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Hearst CISO Michael Palmer Joins NTSC Board of Directors

Monday, November 2, 2020

ATLANTA (November 2, 2020) – Michael Palmer, Chief Information Security Officer of Hearst, has been appointed to serve on the National Technology Security Coalition’s (NTSC) Board of Directors. Representing the media industry, Palmer 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.

“An essential aspect of my career involves connecting with my CISO peers through various organizations that encourage dialogue and using our voice to make positive change in the security industry,” said Palmer. “What attracted me to the NTSC was its unique mission of advocating for the voice of the CISO, across all industries, specifically around improving national cybersecurity policy. The NTSC’s policy priorities, ranging from strengthening the public-private partnership to improving workforce development, are all important to the CISO community. I look forward to working with my peers across the nation to discuss these issues of highest importance and help enact positive change in Washington, D.C.”

As the Chief Information Security Officer for Hearst, Palmer leads enterprise-wide vision, strategy, and architecture of information security and technology risk management. Formerly, Palmer served as the first Chief Information Security Officer in the NFL, responsible for governing the league’s cybersecurity strategy, policies, and programs while protecting its brand, intellectual property, and assets. His background includes 20+ years of broad cybersecurity and enterprise risk management experience, including deep specialization in corporate technology infrastructure, identifying threats, and pinpointing vulnerabilities.

An industry thought leader, Palmer serves on the Grambling State University Technology Advisory Board and Rochester Institute of Technology Computer Security Advisory Board. Palmer also co-chairs the governing body of the New York CISO Executive Summit (Evanta), an organization that fosters collaboration and knowledge sharing across the New York CISO community. Passionate about diversity and inclusion in the technology space, Palmer serves on the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) Strategic Advisory Board to help bridge the great cyber divide, working to attract more women and minorities into the information security industry.

“As the CISO of a leading global, diversified media, information and services company, an industry thought leader, and a heavily-involved member of the CISO community, Michael will bring important insights and ideas to the NTSC based on his varied cybersecurity experiences,” said Patrick Gaul, Executive Director of the NTSC. “His involvement with colleges, CISO organizations, and diversity groups give Michael multiple ways to enrich the NTSC due to the broad reach of his contributions to our industry. We are happy to have Michael on our Board of Directors and look forward to working with him.”

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, and our National CISO Policy Conference.

Palmer joins a prestigious board of CISOs representing leading companies including Aaron’s, Inc., Aflac, Dollar Tree, Eli Lilly and Company, Ellie Mae, Equifax, Globe Life, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Huntington Bank, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, Labcorp, Mastercard, McKesson, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, NCR, Oceaneering, Ohio State University, Sage Group, State Street, Synovus, TaxSlayer, Technology Association of Georgia, TransUnion, Unisys, US Bank, Voya Financial, and Western Digital.

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.

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