Award Recipients

Richard Marshall

2023 Founders Award

Dr. Marshall offers 30 plus years of broad executive leadership experience as a former member of the Senior Executive Service in the federal government having served in the Department of Defense, National Security Agency (legal architect of nation’s first cyber warfare exercise), the White House (Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative), the Department of Commerce (Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office), and the Department of Homeland Security (Director of Global Cyber Security Management).

Since retiring from the federal government (Senior Executive Service) he has broadened his executive experience by serving as Chairman of three corporations and on various boards of advisors and directors, CEO of tech startups, Executive Director of a non-profit research center, and Special Cyber Advisor to the government of Moldova.

Founder and Chairman of the Board of CinturionGroup, a global provider of international fiber optic cable communications systems and services delivering high-reliability and high-capacity solutions via the next generation of fiber optic networks. Current project is connecting Europe to India and Singapore through Israel, Jordon, and Saudi Arabia.

Chairman of the Board of SDSE Networks. Home of SCOUT Providing Software defined Secure Enclave. SDSE (SCOUT) secures and encrypts network communications: each endpoint, every instance, over any device, any place in the world. "Engineered with Stealth, Dark by Design."

As President of X-SES Consultants LLC, he advocates at the board level, comprehensive sustainable corporate information technology governance programs that foster cost-effective software assurance, supply chain risk management, cyber security awareness training, and procurement strategies.

Other Executive Leadership positions include:

  • General Counsel, Colloquium on Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) the premier forum for government, industry, and academia to collectively advance the state of cybersecurity education.
  • Recipient of the CISSE William H. Murray Founders Award, October, 2021.
  • Member, Editorial Board and Program Committee, CISSE
  • Strategic Advisor to Quantinium: Changing the world by creating a global wi-fi Network on a Quantum Secured Decentralized Blockchain
  • General Counsel, Information Systems Security Association ISSA International
  • CEO of Secure Exchange Technology Innovations: Currently developing a secure alternative to "Zoom."
  • Advisory Board Member of Eclipses whose industry leading cybersecurity software, Micro Token Exchange enables clients to protect their most sensitive data from exploitation and compromise by threat actors.
  • Cyber Advisor to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  • Co-founder and Advisor to Wheatfield Partners LLC, a minority woman owned cyber security education and recruiting startup in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Strategic Advisor to Pattern Computer: capitalizes on synthesizing Big Data that has the potential to revolutionize everything from finance to health care. The company focuses on "pattern discovery" rather than "pattern recognition." Recently won the coveted “Most Valued Company Award” at Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo.
  • Strategic Advisor to Hatha Systems: The centerpiece of Hatha Systems (woman owned) integrated analysis environment is their award-winning Knowledge Refinery solution consisting of a set of tools which can be used to analyze the ever-evolving set of business/mission applications that reside in most organizations today.
  • Strategic Advisor to Red Shred (woman owned): Extracts specific data from large unstructured documents. Currently assisting a national law firm in a major class action lawsuit and a finalist in an Air Force contract competition.
  • Board Member of the International Cyber Security Advisory Dialogue Board: A woman owned and directed think tank that seeks to bring security technologies and national policy makers together to bridge their communications gap.
  • Strategic Advisor to INVNT/IP Global Consortium: Advocates the protection of corporate intellectual property from State sponsored theft. Focuses on protecting intellectual property-inventing nations from nation-sponsored IP theft. INVNT/IP’s membership includes the world’s major technology firms and is joined by government agencies.

Dr. Marshall graduated from The Citadel with a B.A. in Political Science, History, and English; National Defense University (Strategic Studies); Creighton University School of Law with a J.D; Georgetown University School of Law with an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law; was a Fellow at the National Security Law Institute, University of Virginia School of Law; completed the Harvard University School of Law Summer Program; the Georgetown University Government Affairs Institute on Advanced Legislative Strategies; Featured speaker at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School; the Privacy, Security and Technology in the 21st Century program at Georgetown University School of Law; and the US-Russia Cyber Security Workshop at Tufts University.

He has twice represented the United States before Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice in London and is licensed to practice before the United States District Court, 8th Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, the United States Court of Military Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.