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For Immediate Release
April 2, 2018
ABA Media Contact: Sarah Grano
(202) 663-5470
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Paul Benda Joins ABA to Head Cybersecurity Policy

Benda will lead cybersecurity, physical security and risk management practices

​WASHINGTON — Paul Benda has been named senior vice president, risk management policy at the American Bankers Association, the trade group announced today. In his new role, Benda will lead ABA’s policy initiatives in cybersecurity, physical security and risk management practices as part of ABA’s Center for Payments and Cybersecurity. Benda’s first day is April 2.

Benda comes to the association from Global Security and Innovative Strategies, where he was partner and chief technology officer, using risk-based strategies to help clients integrate new security technologies.
A veteran security expert, Benda has served in multiple roles at the Department of Homeland Security, including chief of staff, senior counselor to the undersecretary and acting deputy undersecretary in the department’s Science and Technology Directorate, and director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency.
 “Paul brings an impressive depth of knowledge and experience in both physical and cyber security — areas that are of critical importance to the banking industry and top priorities for ABA,” said ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols. “We are delighted to welcome a professional of his caliber to our team.”
During his time at DHS’s Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, Benda helped establish the cybersecurity division, which included the development of technologies to protect and defend the .gov and .com domains. In addition, he oversaw and executed SAFETY Act applications and approvals to enhance security capabilities at prominent public venues, including sports stadiums, airports, ports, commercial facilities and urban transportation centers.
He has also served in positions at the Department of Defense and Booz Allen Hamilton. While at DOD, Benda helped develop the first integrated security master plan for the Pentagon and led the development, testing and operational installation of the most advanced chemical and biological protection system ever constructed.
“The banking industry has devoted a tremendous amount of time, effort and resources to keep customers, their money and their information safe,” said Benda. “I look forward to working with my ABA colleagues and bankers across the country to build on that success.”
Benda served in the U.S. Air Force., rising to the rank of captain. His assignments included the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y. He holds both a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
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