Tom PattersonGlobal Lead, Security Consulting, Computerworld Follow me on Google+

Tom Patterson leads CSC’s Global Cybersecurity Consulting practice, directing a team of experts focused on helping clients deploy and operate the most appropriate security countermeasures for their risk, compliance, and business environment. A proven security leader, Tom has been working for three decades on all facets of cybersecurity including: hardware, software, managed services, policy, privacy, threat mitigation, compliance, and governance. Initially trained by the intelligence community, Tom understands both the art and science of security, and is a recognized thought leader in the space with numerous keynote speeches, a well reviewed book, and regular guest expert appearances on television. Tom maintains a Top Secret security clearance with the Government, and is active in the fight to defend critical infrastructure enterprises from all threats, foreign and domestic.

In addition to recently keynoting the Counter Intelligence Joint Task Force annual meeting on cyber threats and the Department of Justice’s annual cyber security conference, Tom has served as a Chief Security Officer (CSO) twice (Financial and High Tech sector’s), testified to the U.S. Congress on security, briefed the FDIC, NCIX and US Secret Service on the latest in fraud countermeasures, briefed the White House on Healthcare privacy issues, the entertainment sector (NAB, NATPE) on protecting and monetizing their IP, as well as advising leading companies on PCI, HIPAA, HI-TECH, Meaningful Use, and ISO compliance and risk reduction in their business. Throughout his career, Tom has worked on security for a space shuttle launch (STS-37), a United Way telethon (9/11), and the launch of an aircraft carrier (CVN73), as well as developing security architectures for the use of mobile and cloud services in the payment ecosystem. Tom has also developed mobile security architectures and cloud security transitions for Fortune 500 companies. Earlier Tom served as the CSO for the team that developed the Internet’s first directory search engine, secure browsers, and certificate authority, and has served in executive security roles for KPMG, Deloitte, IBM and Dell. He currently advises Federal law enforcement on the latest threat and countermeasure activity in his field through his service on several classified Federal Government working groups.

Tom is based in CSC’s California offices, and travels frequently on behalf of CSC and our clients around the world. Tom is a frequent guest security expert in the media including CNBC, CNN, and Fox News, blogs frequently on Twitter/TomTalks, and can be reached through your CSC relationship executive or directly at

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