Rich Baich

Rich Baich

Executive Vice President and CISO

Wells Fargo

Degree Institution: Wells Fargo

Biography:

Rich Baich is Wells Fargo’s Chief Information Security Officer. The four Corporate Risk teams encompassed by Rich’s world include Enterprise Information Security Strategy and Oversight, Enterprise Access Management, Information Security Engineering and Services, and Cyber Defense and Monitoring.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2012, Rich was a Principal at Deloitte & Touche where he led the Global Cyber Threat and Vulnerability Management practice. Rich’s other security leadership roles include Naval Information Warfare Officer for the National Security Agency (NSA), Senior Director for Professional Services at Network Associates (now McAfee) and after 9/11, as Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Rich retired after 20+ years of military service.

In 2005, Rich authored Winning as a CISO, a leadership sourcebook for security executives. The book was awarded the “Cybersecurity Canon” in 2015.  In 2015, Rich authored a chapter on “Collaboration and communication between technical and nontechnical staff, business lines and executives” in Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers.

Rich received the "Information Security  Executive  of  the  Year  in  Georgia"  award  in  2004  for  his  security  and pioneering leadership. He was appointed the Chair for the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC) in 2016 and serves as an advisor for the 44th and 45th President’s Commission on Cybersecurity as well as the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP).

Rich holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management from the University of Maryland University College as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy. Rich is also a Joint Forces Staff College and Naval War College graduate. He qualified as an Information Warfare Officer and has numerous security industry certifications.