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Microsoft Executive Security Advisor Jim Eckart Joins NTSC Board of Directors

Monday, April 20, 2020

ATLANTA (April 20, 2020) – Jim Eckart, Executive Security Advisor at Microsoft, has been appointed to serve on the National Technology Security Coalition’s (NTSC) Board of Directors. Representing the technology industry, Eckart will help influence the strategic direction of the NTSC and join Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) who represent a broad cross-section of enterprise companies. These security executives have a vested interest in protecting the security of their customers and employees through policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.

“Through my experience talking about cybersecurity programs to boards, I hear from a variety of stakeholders about the cyber threats that concern our companies and country,” said Eckart. “Digital transformation is transforming our economy but also evolves so quickly that we need to be vigilant about how national cybersecurity policy can support our technological evolution while mitigating the risk of consistent, persistent cyberattacks. A group like the NTSC, fostering a non-partisan industry-agnostic set of policy positions supported by CISOs from some of our nation’s biggest companies, brings a powerful voice to Washington D.C. that has long been missing. I am honored to join the NTSC’s Board of Directors and look forward to working with this group to positively affect national cybersecurity policy.”

As an Executive Security Advisor with the Microsoft Cybersecurity Solutions Group (CSG), Eckart is a trusted advisor to IT, security, privacy, compliance, legal and business executives as they proceed on their digital transformation journeys. He regularly engages in public speaking, thought leadership, and policy and standards engagements in support of secure digital transformation across the public and private sectors in the United States and internationally. Eckart joined Microsoft following prior CISO roles at Eli Lilly and Company and most recently The Coca-Cola Company. He regularly contributes thought leadership in forums such as World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cybersecurity and Gartner’s Information Risk Management Research Board.

“Jim is a seasoned CISO and thought leader around key issues that interest and concern our Board of Directors such as governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC); policies, standards, and controls; and third-party risk management,” said Patrick Gaul, Executive Director of the NTSC. “We were delighted when Jim accepted our invitation to join the NTSC Board of Directors, and we are excited about working with him on our policy priorities in 2020. With unique cybersecurity perspectives, and both deep strategic and technical knowledge about our industry, Jim will offer us important guidance as the NTSC carries out its mission in 2020 and beyond.”

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.

Eckart joins a prestigious board of CISOs representing leading companies including Aaron’s, Aflac, Carrier, DocuSign, Dollar Tree, Ellie Mae, Freddie Mac, Globe Life, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Huntington Bank, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, loanDepot, Mastercard, McKesson, Motorola Mobility, NCR, Oceaneering, Ohio State University, Sage Group, Synovus, TaxSlayer, Technology Association of Georgia, TransUnion, Unisys, US Bank, VF Corporation, Voya Financial, WarnerMedia, 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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