Jim Richberg

Field CISO


Jim Richberg’s role as a Field Chief Information Security Office (CISO) at Fortinet leverages his 35 years’ experience leading and driving innovation in cybersecurity, threat intelligence, and cyber strategy. He currently focuses on measuring cybersecurity performance (ROI) and cyber risk management within government and companies, on improving election security, and on helping public and private sector organizations maximize their IT efficiency and security post-COVID-19 in the face of increasing operational complexity and budgetary pressure to “do more with less”.

Prior to joining Fortinet, Mr. Richberg served as the National Intelligence Manager for Cyber, the senior Federal Executive focused on cyber intelligence within the $80B+/100,000 employee US Intelligence Community (IC). He led creation and implementation of cyber strategy for the 17 departments and agencies of the IC, set integrated priorities on cyber threat, and served as Senior Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on cyber issues. He brings a broad enterprise-level approach to cybersecurity honed as a member of the Executive team which created and oversaw implementation of the multi-billion dollar whole-of-government Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) that generated new Government cyber capability and enhanced cybersecurity in the private sector and critical infrastructure.

Mr. Richberg’s broad operational, analytic and leadership experience –including his 20 years at CIA-- gives him practical insight into difficult cyber problems ranging from advanced threat capabilities to supply chain integrity and insider threat. He has extensive experience engaging with audiences ranging from Heads of State and CEO’s to analysts and IT staff. He brings a strong focus on strategic problem solving (identify and solve the key problem vs. the most visible one) and on framing complex problems in comprehensible terms that facilitate analysis and formulation of solutions.