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Discover Financial Services CISO James McJunkin Joins NTSC Board of Directors

Monday, July 31, 2017

Discover Financial Services CISO James McJunkin Joins NTSC Board of Directors

ATLANTA (July 31,2017) – James W. McJunkin, Vice President & CISO, Corporate Security for Discover Financial Services, has been appointed to serve on the National Technology Security Coalition’s (NTSC) Board of Directors. Bringing knowledge from the financial services industry, Mr. McJunkin will help influence the strategic direction of the NTSC and join CISOs who represent a broad cross-section of enterprise companies. These CISOs have a vested interest in protecting the security of their customers and employees through policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.

“As someone who spent nearly 30 years in state and federal government as a law enforcement professional and held significant leadership positions at the FBI within their Counterterrorism Division, I understand the need for sound cybersecurity policy that helps both business and government,” said Mr. McJunkin. “The NTSC gives CISOs an important platform to help influence legislation and policy around critical issues such as data breach notification, public-private information sharing, and encryption.”

At Discover Financial Services, Mr. McJunkin is responsible for second line risk management of information security. That includes governance of the enterprise-wide information security program, internal and external investigations; third-party vendor compliance for information security, business continuity, and executive protection; and physical security for the entire corporate enterprise. Previously, Mr. McJunkin guided FBI efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan in direct support of the US military, and he supervised all FBI counterterrorism operations worldwide. He has been recognized as the recipient of the US Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award; the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation by the Director of National Intelligence in connection with other Top-Secret Counterterrorism assignments, and the Presidential Rank Award.

“When it comes to the understanding between the cybersecurity needs of government and the cybersecurity needs of business, I cannot think of a CISO better qualified to serve on our Board than Jim McJunkin,” said Patrick Gaul, Executive Director of the NTSC. “McJunkin’s CISO experience with Discover Financial Services along with his many years of service as a law enforcement official at the federal, state, and local level means he brings a wealth of valuable expertise and perspective to our Board.”

The NTSC provides a platform for CISOs to advocate for beneficial legislative and regulatory policies. We encourage dialogue about cybersecurity issues, laws, and regulations through advocacy engagement with congressional members, regional CISO policy roundtables, our annual DC Fly-In, and our National CISO Policy conference.

Mr. McJunkin joins a prestigious board of CISOs from leading companies including Aaron's, Aetna, Aflac, AutoNation, Cox Automotive, Ellie Mae, Epsilon, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, IAC/InterActive Corp., Johnson & Johnson, MoneyGram International, Motorola Mobility, NCR, SunTrust, Synovus, TaxSlayer, Torchmark, Turner, US Bank, Worldpay, and Yum! Brands. The NTSC’s next board of directors meeting will be held in October at the time of our inaugural NTSC CISO Policy Conference in Atlanta.

About the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC)

The National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves as the preeminent advocacy voice for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) across the nation. Through dialogue, education, and government relations, we unite both public and private sector stakeholders around policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.

Contact: NTSC Associate Director, Kimberly Steele at or 470-823-4303

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