Rick is part of ICANN's Security team and has over 35 years of Internet experience as engineer, entrepreneur, and policy expert. His interests have been intertwined with the progress of technology from an early age starting with radio to integrated circuitry to computers to networking and the Internet. Currently responsible for DNSSEC efforts at ICANN including outreach and training, Rick was the technical and policy architect for ICANN's root DNSSEC deployment. He regularly teaches and speaks on DNS/DNSSEC and other ICT topics and is a driving force behind DNSSEC's deployment as a cross-organizational, trans-national platform for Internet security innovation and business opportunity. Prior to this he was Director of Global IT policy at the US Department of State where he focused on helping policy makers understand technology across a wide range of agencies and governance issues. Before this he founded a number of small networking startups based on his inventions, the last being acquired by Microsoft, and continues to collaborate with startups on innovative solutions and has a number of patents. His years in the networking field have included implementation and commercialization of a wide range of communication protocols (UUCP, MEP2, BiSYNC, SDLC, X.25, DECNET, Q.921/931, H.323, IPX, TCP/IP, DNS). Rick received his doctorate from MIT.