April 18, 2019- Washington, DC— The Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) today announced two new strategic hires: Carlos Kizzee as vice president of intelligence and Melinda Reinicker as director of marketing and communications.
As vice president of intelligence, Carlos will be responsible for developing intelligence strategies to continue the strong engagement of the RH-ISAC sharing community. Carlos comes to the RH-ISAC with previous ISAC experience, leading the Defense Security Information Exchange as executive director since 2015 where he guided the organization in its reorganization into the National Defense ISAC. Carlos replaces Tommy McDowell who previously announced his pursuit of a new business venture focused on cybersecurity/threat intelligence program evaluation and transformational services.
Before ND-ISAC, Carlos served as the Center for Internet Security’s vice president for multi-sector initiatives and with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the deputy director. He served in a number of other roles at DHS heading up strategic cyber Initiatives in critical infrastructure and protection. Upon retirement from the Marine Corps, Carlos served as counsel for the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. A graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, Carlos has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, a juris doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a master of laws from the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army at the University of Virginia’s School of Law.
Melinda Reinicker joins the RH-ISAC as director of marketing and communications. In this role, Melinda will develop marketing and communications strategies to deliver member value, drive growth and build awareness of the RH-ISAC’s mission and vision to reduce cyber risks to retail and hospitality sectors. Previously, Melinda worked for the National Defense ISAC as the manager of marketing and communications. Before that, she worked for NTT Security as a marketing content manager and technical writer, and as a program analyst for the Control System Security Program and Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team within the DHS. Melinda is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and History.
“Carlos and Melinda bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their respective roles,” said Suzie Squier, president of the RH-ISAC. “Their specific ISAC and security expertise will be a great contribution to our retail and hospitality security community.”
The Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) is the trusted community for sharing sector-specific cyber security information and intelligence. The RH-ISAC connects information security teams at the strategic, operational and tactical levels to work together on issues and challenges, to share practices and insights, and to benchmark among each other – all with the goal of building better security for the retail and hospitality industries through collaboration. RH-ISAC serves retail, hotels, restaurants, gaming and other consumer-facing entities.