Craig Spiezle is the Executive Director, Founder and CEO of the Online Trust alliance.
As Executive Director and Founder of OTA, Craig is a widely acclaimed security and privacy professional with a deep understanding of consumer trust, social computing and business impact. As a trusted advisor to business, members of Congress, the White House and various governmental agencies, he is recognized as an advocate on the importance of consumer trust, brand protection and the need for innovation while protecting the vitality of online services and commerce.
Prior to OTA, Craig spent over a decade at Microsoft, as Director of Security & Privacy Product Management for Internet Explorer, driving the development of anti-spam, anti-phishing, anti-malware and privacy enabling technologies. Spiezle has held various marketing and managerial positions including international channel development, leading product launches, business development and technology partnerships. Spiezle pioneered research into the convergence of technology and an aging society, authoring books and papers demonstrating the benefits of technology. Spiezle holds a BS in Photographic Sciences from Rochester Institute of Technology, MBA from Seattle University and the attended the Microsoft sponsored Executive Leadership Program with the Kellogg School of Management.
OTA's mission is to create an online trust community, promoting business practices and technologies to enhance consumer trust and the vitality of interactive marketing , ecommerce, governmental and online financial services. OTA is the only global organization which represents the broad internet ecosystem supporting user choice and control, protection of critical infrastructure, privacy and data governance, promoting marketing best practices, balanced legislation, benchmark reporting, and self-governance. Through its member companies, governmental organizations and organization affiliates, OTA represents over one million businesses and 750 million users worldwide with regional chapters in Asia Pacific, Canada and Europe. OTA is governed by a sectorial Board and Steering Committee and is a member of leading organizations committed to collaboration, law enforcement and data sharing including the Anti-Phishing Working Group, (APWG), Digital PhishNet, InfraGard, and the London Action Plan, (LAP).
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