• 1943 October 14
    (b.) - ?


An American engineer, he had a 22-year career with the Department of Defense at the National Security Agency, the Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was a member of a team that developed the ARPAnet, the breakthrough packet switching system that evolved into the Internet. He is nationally recognized for his pioneering work on the DoD Computer Security Initiative, establishment of the National Computer Security Center and the Defense Data Network. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, but his family soon moved to Kansas City, Missouri. When he was in the sixth grade, they moved to Boston. He holds a BSEE degree from Northeastern University and an MSEE degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1983, he left the government and founded Trusted Information Systems, Inc (TIS), serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Initially located in his garage on Shady Lane in Glenwood, Maryland; as the company grew, rather than move to Baltimore or the Washington D.C. suburbs, a small office building was constructed on land next to his new home on Rte. 97. TIS was a computer security research and development company, performing computer and communications (information) security research for organizations such as NSA, DARPA, ARL, AFRL, SPAWAR, and others. The first whitehouse.gov e-mail server was located at their headquarters. TIS's operating system work directly affected BSD/OS, on which the Gauntlet Firewall was based, as well as Linux, FreeBSD, Darwin, and others. The company employed over 350 people and at various times it employed notable information security experts including David Elliott Bell, Martha Branstad, John Pescatore, Marv Schaefer, Steve Crocker, Marcus Ranum, John Williams, Steve Lipner and Carl Ellison. The company went public in 1996 and soon afterward attempted to acquire PGP, Inc. The company was instead acquired in 1998 by Network Associates (NAI), which later became McAfee, who had already bought PGP, Inc. in 1997. The security research organization became NAI Labs and the Gauntlet engineering and development organization was folded into Network Associates' engineering and development. He is currently the Chairman of the Technology Leadership Consortium, a volunteer group of leaders of technology organizations across the region. In that role he is leading the Informatics Initiative, an effort to recognize the significance of informatics in all aspects of our region's development. He received the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the first National Computer System Security Award. He has received the KPMG High Technology Entrepreneur Award and the Greater Baltimore Technology Council's "Baltimore's Extraordinary Technology Advocate" (BETA) Award. He is a member of Board of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation and the Greater Baltimore Technology Council as well as many private company Boards of Directors and several university Boards of Visitors. He has testified often before the U.S. Congress and is widely acknowledged as an expert and leader in information security technology and policy. He is currently President of Steve Walker and Associates and Managing Partner of Walker Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund specializing in the Mid Atlantic region.
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    1943 October 14
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    Member of a team that developed the ARPAnet, the breakthrough packet switching system that evolved into the Internet
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