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Robert Rodriguez

Chairman of the Security Innovation Network and senior adviser to the Chertoff Group

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Photograph by Guido Vitti for Bloomberg BusinessweekRobert Rodriguez served more than 22 years as a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service. He is founder of the Security Innovation Network (SINET), whose mission is to advance innovation and enable global collaboration between the public and private sectors to defeat cyber security threats. SINET connects builders, buyers, researchers, and investors in the cyber security sector. The organization helps small and large companies through its strategic advisory services, community-building activities, and networking events.

Rodriguez’s executive protection experience spanned 10 years at the White House, serving Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, William Clinton, and numerous heads of state. During his career he held a number of leadership roles within the Executive Protection, Protective Intelligence, Inspection, and Criminal Investigation divisions.

In 2001, Rodriguez spearheaded the development of the Secret Service’s first public-private cyber security initiative in Northern California. In this role he served as a catalyst for the Department of Homeland Security’s effort to establish partnerships with key government, public, private, and international stakeholders in order to mitigate risk to the U.S.’s critical infrastructures. Since 2005, Rodriguez has been coordinating the public-private sector outreach for the International Cyber Security Research and Development Center and Stanford University’s computer science department, where he is also an adviser. He served on an advisory board of the U.S. Air Force that helped design a public-private cyber security group, and he has been called upon numerous times by the Department of Defense to help coordinate its private sector outreach.

Rodriguez serves on the board of advisers for the Chertoff Group, is director emeritus for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, and is a certified graduate of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service program. In 2009, CSO magazine gave Rodriguez its Compass Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership in the security field.

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