Paul Kurtz is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity and the co-founder and CEO of TruSTAR Technology. Paul began working on cyber security at the White House in the late 1990s. He served in senior positions on the White House’s National Security and Homeland Security Councils under Presidents Clinton and Bush. Under President Bush he served as Special Assistant to the President for Critical Infrastructure Protection and a member of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. As a Director of Counterterrorism on the NSC from 1999-2001, he helped manage the response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. Prior to joining the White House, Paul served in several positions at the U.S. Department of State addressing weapons of mass destruction, including extensive travel to Iraq and North Korea.
After leaving government, Paul has held numerous private sector cybersecurity positions including founding the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (Acquired by Tech America), Executive Director of SAFECode, Managing Partner of Good Harbor Consulting in Abu Dhabi, and CISO of CyberPoint International.
Paul’s work in intelligence analysis, counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection, and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction influenced his approach to cybersecurity. Specifically, the fields highlighted the need to build an exchange platform which addresses barriers to sharing information–bureaucratic, legal, and market risk and concerns–while providing immediate value to operators defending networks.