Don Davidson is Director, Cyber-SCRM Programs at Synopsys, where he is assisting in the stand-up of a new Chief Security Office (CSO) in the Office of the President. He is focused on hardware assurance (HwA) and software assurance (SwA) to enable trusted technology components and capabilities. In January 2019, he retired from the US Department of Defense (DoD) with over 44+ years of Federal Service, and his last 15 specialized in Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) on OSD-staff.
He previously served as Deputy Director for Cybersecurity (CS) Implementation & CS/Acquisition Integration, Chief, CS Lifecycle Risk Management / Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) and Chief, CS/SCRM Outreach, Science & Standards in the Office of the Deputy DoD Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity (DCIO-CS), where he led / co-chaired Cyber-Supply Chain Risk Management (C-SCRM) efforts in international, public/private, interagency & DoD. He also served 11 years active duty military in the US Army Field Artillery. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from USMA at West Point NY and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy (and Information Resource Management) from the National War College at National Defense University.
He was a participant (and is “quoted”) in the 2019 National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) Report to the President on “Advancing Resiliency and Fostering Innovation in the Information and Communications Technology Ecosystem”. He is an active participant in the ongoing DHS/CISA-led public-private ICT-SCRM Task Force. He was recently selected as a Cyber-SCRM Fellow at the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology and is the new Synopsys representative to Department of Commerce’s Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee (ISTAC). And, most recently he joined the Information Systems Security Association’s (ISSA) Executive Forum.