Paul Kurtz is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity and a co-founder of TruSTAR (acquired by Splunk). He is also a founding board member of the Cloud Security Alliance. Paul began working on cybersecurity at the White House in the late 1990s. He served in senior positions relating to critical infrastructure and counterterrorism on the White House's National Security and Homeland Security Councils under Presidents Clinton and Bush. After leaving government, Paul has held numerous private sector cybersecurity positions including founding the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (Acquired by Tech America), Executive Director of SAFECode, Managing Partner of Good Harbor Consulting in Abu Dhabi, and CISO of CyberPoint International. Paul’s work in intelligence analysis, counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection, and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction influenced his approach to cybersecurity. Specifically, the fields highlighted the need to build a cloud-based automated exchange platform which addresses barriers to sharing information — bureaucratic, legal, and market risk and concerns — while providing immediate value to operators defending networks.