Richard Schaeffer

CIS Board Member

Richard C. “Dick” Schaeffer Jr. is a member of the CIS Board of Directors. He is a former Senior Executive with the National Security Agency (NSA), with more than 40 years of U.S. government service, including 15 years as a Member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service. Schaeffer brings extensive leadership, management, and technical experience in the areas of information security and intelligence.

Principal positions during his career include Director of Information and Infrastructure Assurance in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence) at the Pentagon; NSA Deputy Chief of Staff; Acting Director of Research; Director, National Security Operations Center; Information Assurance Deputy Director; and Information Assurance Director during the last four years of his career with the NSA.

Since retiring from the NSA in 2010, Schaeffer has continued to pursue his passion for improving the security of U.S. interests in the cyber domain. He started a private consulting firm, Riverbank Associates in Severna Park, Maryland, providing clients with expert services in the areas of cyber and intelligence consulting. Schaeffer serves on the advisory boards of a number of government, private sector, and nonprofit companies and organizations, including the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and the National Board of Information Security Examiners.

Schaeffer remains a strong advocate of cyber education and training, believing that the nation’s future in the complex world of cyberspace depends upon a corps of professionals who are well equipped to deal with a rapidly changing technology and threat environment.