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Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Organization from Cyber Attacks

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
2:00pm - 3:00pm (Eastern)


Photo of Marcus H. Sachs, P.E.Marcus H. Sachs, P.E.
Vice President, National Security Policy
Verizon Communications

Marcus Sachs is the Vice President for National Security Policy at Verizon in Washington, D.C. where he works closely with government and business stakeholders in task forces, working groups, committees, and trade associations as part of the National Security/Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) community in the Nation's Capital. In January 2011 he was elected to be the Vice Chair of the US Communications Sector Coordinating Council. In November 2007 Mr. Sachs was named a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency. From August 2003 to December 2010 he directed the all-volunteer SANS Internet Storm Center.

Mr. Sachs' professional experience includes a 20 year military career in the United States Army, two years of federal civilian service at the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, and over six years as an executive in the private sector. He has appeared on several domestic and foreign television and radio networks as a computer security expert, has testified before the United States Congress, and is frequently quoted by the on-line and printed media. Mr. Sachs volunteered as the Director of the SANS Internet Storm Center and currently volunteers as the Corporate Evangelist of the Zeroday Emergency Response Team. He serves on the technical advisory board of SAGE Inc., the board of advisers of ThreatStop, Inc., and is a member of the National Cyber Security Alliance, Internet Security Alliance and DShield, Inc. boards of directors.

From January 2005 to August 2007, Mr. Sachs led the Washington, D.C. research team of SRI International's Computer Science Laboratory. His group supported the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Security Research and Development Center, and served as the operations and analysis center of the U.S. Department of Defense's Cyber Threat Analytics research project.

In January 2002 Mr. Sachs was appointed by the President to serve concurrently on the staff of the National Security Council as the Director for Communication Infrastructure Protection in the White House Office of Cyberspace Security, and on the staff of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. The Board was created in October 2001 to coordinate critical infrastructure protection issues across all US federal agencies in partnership with the industry sectors. The most significant effort undertaken by the Board was the development of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, published in February 2003. As a member of the White House staff, Mr. Sachs coordinated efforts to protect and secure the nation's telecommunication and Internet infrastructures, leveraging expertise from United States government agencies, the domestic private sector, and the international community. He also participated in bilateral and multilateral talks with officials from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom to develop policies for protecting cyber and physical infrastructures. While at the White House, he developed the initial concept and strategy for the creation of the United States Computer Emergency Response Team. After the Cyberspace Security Strategy was published, Mr. Sachs joined the National Cyber Security Division of the US Department of Homeland Security, where he was responsible for developing the implementation plan for the Strategy.

Mr. Sachs retired at the rank of Major from the United States Army in 2001 after serving over 20 years as a Corps of Engineers and systems automation officer. He specialized during the later half of his career in computer network operations, tactical communication systems, and the application of information technology to the defense environment. In 1998, he was selected by the Secretary of Defense to serve with the Defense Department's Joint Task Force for Computer Network Defense, a small organization created to defend the DoD's computer networks from foreign intrusions. At the JTF, he served as the Senior Operations Analyst and Technical Director, and was responsible for investigating and preparing a defensive strategy for several high-profile computer network incidents. His previous military assignments include serving as the director of the XVIII Airborne Corps automation office at Ft. Bragg; and serving as the director of the 4th Infantry Division's tactical computer network operations in support of the Army's Force XXI Advanced Warfighting Experiments at Ft. Hood. His military career included assignments in Karlsruhe and Vilseck Germany, Ft. Belvoir, Ft. Bragg, Ft. Gordon, Ft. Hood, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Leonard Wood, and Washington D.C., as well as deployments to Haiti and Panama. On both tours to Germany he was the station manager for the local Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) station, and was active in local Boy Scout troops and Scouting activities. He was well known in the Defense Department as an information security expert and was a frequent speaker at conferences and public events.

Mr. Sachs holds a Master of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in Information Security from James Madison University, a Master of Science in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College, the Army Engineer School, the Army Computer Science School, and the Army's Airborne and Air Assault schools. Mr. Sachs is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University. Mr. Sachs holds an advanced class amateur radio license, is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a member of the local InfraGard, ECTF, and ISSA chapters, and is a life member of the Signal Corps Regimental Association, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, and the Texas Exes. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, he and his wife currently live in Virginia. They have two grown children, one living in Washington state and the other in Georgia.