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MUSKEGO — A Muskego resident and former White House cybersecurity coordinator for the Obama administration died March 2 at the age of 67.

He is Howard Schmidt who as cybersecurity coordinator focused on helping to develop a national strategy for trusted identities in cyberspace. The federal government undertook that initiative in 2011 to make sensitive transactions via the internet more secure.

Schmidt also played an instrumental part in Operation Sun Devil, a 1990 nationwide United States Secret Service crackdown on computer hacking.

In the private sector, he held top positions with eBay and Microsoft.

In the academic world, Schmidt was a professor of practice at the Georgia Tech Information Security Center, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, professor of research at Idaho State University, adjunct distinguished fellow with Carnegie Mellon's CyLab, and a distinguished fellow with the Ponemon Institute.

Schmidt also is the author of several books on cybersecurity.

Endeavoring to upgrade cybersecurity, Schmidt was executive director of SafeCode, an organization endeavoring to help guard against cyber attacks. He also volunteered for 20 years with (ISC)², Inc., an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world.

The organization recently awarded him its Harold F. Tipton Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Today we mourn the loss of a leader that also was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather,” Wim Remes, chairman of the (ISC)² board of directors, said in a news release about Schmidt's passing.

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