In February 2002, leaders of what is now the PCD, authored a
letter to the President of the
United States. This letter expressed deep concern over the growing risk to our nation from
a cyber attack that could devastate the national psyche and economy more broadly than did
the September 11th attack. Fifty-four experienced cyber security researchers and leaders
signed the letter, which was then sent to the White House.
The White House invited the letter signers to review the President's draft "National Strategy
to Secure Cyberspace." This invitation, and the realization of the need to participate with
our government in a continuing process, led to the formation of the PCD and the creation of
a PCD National Strategy Review Panel.
On September 18, 2002, this panel, consisting of a dozen professionals, convened at
Stanford University to review and comment on the President's draft strategy. The group
voted at that time to form the Professionals for Cyber Defense (PCD) as a non-profit
group. The PCD incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on February 5, 2003
in the District of Columbia.