at the FBI, Mr. Schmidt was a city police officer from 1983 to 1994 for the Chandler Police Department in Arizona.

Mr. Schmidt served with the U.S. Air Force in various roles from 1967 to 1983, both in active duty and in the civil service. He had served in the Arizona Air National Guard from 1989 until 1998 when he transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves as a Special Agent, Criminal Investigation Division. He has testified as an expert witness in federal and military courts in the areas of computer crime, computer forensics and Internet crime.

Mr. Schmidt had also served as the international president of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and the Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC). He is a former executive board member of the International Organization of Computer Evidence, and served as the co-chairman of the Federal Computer Investigations Committee. He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists. He serves as an advisory board member for the Technical Research Institute of the National White Collar Crime Center, and is a distinguished special lecturer at the University of New Haven, Conn., teaching a graduate certificate course in forensic computing.

He served as an augmented member to the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology in the formation of an Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection. He has testified before congressional committees on computer security and cyber crime, and has been instrumental in the creation of public and private partnerships and information-sharing initiatives.

Mr. Schmidt has been appointed to the Information Security Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) to advise the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget on information security and privacy issues pertaining to Federal Government information systems, including thorough review of proposed standards and guidelines developed by NIST.

Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters.


Donald A. (Andy) Purdy, Jr.


Keynote Speaker

Donald A. (Andy) Purdy, Jr. is working for the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, where he is working in the capacity as the Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security, within the IAIP Directorate. Andy has been involved in the set up and launch of the NCSD since late April when he moved over from the White House staff.

Prior to beginning his work in support of DHS, Andy served as Deputy to the Vice Chair, and Senior Advisor for IT Security and Privacy, to the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board (PCIPB). Like most of the staff, Andy was “dual-hatted,” serving on assignment from the U.S. Sentencing Commission where he has served as Chief Deputy General Counsel since 1989.

At the PCIPB Andy worked in the areas of cyber crime, privacy protection, government procurement and maintenance of more secure products and systems, and in promoting information sharing in the industry sectors dealing with health care, manufacturing, and air transportation.

At the Sentencing Commission Andy served as Acting General Counsel from November 1999 to January 2001. In addition, Andy chaired the five-year effort of the Economic Crime Policy Team that culminated in the Commission's promulgation of the historic Economic Crime package of amendments that went into effect November 1, 2001, which resolved 12 circuit conflicts, primarily in the redefinition of loss. His efforts in the economic crime area also contributed to the promulgation of amendments dealing with identity theft, access device offenses, and counterfeiting.

In the Fall of 2000, Andy chaired the Commission's highly successful Third Symposium in the Series on Crime and Punishment, called the National Symposium on Economic Crimes and New Technology Offenses, which was "broadcast" live on the internet. In the early years of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Andy represented the Commission as amicus curiae in the en banc argument in the Western District of Missouri in the Mistretta case that was to subsequently leapfrog the Eighth Circuit directly to the Supreme Court.

During his tenure at the Commission Andy has also been a frequent lecturer and trainer for the Commission, including numerous appearances at the DOJ National Advocacy Center, the Sentencing Commission's National Training Seminars, and for the Federal Judicial Center-sponsored seminars for new judges.

Andy is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia Law School. Andy served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia, Special Counsel to the House Ethics Committee, Counsel to the Senate Impeachment Trial Committee, and Assistant Attorney General in Missouri. Andy also worked as Senior Staff Counsel to the House Select Committee on Assassinations' investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy, concentrating on the medical evidence as to the number and direction of the shots, and whether Jack Ruby was involved in a conspiracy.

Immediately prior to joining the Sentencing Commission Andy served as an Associate Producer for the NBC News magazines FIRST CAMERA and MONITOR, and as the Producer for News and Politics for the CBS News broadcast NIGHTWATCH.


Ric Daza

Ric Daza
Systems Engineer Security Specialist, Cisco Systems

Ricardo Daza is an Advanced Technology Specialist SE for Cisco Systems covering Security for the Northwest Area. Ricardo has spent the bulk of his career before coming to Cisco as a consultant on LANs, WANs and information security. He was the Practice Manager/Principal Consultant for a security practice consulting company that focused on information security in the financial vertical. The practice offered a wide breath of services including penetration testing, security policy, disaster recovery, business continuity planning, implementation and incident handling.

He is a CCIE, CISSP, PMP, CCNP/DP (R/S+Voice+ATM+Security) CCSE, CCSA, MCSE+I, CNE, SCNA, CSE-AIX; holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance from the University of South Florida and is an Instrument Rated Private Pilot.


Timothy P. Kosiba Timothy P. Kosiba
Laboratory Manager/Program Manager
Computer Analysis Response Team
CART BWI Location

Mr. Kosiba started in the field of Computer Forensics as a Computer Specialist with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in 1988. In 1992, he was relocated to the NCIS Regional Headquarters in London, England until 1995 then was transferred back to the US in 1995 and started working for the FBI’s CART Unit the end of that year. He became a Program Manager with CART in 1997 and currently manages the CART Laboratory in Linthicum, Maryland.

Mr. Kosiba has B.S. degree in Information Systems from the University of Baltimore (1988) and a M.S. in Forensic Science from George Washington University (1999).


Victor Valgenti


Mr. Valgenti is the latest addition to the Computer Systems Technology staff at the College of Technology. He comes to us from the State of Montana’s Legislative Audit Division where he was an Information Systems Auditor. Before that, he worked on a web development team creating Java-based software. Mr. Valgenti has a varied background that includes teaching overseas and even a brief stint as a radio DJ.

Education: Masters of Science in Computer Systems and Bachelor of Arts in English\Linguistics and French\Linguistics

Certifications: Sun Certified Java Programmer, A+ Certified Computer Technician.

Bruce Brumley


Mr. Brumley is the resident Cisco expert at the College of Technology, training students in the advanced courses required for the Cisco CCNP certification. He has over 15 years teaching experience at the college level, and over 25 years in the Information Technology field.

Education: Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Bachelor of Science in Data Processing and Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Management

Certifications: Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Cisco Certified Academy Instructor (CCAI), Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+)

Brad Smith Mr. Smith is a private practice informatics nurse specializing in computer security.  He is director of CIR Security, a Microsoft Gold Solution Partner based in Helena, MT. 

His computer career started in 1969, in 1993 he became the first RN / Microsoft Certified Professional, and is currently the only RN / Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP) in America. His software "2theBedside" was a top 10 finalist in the Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) national competition in 1995.

Brad has presented nationally since 1996, recorded a weekly radio program since 1999 and has several television programs on the Health Science Television Network.  His extensive computer background, energetic style and presentations loaded with "take-home knowledge" you can immediately use, make him a presenter to see.