Howard A. Schmidt, Former Cyber Security Advisor to Presidents Bush and Obama, Joins SAASPASS Looks forward to killing the password

Howard Schmidt, Former White House Cybersecurity Advisor, SAASPASS Chairman

SAASPASS Inc., the innovator of scan and proximity based sign-in, for seamless strong security, today announced the appointment of Howard Schmidt as Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Schmidt is the former cyber security advisor to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as having served as the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corporation and eBay. As Chairman of the Board, Schmidt will help SAASPASS become the de facto standard in strong, secure and seamless sign-in.

The single biggest source of system breaches trace back to compromised credentials and the weak link of username/passwords that are currently in use today, said Schmidt. The easiest way to thwart more than 90% of system breaches is to move to stronger authentication for all users, and SAASPASS provides the easiest and most seamless way to do so that I have seen to date, effectively killing the password as we know it in the process.”

“Schmidt has been known for his visionary opinions, advocating for a better framework for trust and identity, years before it was acknowledged by the market as a need,” said Sal Karatas, Co-Founder and CEO of SAASPASS. As the world becomes an ever more connected place, with billions of Internet of Things devices being added on top of websites and other online services that all need authentication, stronger security will be critical. SAASPASS provides seamless authentication that is inherently dynamic 2-Factor Authentication, on logins not only for websites, but also for devices, PCs and Macs, allowing for integration of all such services into on premise or in the cloud Active Directory setups.

About Howard A. Schmidt

Howard A. Schmidt has had over 40 years of public and private sector service in the security space. Hes served as Special Adviser on Cyberspace Security for the White House under President Bush, as well as Special Assistant to President Obama, where he was also National Cyber Security Co-ordinator. Outside the White House, Howard also served as Chief Security Officer for Microsoft and eBay. At Microsoft his duties included CISO, CSO and overseeing the Security Strategies Group. Before Microsoft, Mr. Schmidt was a supervisory special agent and director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Computer Forensic Lab and Computer Crime and Information Warfare Division. While there, he established the first dedicated computer forensic lab in the government. Before AFOSI, Mr. Schmidt was with the FBI at the National Drug Intelligence Center, where he headed the Computer Exploitation Team. He is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of computer forensics and computer evidence collection. Before working at the FBI, Mr. Schmidt was with the Chandler Police Department in Arizona. Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management. (MAOM)


With more than a thousand registered companies ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations, SAASPASS is fast becoming a preferred choice for Secure Sign-in and 2FA in one. The company allows security managers to strengthen the security of their networks effectively, by removing static credentials from their network infrastructure, while ensuring greater compliance with internal policies and external regulations and guidelines such as HIPAA and FFIEC. SAASPASS cloud technology offers customers significant economic advantages, requiring no capital outlay or infrastructure to deploy and manage. Its unprecedented device support makes SAASPASS ideal for companies that may have their workforce mobile, distributed across broad geographies and multiple locations. SAASPASS is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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