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Rich Baich

Chief Information Security Officer,
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Joseph “Rich” Baich serves as CIA’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Director of the Office of Cyber Security (OCS).

Mr. Baich brings with him a wealth of technical leadership experience and cybersecurity expertise, including his most recent role as American Insurance Group’s (AIG) Global Chief Information Security Officer. At AIG, he was responsible for developing, implementing, and operating an information security strategy to address their global cyber risks. Previously, Mr. Baich was the CISO for Wells Fargo and a principal at Deloitte. His prior government experience includes retiring as an Information Warfare Officer in the US Navy for NSA and serving as Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for the National Infrastructure Protection Center at the FBI. As a member of our Digital C-Suite, he partners with the Chief Information Officer and Chief Data Officer to further integrate our approaches to cybersecurity, enterprise information technology, and data management.

Mr. Baich holds an MBA and a Master of Science in Financial Management from the University of Maryland University College, a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy, and is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and Naval War College. During his military service, he qualified not only in surface warfare, but in a range of technical fields, including space, cryptology, and information warfare, all while maintaining numerous security industry certifications. He is the author of Winning as a CISO, a leadership sourcebook for security executives. In 2021, Mr. Baich was honored as one of the top 100 CISOs by CISO Connect and was selected by the Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) to receive their inaugural 2021 EWF Catalyst award. The EWF Catalyst award was presented to five outstanding male executives that have been exemplary in their engagement, commitment, and support of gender equality.