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Howard S. Hoffmann

Chief Executive Officer

CEO | Board Member & Advisor | Speaker | Cybersecurity | Data Privacy

Highly experienced executive, board advisor, and board member. 15+ years of information security and data privacy risk management expertise, complemented by decades of financial, operational, and legal strategy management in the turnaround and restructuring space.

A disciplined leader with a proven track record of delivering strategic business benefits and enterprise risk reduction. Brings a wealth of practical business leadership experience ranging from senior advisor to C-suite, board, and other senior stakeholders to “hands-on” senior executive often engaged to solve unique, complex business problems.

Helps leaders visualize and understand cyber risk through sophisticated risk assessment and analysis and provides mitigation guidance to a wide array of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to small and mid-sized enterprises.

Extensive experience partnering with board members and the C-Suite to:

  • Explain effective cyber risk management practices using clear business language and context,
  • Enhance leadership knowledge of information security fundamentals,
  • Establish a strong security and privacy “tone from the top” at the board level,
  • Enable boards to effectively oversee risk from cybersecurity threats and describe how risks may affect business strategy, results of operations, or financial condition,
  • Evaluate management’s role in assessing and managing material risks from cybersecurity threats,
  • Enhance confidence in an organization’s cyber defense and resilience strategies, and
  • Empower the organization to leverage cyber insurance wisely.

Served as a Board Member or Chairman of the Board for 10+ public and privately held companies, participating in audit and cybersecurity subcommittees.

Served as a senior executive (Board Advisor, Executive Director, etc.) for public and privately held companies, providing management consulting, turnaround guidance, and operational improvement services on a project basis.

Specialties: Cybersecurity and data privacy board advisory; executive security and privacy education and awareness; cybersecurity transformation; cyber risk analysis and mitigation, information security program management; governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC); security by design, security consulting

Education

MBA, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

BA, Mathematics and Economics, University of California at Santa Barbara
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