Scott Horton Interviews Richard Forno

Scott Horton, May 16, 2007

Security expert Richard Forno discusses the Un-American “Real ID” card, the states’ reactions to it, how citizens of non-compliant states will be marginalized, why more liberty creates better security, and the myth of cyber-terrorism.

MP3 here.

Richard Forno’s career includes helping build the first incident response and computer crimes investigation program for the United States House of Representatives and serving as the first Chief Security Officer at Network Solutions (the InterNIC) where he designed and managed the global information assurance program for one of the Internet’s most critical infrastructures.

Since then, he has consulted with military and commercial clients on assorted critical infrastructure protection and information operations projects. He has advised technology startups and in addition to his current activities as a Principal Consultant for KRvW Associates, is a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is a course instructor for the CERT Coordination Center.

In 2001, Richard developed (and delivered) American University’s first modern course on information security and conducted regular guest lectures at the National Defense University in Washington, DC from 2001-2003. He is a founding member of the Academic Advisory Board for Northern Virginia Community College’s Information Security Program and also participated in the 2000 White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Information Security Education Research Project. In 2006 he co-founded the Senior Information Operations Advisory Council that brings together senior thought leaders from across the IO community to support the evolution of sound IO doctrine, analysis and application.

Richard continues to speak at government, industry, and academic symposia. Along with several articles and columns written over the years, he is the author of The Art of Information Warfare (1999), Incident Response (2001), and the curmudgeonly Weapons of Mass Delusion: America’s Real National Emergency (2003). Additionally, he contributed chapters to the books Cyberwar 2.0: Myths, Mysteries and Realities (1998) and Inventing Arguments (2005).

Both a technologist and student of national security studies, Richard holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in international relations from American University and Salve Regina University, and is a graduate of Valley Forge Military College and the United States Naval War College. Aside from information operations, his current academic and professional research centers on the influence of technology on national security, particularly the issue of security informatics and disclosure.

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