Richard Shinnick



Richard Shinnick, former NSA advisor and Air Force veteran, is the founder of Touchstone Security. Mr. Shinnick has 35+ years of experience in the computer security industry. Mr. Shinnick provides advice on the risks associated with information technology with a specialty focus on cloud technology. In 1998, Mr. Shinnick founded his first company, Shinnick Consulting. In 2000 he co-founded a second company, STIGroup, Ltd., and grew the company to 40+ employees before selling. Prior to STIGroup, he worked in the Information Security group at Goldman Sachs, where he played a key role in the development of corporate standards for the design and implementation of cybersecurity technologies. Prior to Goldman, he developed and headed the Information Security Consulting Division at Digital Network Associates, a premier Wall Street systems integration company. For a decade Mr. Shinnick developed and taught Cyber Security courses at Columbia University, New York University, the University of Barcelona, and Borough of Manhattan Community College. He is a proud volunteer at American Corporate Partners, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. He became a first responder as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown after 9/11. Mr. Shinnick served in the United States Air Force Electronic Security Command as an Airborne Cryptologic Linguist in the Rivet Joint Program during the Cold War. He holds a B.S. degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a 10+ year member of Entrepreneurs Organization.