Marcus Sachs Named to Verizon National Security Post

WASHINGTON - Marcus H. Sachs, one of the nation's leading operational experts on cyberspace security, has been named Verizon executive director of government affairs for national security policy.

Sachs represents Verizon on cyber security policy matters in government task forces, industry working groups, formal committees and industry trade associations, at the national level in Washington, D.C.  He is a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, which is identifying strategy and making recommendations for the next administration to promote cyberspace security. He co-chairs a related CSIS panel on critical infrastructure security.

Sachs reports to J. Michael Hickey, vice president of government affairs for national security policy.

"Marcus Sachs has more than two decades of experience working in multiple organizations of the national security policy community, including the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, private research companies and international communications security organizations," Hickey said.  "He is one of the nation's leading operational experts on cyberspace security, is frequently quoted by the media, and is well versed in all aspects of cyberspace security policy.  Both Verizon and our stakeholder communities will benefit from his wisdom and experience."

Prior to joining Verizon, Sachs directed the Washington, D.C., operations of SRI International's Computer Science Laboratory.  He previously served as the Department of Homeland Security's first Cyber Program director, where he developed the initial concept for the department's United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team.  In the wake of the Sept.11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he was appointed by President Bush as director of communication infrastructure protection on the National Security Council staff.

Sachs, who retired from the U.S. Army in 2001 after serving for 20 years, was one of the Army's first officers with a career focused on cyberspace operations.  He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master's degree in science and technology commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master's degree in computer science from James Madison University. 

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