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Mike Howard

Chief Security Officer (CSO)

​Mike led development of Microsoft’s three interconnected Global Security Operations Centers (GSOCs), which perform global security monitoring and response. Based at Microsoft campuses in the United States, India, and United Kingdom, the GSOCs have become well known in the security field as a leading model for conducting operations globally.

A security leader, Mike contributes to the field through key roles in numerous industry organizations: International Security Management Association (ISMA), Board of Directors; Security Industry Association (SIA), Board of Directors; U.S. State Department Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), Forecast and Innovation Committee; International Security Conference (ISC), Advisory Board; and Security Executive Council.

As an internationally renowned speaker, Mike draws on his extensive security background to help drive the industry to innovate. He speaks regularly as a subject matter expert on security and leadership. Mike has been profiled in the security press, including Security Technology Executive and Security magazines. Security named him one of the most influential people in security in 2010.

Before joining Microsoft, Mike spent 22 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, finishing as Chief of Station, the agency’s highest field position. Mike also worked in the CIA’s Office of Security and served on the security staff of the Director of Central Intelligence. Moving to the Directorate of Operations, he worked in the Counterterrorism Center, ran global programs, and served in assignments around the world. He was executive officer for the Office of Military Affairs and a special investigator for the Office of Inspector General.

Mike served as a law enforcement officer with the Oakland, California, police in the late 1970s. He holds a BS in criminal justice administration from San Jose State University.