After existing for only a year or so, the National Cybersecurity Center is losing its cyber czar.
Tuesday, The center announced in a news release that CEO Ed Rios has resigned to focus on his business interests.
Vance Brown, executive chairman and co-founder of Cherwell Software, will serve as interim CEO while the board searches for Rios’s replacement. He’ll be assisted by Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ed Anderson.
The cybersecurity center was first announced in January 2016. Rios was named CEO last October, and Jen Furda, publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal, which is under the same ownership as the Independent, joined the center as chief operating officer in late February.
Here’s the release about Rios:
Ed Rios, CEO, National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) today announced his resignation in order to devote more time to his business interests. Rios stated, “I am grateful for the opportunity to have helped in bringing NCC from an idea to a viable organization serving a critical need in our evolving cyber landscape. We have accomplished a great deal in a brief time, and it is now time for me to return to provide leadership and direction for the other companies I own.”
NCC’s Board Chairman Bob Hurst, former Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs, expressed appreciation for Rios’ efforts in establishing the operating structure for NCC and ensuring the NCC is a viable organization. Hurst stated, “Ed Rios’ knowledge of cybersecurity, government and entrepreneurship made him uniquely qualified to lead NCC through its nascent phase. The NCC Board is grateful for Ed’s leadership. We are also fortunate Mr. Rios has agreed to continue serving NCC as a member of our Board of Directors.”
Hurst announced Vance Brown would assume the Interim CEO position for NCC. Vance Brown has over 20 years of experience as the CEO of software technology innovation and information technology companies. Currently, Brown is Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Cherwell Software. In 2014, he was named EY Entrepreneur of The Year™. In 2017, Vance Brown was named one of the “100 most intriguing entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs. Chairman Hurst stated, “NCC is fortunate to have someone of Vance’s character and caliber assisting with this transition. We are grateful to Ed Rios for his leadership and appreciative of Vance Brown’s willingness to accept this important baton from Mr. Rios.” Mr. Brown will be assisted by current NCC staff and Lieutenant General Ed Anderson (U.S. Army, retired) who has also agreed to provide interim support for National Cybersecurity Center.
The center is said to be located in the former Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center at 3650 N. Nevada Ave. but its website gives a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs address for its physical location.