Robert D. Rodriguez

Chairman and Founder
Security Innovation Network (SINET)

Robert D. Rodriguez

Robert D. Rodriguez is the Chairman and Founder of the Security Innovation Network (SINET) www.security-innovation.org whose focus is on the advancement of IT security innovation into the industry and government markets. Previous to this he spent over twenty-two years as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. During this tenure he held a number of leadership roles within Executive Protection, Protective Intelligence and Criminal Investigations. He served as a supervisor on the Presidential Protective Detail, Counter Assault Team, Protective Intelligence and Criminal Investigation operations. His executive protection experience spanned 11 years at the White House serving Presidents Ronald W. Reagan, George H. Bush, William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, Vice President Dan Quayle and numerous Heads of State.

For the last two and a half years of his career Mr. Rodriguez managed Secret Service operations for the Northern District of California and spearheaded the development of the Secret Service’s first public-private partnership cyber initiative in the Bay Area. He was at the forefront of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) effort to establish partnerships with key government; public, private and international stakeholders relative to the IT security of their critical infrastructures. In 2003 Mr. Rodriguez chaired a DHS and Secret Service sponsored National IT security symposium at Stanford University and he continues to influence executives of Fortune 500 companies to engage in public-private partnerships. Since 2005 he has been coordinating the public private partnership outreach for the DHS SRI International Cyber Security R & D Center. As an advisor to these programs Mr. Rodriguez brings together representatives from disparate groups (academia, science, private industry, investment banking, government, system integrators, intelligence communities, entrepreneurs, policy makers, innovators, DoD, law enforcement and venture capital) to collaborate on IT security challenges and needs. He was the catalyst behind private industries input towards the design of a Computer Security academic module/curriculum for Stanford University and assisted in the coordination of a National Science Foundation supported academic internship program with industry partners. Mr. Rodriguez is the Chairman of fourth annual IT Security Entrepreneurs’ Forum (ITSEF IV) held every year at Stanford University. A critical focus is "bridging gaps" between innovative early stage and emerging IT security solution providers from across the nation and the system integration, industry and Federal Government markets. In addition, ITSEF V will take place in Washington DC in October 2010. The primary focus of ITSEF V will be to match the Federal Government’s most critical needs and requirements with the "best of class" cyber security solutions. Representatives from the System Integration, Academic, Science, Federal Government, Private Industry, DoD, Venture Capital and Investment Banking communities will be in attendance.

The above events are both designed to promote small business growth and increased awareness of innovative technologies from across North America. He is an advisor to TRUST, a NSF trusted computing grant program that includes seven of our nation’s top universities. Mr. Rodriguez is presently coordinating a working group comprised of Stanford University’s Business and Computer Science Schools in conjunction with industry CISOs towards the development of a risk metrics model for cyber security. He is also on an Advisory Board that is designing a public private construct relative to cyber security for the United States Air Force and is advising Innovation Norway on building their Global public private sector construct. He was also recruited by the Bay Area Council to help develop their cyber security policy initiative.

Mr. Rodriguez believes in mutually beneficial trust based relationships that are both top-down and bottom up. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Emerald Bowl and is on the Gartner Information Security Summit Advisory Board. Mr. Rodriguez is a certified graduate of the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service Program and was a recipient of the 2009 CSO Magazine CSO Compass Award in recognition of outstanding leadership in the security field.