David H. Holtzman

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David H. Holtzman is a former security analyst and military code-breaker, a futurist, activist, security expert, technologist, technology executive, and writer. Initiatives he spearheaded have radically changed the way people interact with technology.

Dot Com Boom[edit]

During the Dot Com Boom of the late 1990s, Holtzman ran one of the most critical networks in the world —- the domain name system. As Chief Technology Officer of Network Solutions and the manager of the Internet's master root server, Holtzman oversaw the growth of the commercial Internet from five hundred thousand to over twenty million domain names.

Early career[edit]

Early in his technology career Holtzman was a cryptographic analyst, Russian linguist, and submariner with the U.S. Naval Security Group. He worked at the Defense Special Missile and Astronautics Center as an intelligence analyst, focusing chiefly on the Soviet Manned Space program. As chief scientist at IBM's Internet Information Technology group, Holtzman managed the development of IBM's information product and service offering to encrypt and sell digitized content across the Internet, which was called cryptolopes. He served as a senior analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton for several years, where he ran technology-driven restructuring initiatives for Wall Street firms and large financial institutions. He also designed and built a networked, heterogeneous database and text retrieval system called Minerva, which was used by NATO and several trade associations before being sold to IBM in 1994.

Holtzman has designed and built numerous information-based software systems and is the author of several patents dealing in areas as diverse as identity management, digital rights management and domain name registration. He has consulted on marketing strategy for several large corporations, including Amazon.com. He has been a security consultant for several organizations, private and public, including Wesley Clark’s 2004 presidential campaign. He was also CTO for All-America PAC, Senator Evan Bayh's leadership PAC leading up to the 2008 Presidential election. He has been an adviser to over a dozen high-tech companies throughout North America. He has taught business courses as an adjunct associate MBA professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and entrepreneurship via a cutting edge “Lecture On Demand” technique for the University of Pittsburgh using distance learning software and podcasts.

In addition to being the author of the recently released Privacy Lost: How Technology is Endangering Your Privacy (Jossey-Bass, 2006) and consulting, Holtzman is currently the president of GlobalPOV, a firm he founded to explore significant technology issues and their effects on society. He has been interviewed by major news media including the New York Times, CNN, and USA Today. Holtzman wrote a monthly ethics and privacy column called "Flashpoint" for CSO [Chief Security Officer] Magazine, and his essays have been frequently published in BusinessWeek as well as Wired Magazine, CNET, and ZDNet. Holtzman publishes occasionally on topics such as privacy, intellectual property, business, and pop culture on his blog, www.globalpov.com. His new book, Surviving Identity Theft, will be published in Fall 2009 from Adams Media.

Mr. Holtzman was featured in a New York Times article about estate planning, in which he is quoted as saying, "Unlike paper, this is a very amorphous, rapidly changing set of circumstances. It puts a huge burden on the person doing the estate planning to maintain a cache of passwords."[1]

David Holtzman's most recent book is How to Survive Identity Theft: Regain Your Money, Credit, and Reputation (Step By Step Guide).


Holtzman has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

Personal Life[edit]

He is the father of five children, whom he raised as a single parent.[2] He likes to sail, watch Shakespearean plays, and cook.

Some Articles Written by Holtzman[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jacobs, Deborah L. (May 20, 2009). "When Others Need the Keys to Your Online Kingdom". 
  2. ^ Gill, Cindy. "The Web Master". 

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