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Cybercrime Advisory Council

The goals of the Cybercrime Advisory Council are to educate businesses and users on the techniques used by cybercriminals, and to develop new and innovative ways to combat cybercrime globally.

The Advisory Council convene to discuss the state of global efforts and identify areas for improvement. The Council takes a three-pronged approach to fighting cybercrime: innovation, education and legal frameworks.

McAfee's Cybercrime Council will represent each region of the world. Its membership will consist of leaders in key areas identified in McAfee’s multi-point strategy (law enforcement, policy, research, critical infrastructure, etc.). These are individuals with seniority, prestige with clear definable work and contacts in this area.


  • Identify recipients for the McAfee Cybercrime Fighter Award, recognizing those whose continued efforts are making a difference in the war on cybercrime
  • Identify recipients for McAfee Cybercrime Grants
  • Educate businesses and consumers on steps they can take to thwart cybercrime

Cybercrime Advisory Council—Initial Members

Paul B. Kurtz, Chairman

Mr. Kurtz is a managing partner at Good Harbor Consulting, advising clients on cyber-security and homeland security issues, after serving as the founding Executive Director of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA). Prior to CSIA, Mr. Kurtz was special assistant to the President on the White House's Homeland Security Council (HSC), where he was responsible for cyber and physical security.

Before joining HSC in 2003, Mr. Kurtz served on the White House's National Security Council (NSC) as senior director for national security of the Office of Cyberspace Security, where he once held the position of director for counterterrorism. He was also a member of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, where he developed the international component of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

Mr. Kurtz received his bachelor's degree from Holy Cross College and his master's degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Ian Brown

Dr. Ian Brown is a research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, and an honorary senior lecturer at University College London. His work is focused on public policy issues around information and the Internet, particularly privacy, copyright and e-democracy. He also works in the more technical fields of information security, networking and healthcare informatics.

Tom Donlea, Executive Director—Merchant Risk Council

Tom is the Executive Director of the Merchant Risk Council (MRC), the leading trade association for supporting merchants in preventing online fraud and promoting secure e-commerce in global online payments. The MRC consists of more than 7,500 members including 120 of the world’s largest Internet retailers who account for a large segment of all e-commerce revenue. Donlea has 15 years of non-profit management experience including starting a network of venture philanthropy organizations as Executive Director of Social Venture Partners International from 2001 to 2005. Donlea received his BA in Finance and Marketing from Loras College in Dubuque, IA.

Greg Garcia, Partnership Executive for Cybersecurity and Identity Management, Bank of America

Greg Garcia is partnership executive for cybersecurity and identity management for Bank of America. He leads the bank’s relationships with public and private partners in cybersecurity and identity management. Prior to that, Garcia was president of Garcia Strategies, LLC, a strategic business and government affairs consulting firm.

From 2006 to 2008, he served as the first presidentially-appointed Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) in the Department of Homeland Security. Garcia led CS&C’s strategic direction and oversaw the National Cyber Security Division, the Office of Emergency Communications and the National Communications System.

Prior to joining DHS, Garcia served as vice president of Information Security Programs and Policy with the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). He also served on the staff of the House Science and Technology Committee.

Steve Grobman, Director of Cyber Security Technology and Initiatives, Intel Corporation

Steve leads the team responsible for identifying and addressing Intel product security risks as well as planning products that solve tomorrow’s security challenges. The team also manages Intel’s policy positions on security and privacy. Previously Steve was Director of Business Client Architecture where he defined Intel’s future business client strategy, architecture and product roadmap. During Steve’s 15 year tenure at Intel, he has worked in leadership roles across Intel product groups and Intel Information Technology. Steve holds 3 patents and received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from North Carolina State University.

Joe Majka

Joe Majka is the Global Head of Fraud Control & Investigations with Visa Inc., managing the Cyber-Security and Investigations group. Joe has been with Visa for over 12 years and has more than 28 years of experience in corporate security and criminal investigations, specializing in the area of financial crimes.

Joe has lectured internationally on the subject of financial crimes and cyber security and as been a guest instructor at the Los Angeles Police Academy and the FBI Academy.

Joe is considered a leading expert in the area of data compromise investigations and incident response.

Joe holds a Bachelor's degree from California State University, Hayward and a lifetime teaching credential from the University of California at Berkeley.