Nicole Darden Ford has global responsibility for Information Security, as well as Information Technology Quality Compliance and Information Governance supporting Baxter International Inc. Nicole joined Baxter in December 2016 from Venable LLP, an AMLAW 100 law firm, where she was Director of Information Security. Nicole has held a variety of leadership roles within the private sector and federal government, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She has extensive knowledge and application experience with cybersecurity, cyber forensics and homeland security practices. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and a master’s degree in the Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia. She holds C|CISO, CISM, CEH and CISSP certifications. She serves in leadership roles for various Baxter employee groups, including the Global Inclusion Council, African American Leadership Council and Baxter Women Leaders.