Global Cyber Alliance Announces Board of Directors

President and CEO of Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), Philip Reitinger, announced GCA’s global Board of Directors. The Board will direct the operations of GCA, helping it to fulfill its mission of implementing solutions to eradicate systemic cyber risks.

Reitinger announced that the Board of Directors of GCA will include Shawn Henry, Troels Oerting, Scott Charney, Yurie Ito, William Pelgrin, and himself.

GCA is an international, cross-sector not-for-profit founded on September 16, 2015 by the New York County District Attorney’s Office, the City of London Police and the Center for Internet Security. GCA is unique as a global and cross-sector non-profit organization founded to “Do Something” — to fill a gap by implementing solutions rather than to study problems and to prepare recommendations.

Philip Reitinger, who was announced as the President and CEO of GCA on January 6th, 2016, said, “GCA’s Board of directors includes corporate leaders and cybersecurity experts from around the world, reflecting its global focus. These leaders will bring their extensive experience to GCA, and help ensure that the organization is focused directly on concrete action to reduce risk.”

The Board is chaired by William Pelgrin, who established the GCA along with the founders. Mr. Pelgrin is former President and CEO of the Center for Internet Security and former Chief Cyber Commissioner for New York State. Pelgrin said, “As the GCA Chair, I am very excited that GCA has such an impressive international Board and CEO and President. Each of these individuals is internationally recognized for their cyber and business expertise, which will provide valuable contributions to help fulfill the GCA’s mission and vision. They each have a strong commitment to make a difference for the global community.”

Shawn Henry, President of CrowdStrike Services, is the retired executive assistant director of the FBI. Henry is credited with boosting the FBI’s computer crime and cybersecurity investigative capabilities. He oversaw computer crime investigations spanning the globe, and posted FBI cyber experts in police agencies around the world. Henry said, “There are significant efforts in government and the private sector, but it is clear the cybersecurity problem is getting worse. I am pleased to be a part of a global effort to change that, concrete step by concrete step.”

Troels Oerting, Group Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Barclays, has more than 35 years’ experience in Law Enforcement — the last 15 in senior management positions in Danish and International police organizations with a focus on ICT security. He is the former the Director of Danish NCIS, the National Crime Squad, SOCA and the Director of operations in the Danish Security Intelligence Service. He was also assistant Director in Europol’s IMT Department, Assistant Director in Europol’s Operational Department, Head of European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and acting Head of Europol’s Counter Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Centre. Oerting said, “Cyber attacks are a global problem, and require a global approach to prevent them. I look forward to working with my fellow Board members and GCA to mitigate cybersecurity risks.”

Scott Charney is Corporate Vice President for Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group, where he helps ensure the company’s products and services comply with the Security Development Lifecycle, Operational Security Assurance, and other Microsoft security policies. Charney also leads Microsoft’s engagements with governments, partners and customers on security issues. Before joining Microsoft in 2002, he led PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Cybercrime Prevention and Response Practice and served as Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. Charney said, “Ever since I was at the U.S. Department of Justice during the 1990s, I have worked on cybercrime and cybersecurity. We are making progress, but we need to accelerate the adoption of secure technologies and dramatically increase security in the online world.”

Yurie Ito is Executive Director of CyberGreen Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the health of the Internet ecosystem through mitigation, measurement and proactive collaboration. She is also Director of Global Coordination Division for the JPCERT/CC, and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, associated with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative. She has led a number of international collaborative efforts such as serving as the Chair of the APCERT, Director of ICANN’s Global Security Programs, and Board member of the FIRST. Ito said, “During my years working on incident response internationally, I became convinced that mitigation efforts such as improving cyber ecosystem hygiene by cleaning-up infections and fixing risk conditions globally and measuring them, is an overlooked, but essential component of reducing global level of cybersecurity risks.”

To achieve its goal of eradicating cyber risks, GCA will rely on the strong and dynamic leadership of the Board of Directors and of the commitment of Partners willing to work together to undertake these tasks. Although charitable contributions will be welcome, there is no fee to join GCA. All are welcome to join the partnership by contacting [email protected]. More information about GCA can be found