Hord Tipton is the Executive Director at (ISC)², the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, with over 78,000 members in more than 135 countries. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing the management team and guiding the organisation’s strategic direction in accordance with the (ISC)² board of directors.
Before joining (ISC)², he served for five years as the CIO for the US Department of the Interior where he managed IT operations for 2,500 DOI offices with 3,650 IT employees, 5,800 contracted employees and an IT portfolio of US$ 1.2 billion.
Tipton served in a number of business roles prior to his work as a full-time CIO. He was directly responsible for balancing resource usage on 290,000,000 acres of public land involving forestry, recreational programmes, mineral extraction, law enforcement, and wild land firefighters throughout the United States.
He has received the Distinguished Rank Award from the President of the United States – the highest lifetime award attainable by a federal civil servant.
Before entering government service, he worked for 13 years as an Engineer for Union Carbide Nuclear Corporation in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.