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Meet Rick Howard


Meet the members of Ohio State's Cyber Security Canon Committee. 


Rick Howard

Rick Howard Head Shot

Rick is the Chief Analyst, CSO, and Senior Fellow at The CyberWire. His prior jobs include Palo Alto Networks CSO, TASC CISO, iDefense GM, Counterpane Global SOC Director, and the Commander of the U.S. Army’s Computer Emergency Response Team. He helped found the Cyber Threat Alliance and the Cybersecurity Canon project. Rick holds a Master of Computer Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and an engineering degree from the US Military Academy. He has published many academic papers on security and has contributed to two books: “Cyber Fraud: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures” and “Cyber Security Essentials.” - SOURCE




What books are on your nightstand?


Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Something Wicked this way Comes


What’s the last great Security book you read?



Are there any classic novels that you only recently read for the first time?

Tuesdays with Morrie

Don Quixote


To Have and Have not


Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how)?

On vacation, early in the morning, on the balcony of a hotel, near the ocean.


What’s your favorite book no one else has heard of?

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowel


Which writers – novelists, playwrights, critics, journalists, poets – working today do you admire most?

Stephen King can really tell a story well

Ron Chernow on his biographies

Mark Bowden can write about anything

Bill Bryson: funny

Malcom Gladwell: I love his contrarian view of the world.

Neal Stephenson: Big ideas

Walter Isaacson: Biographer extraordinaire

Dan Simmons: Compelling stories

David Mccullough: History


What Security book would you most like to see turned into a movie or TV show that hasn’t already been adapted?

The Cuckoo's Egg


What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a Security book recently?

From the 5th Domain, that the cybersecurity personnel shortage is not at the entry level, it is at the senior level.


Which Security subjects do you wish more authors would write about?

That there are humans on the other side of hacker keyboards and we should try to defeat them, not simply the tools they create.


How do you organize your books?

By genre: Cybersecurity, history, horror, etc ....


What book did you feel as if you were supposed to like, and didn’t?

To have and have not


What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet?

Pride and Prejudice

oh, so many ....


What do you plan to read next?

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—But Some Don't


What book do you wish was never converted into movie? 

Dark Tower


Which book or movie most inspired you in this field?

Cuckoo's Egg