Michael Del Rosso is an accomplished technology executive whose career spans 35 years.
He has served as CEO and CTO of large public technology companies and early stage companies. He has spent his career creating and fielding leading-edge technology products to the marketplace, and leveraging those products to address critical business needs in large enterprise environments.
He is also co-author of The Center for Security Policy’s intelligence analytic study, Shariah: The Threat to America: An Exercise in Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II).
He has extensive corporate operations experience and P&L responsibility in technology services, software (ISV), and computer hardware businesses. He has run significant R&D facilities and posses broad technical and fundamental design expertise, including issued and pending patents, in the areas of system-of-systems architectures; high performance computing; storage, knowledge, and content management; operating system internals; real-time systems; data communications & telephony; identity management; cyber security; disaster recovery; critical infrastructure protection; information warfare and cyber-terrorism.
He has participated in classified and unclassified Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), and information security initiatives, national security initiatives such as the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century (USCNS/21)/ Hart-Rudman Commission and the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack. He has designed and implemented technology solutions for the commercial, intelligence, and defense marketplaces.
As a consultant to US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) he advised and helped develop interagency and host nation partnerships and processes to anticipate and counter emerging threats including the rapid identification and fielding of solutions for SOF, CT and IC challenges. This included participation in Trident Spectre and Quantum Leap experiments to improve inter-agency and partner nation collaboration on countering threat operations.
He has extensive congressional outreach experience working with leadership and staff in both parties in the areas of homeland security, civil defense, counter-threat financing, critical infrastructure protection, counter terrorism, intelligence reform, WMD proliferation, and national missile defense. His recent policy focus has been conducting a national education campaign to secure the national electric grid from the threat of EMP and the hazard of severe geomagnetic storms, and advising on two pieces of pending legislation, HR 2417, the `Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act‘ or the `SHIELD Act,’ and HR 3410, the ‘Critical Infrastructure Protection Act’ or ‘CIPA,’
Previously he was Chief Technology Officer at three public companies: Quantum Corporation, Legato Systems, Inc., and OTG Software, Inc., the latter two now part of EMC, and was founding CTO of iDEFENSE (acquired by VeriSign). He has also held executive management positions at VII, Inc. and served on the board of directors of NFR Security, Inc. (acquired by Check Point Software). For 15 years prior to this he lead a successful consulting company providing expertise in engineering design, strategic planning, product management and marketing to corporations such as IBM, Amdahl, Control Data, Cheyenne Software, Secure Computing Corporation and Northern Telecom.
He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), past Chairman of the IEEE-USA Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC), a 2006 Lincoln Fellow at The Claremont Institute where he is presently Research Fellow in National Security Policy, Senior Fellow for Homeland and National Security at the Center for Security Policy, and has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Michael lives in Charlottesville, VA. He has two children. His daughter Kristin graduated from UVA and now works at Oracle. Nick is a second year at UVA.